At our recent November 13th meeting, we had the good fortune to hear Don share his experience with volunteer archives programs. For the benefit of those who could not attend, here are the slides from his presentation:
Don is the curator of manuscripts at the Hunterdon County Historical Society and an archivist with the New Jersey State Archives. He has a BA in History from the University of Maryland, a BS in Horticulture from Rutgers University, and a MLS from the University of Southern Mississippi.
ABA: Welcome, Don. In a few sentences, tell us what you’ll be presenting at ABA.
Don: I will discuss the formation, maintenance, and outcomes of a volunteer staffed archival program at the Hunterdon County Historical Society, in Flemington, NJ. The discussion will consider the ethics of a volunteer program, the decisions that go into exactly what the scope and breadth of a volunteer’s duties should be, and the value of the program to the institution and the participants.
ABA: What do you hope audiences will get from your talk?
Don: I hope the audience will realize that it is possible, under the right conditions, to successfully implement a volunteer program in archival repositories that benefit the volunteers themselves as much as the host institution.
ABA: On a scale from 1 – 10, (10 being hardest) how easy would it be for other archivists to implement the project you’re presenting here?
Don: It is hard to say how difficult it would be for other archivists to replicate a program like this, as it is institution based, I think; so I will say a 5.
ABA: Describe your favorite collection or project in one sentence or less.
Don: The best project is the latest one that is completed!
ABA: BONUS: Do you feel prepared for a zombie outbreak in your repository?
Don: Of course I am ready for a zombie outbreak. Wasn’t that a point of emphasis on the latest Emergency Preparedness Guide issued by COSA?
ABA: Fantastic, we’re really looking forward to your talk!