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    • 2019-04-25
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Worcester Public Library, 4th Floor Conference Room
    • 0
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    Getting Started with Digital Commonwealth

    If your institution is looking for a presence in the digital world, but you aren't sure where to start, then this seminar is for you. Join representatives from the Boston Public Library and the Digital Commonwealth in this practical 2-hour seminar that will answer: 

    • What is Digital Commonwealth? 
    • How does one apply for free digitization? 
    • What free services does the Boston Public Library offer? 
    • What kind of commitment does an institution have to make to get involved? 
    • What are benefits of membership in Digital Commonwealth? 

    Registration is free to libraries and other cultural organizations within Massachusetts.


    Location:

    Worcester Public Library

    4th Floor Conference Room

    3 Salem Square

    Worcester, MA 01608

    Space is limited so register early!!


    • 2019-05-01
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Canton Public Library, Aldrich Meeting Room
    • 5
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    Whether you work at a library, historical society, school or museum chances are you have teachers and students using our facility.  Maybe you’ve already been asked to create an activity or present a program for a class.  Or a teacher has asked for your help planning a lesson.  The digitized materials on Digital Commonwealth are a treasure trove for teachers looking to cover everything from the American Revolution to (fairly) current events, from US history to local history. Join Michelle LeBlanc, Director of Education for the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center for a 90 minute session to help you connect your unique collection with local teachers.

    We will begin – as teachers do – with the basics of the current MA history and social sciences curriculum frameworks as well as the Common Core standards. Then, we’ll demonstrate some approaches the Map Center uses to engage students with its resources – from the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources model to interactive digital tools. Finally, you’ll get to try your hand at creating a simple classroom activity or primary source set based on your collections and how they might connect to K-12 classroom instruction.

    Location: Canton Public Library, Aldrich Meeting Room, 786 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021



    • 2019-05-20
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Brandeis University, Goldfarb and Farber Libraries
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Getting Ready for Institutional Anniversaries

    When: May 20, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Where:  Brandeis University

                 Goldfarb and Farber Libraries, Gardner Jackson Room

                 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453     

    Is your institution preparing for a big anniversary? Are you considering a celebration in 5 years, 1 year, or 6 months? Join us for a discussion of how to start thinking about and plan your institution's anniversary. Our speakers represent a wide variety of institutions. They will discuss issues related to the planning, preparation, execution, budgeting, and assessment of initiatives for institutional anniversaries. They will talk about their successes and challenges. Each presenter will offer an overview of their institution’s anniversary events and will be prepared to answer your questions.

    Our panelists will include:

    • Sarah Campbell – Assistant Archivist, College of the Holy Cross
    • Brendan Higgins – Public Services Librarian, Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music
    • Mary Bell – Assistant Director, Wilbraham Public Library
    • John Healey – Archives Librarian, Emmanuel College
    • Heather Mumford – Archivist, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Countway School of Medicine

    Topics for discussion may include:

    • When do you start planning?
    • Which departments do you collaborate with?
    • Do you plan one big event, or many smaller ones?
    • Why types of events are most popular?
    • Are exhibits important? Both online and physical?
    • Are there special publications for the anniversary?
    • What type of programming is involved?
    • How do you budget for an anniversary? Where does the money come from?
    • How do you engage key players?
    • How do you take the initiative?
    • What do you focus on? Buildings? Documents? People?

    Registration fee: $10 (members); $20 (non-members)

    Not sure if your organization is a member? Please check here before registering.

    • 2019-06-06
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Boston Public Library
    • 0
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    VIP Tour of the Boston Public Library Digitization Lab

    The Digital Commonwealth Board invites members to join us on a tour of the Boston Public Library's Digitization Lab.  See how your materials get handled and digitized!

    Before the tour, join a DC Board Member for Q&A over complimentary coffee at the Newsfeed Cafe on the corner of Exeter and Boylston Streets inside the Central Library’s recently renovated Johnson building at 10am and receive a Digital Commonwealth coffee mug.

    Tours are available to active members of Digital Commonwealth only and are limited to 10 people.


    • 2019-06-06
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Westborough Public Library Meeting Room
    • 0
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    The Local History Hierarchy of Needs

    Local history curators can no longer be passive collectors of a location’s past. In an age where digital technology is disrupting traditional bonds in our communities, cultural institutions now need to create innovative programming that actively celebrates, facilitates, and captures local and regional identity. Using Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” as a model, Anthony Vaver (Local History Librarian at the Westborough Public Library) will identify the various phases that cultural institutions need to go through—and the skills that their staffs need to develop—to take their local history collections from being physical warehouses of artifacts to becoming vibrant, self-actualizing programs in our digital age.

    Vaver’s presentation will help cultural institutions create a strategic road map for organizing their local history collections, digitizing them, creating tools to access them, and then developing programming to help the community they serve explore its past, celebrate its present, and craft its future.

    Registration is $10.00 for Members and $20.00 for Non-Members.

    Space is limited so register early.


    • 2019-09-25
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Boston Public Library
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    VIP Tour of the Boston Public Library Digitization Lab

    The Digital Commonwealth Board invites members to join us on a tour of the Boston Public Library's Digitization Lab.  See how your materials get handled and digitized!

    Before the tour, join a DC Board Member for Q&A over complimentary coffee at the Newsfeed Cafe on the corner of Exeter and Boylston Streets inside the Central Library’s recently renovated Johnson building at 10am and receive a Digital Commonwealth coffee mug.

    Tours are available to active members of Digital Commonwealth only and are limited to 10 people.

    Registration will open on July 30, 2019.


    • 2019-12-06
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Boston Public Library
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    VIP Tour of the Boston Public Library Digitization Lab

    The Digital Commonwealth Board invites members to join us on a tour of the Boston Public Library's Digitization Lab.  See how your materials get handled and digitized!

    Before the tour, join a DC Board Member for Q&A over complimentary coffee at the Newsfeed Cafe on the corner of Exeter and Boylston Streets inside the Central Library’s recently renovated Johnson building at 10am and receive a Digital Commonwealth coffee mug.

    Tours are available to active members of Digital Commonwealth only and are limited to 10 people.

    Registration opens July 30, 2019.


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