Image : Dental Instruments: Past and Present, Card Showing Tooth Extraction, with Advertisements on Back the Paul Baer Collection, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook University Libraries.
Volume 25 Issue 4
Long Island Archives
The LILRC Committee for the Preservation of Local History invites you to attend the
23rd Annual Archives Month Conference
Processing, Privacy and Preservation
Friday, October 12, 2018,
9:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Brentwood Country Club
CLICK HERE - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
One hundred years ago, a Spanish Flu epidemic broke out that, per the National Archives, afflicted twenty-five percent of the U.S. population. This anniversary was the inspiration to learn more about the world of medical archives and medical instruments used over time. The conference presenters for Medical Archives: Processing, Privacy and Preservation will enlighten and entertain us on the topic:
Jamie Saragossi is the Head of the Health Sciences Library at Stony Brook University. She works on various initiatives but has a strong interest in supporting learning, research, and discovery through academic engagement and outreach. Her research interests include new collection formats, embedded librarianship through technology, and evidence-based practice instruction. Her presentation is Dental Instruments Past and Present: The Digital Preservation of a Physical Exhibit Stony Brook University Libraries recently launched a digital exhibit, Dental Instruments: Past and Present. The online exhibit was created by digitizing the text, images, and objects which make up the physical exhibit, currently on view in the Health Sciences Library. This presentation will illuminate the catalyst for the creation of the online exhibit as well as the ways in which the site can support the research and teaching across several disciplines.
Kristen J. Nyitray is Director of Special Collections and University Archives, and University Archivist at Stony Brook University. Her publications range from the book Stony Brook: State University of New York to articles published in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing and RBM, and she has provided commentary on several film and television projects. A member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, she is recipient of the Chancellor's Award (SUNY) and the President's Award (SBU) for Excellence in Librarianship. Her presentation, Minding the Archive: The Max Fink Papers at Stony Brook University focuses on the remarkable career of Max Fink, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology Emeritus at Stony Brook University and a world-leading expert of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the focus of a new special collection at Stony Brook University Libraries. Dr. Fink has received numerous awards and published seminal works on ECT, psychoactive drugs, catatonia, and melancholia. The Max Fink Papers document the entirety of his career from conducting experimental research to providing expertise in media productions, including as a consultant on A Beautiful Mind (2001), the Academy-award winning movie about schizophrenia. Kristen Nyitray will discuss her multi-year efforts to steward this historically significant collection and to ensure its accessibility for research.
Later in the morning we will hold a panel discussion with some distinguished guests visiting from New York City. Titled All Medical Archives Are Not Alike: Three Repositories, Three Variations, each member will speak about their organization, collection challenges, and the evolution of the archive. The panel speakers are:
Stephen E. Novak, Head, Archives & Special Collections at the Columbia University Health Sciences Library since 1997. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University and his M.A. & Certificate in Archival Administration from New York University. Previously he has worked in archival positions at the New-York Historical Society, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and the Juilliard School. At Columbia he is in charge of an approximately 4,000 cubic foot collection consisting of the archives of Columbia’s schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing and public health, numerous personal papers, as well as photographs, film, video, and artifacts.
Barbara J. Niss, MA, is the Director of The Arthur H. Aufses, Jr. MD Archives and the Mount Sinai Records Management Program. She has a Master’s degree in History and a Certificate in Archives Management from New York University. She has served as an archivist at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, the LaGuardia Archives, and has spent the last 30 years at The Mount Sinai Hospital/Icahn School of Medicine. Over that time, the Archives program has grown from a one person shop to today’s staff of three archivists and a records manager, with oversight of all records across the seven hospitals and one medical school that comprise the Mount Sinai Health System.
Arlene Shaner is the Historical Collections Librarian in the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Room of the New York Academy of Medicine Library, where she has been on the staff since January of 2001. She has a master’s degree in history from the University of Rochester and an MLS from Indiana University-Bloomington, and worked, among other places, as an archivist at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and as a reference librarian at St. Louis Community College – Forest Park, before coming to the Academy. She is especially interested in promoting the use of the Library’s collections through collaborations with individual researchers and by hosting classes and groups who are interested in exploring the connections between the humanities and the history of medicine and health. She is active in a variety of professional organizations, including the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences, from which she received the Lisabeth M. Holloway Award for Distinguished Service in the spring of 2016.
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Social Media Engagement for Cultural Institutions
Friday, November 2, 2018 10:00 AM –12:30 PM
(Registration/networking begins at 9:45 AM)
Sachem Public Library (lower level)
150 Holbrook Rd, Holbrook, NY 11741 (631) 588-5024
Every cultural institution, no matter its size, reach, or audience, is expected to have a social media presence. The public expects to engage with institutions through various platforms, including blogs, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Yet institutions often face significant obstacles in this work, from a lack of technological infrastructure to limited staff time and knowledge. Starting a blog is a commitment, and the workshop will aim to help institutions determine how best to design a strategy that suits their needs. This workshop will also discuss:
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· The genealogical reference interview
· Genealogy collection development
· Your local history collection/librarian
· Other genealogy research institutions
· Changes to FamilySearch
· DNA as a genealogy research tool
· The benefits and challenges of social media
· Blogging as a platform for engagement
· Best practices for running an institutional blog
· What types of posts draw engagement
· Cross-platform promotion
· How to create your own blog
It’s All Relative: Genealogy Resources for the
Tuesday, September 18 , 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
(Registration & networking begins at 9:30AM)
Farmingdale State College, Greenley Library, Room 105
2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Have you noticed a great influx of genealogy related questions? Do your patrons want to talk to you about their DNA results? All reference librarians would benefit by learning the basic principles of genealogical research. Pick up some tips on how to enhance your genealogical reference interviews, learn about recent changes to some online resources, get the basics on DNA as a genealogy research tool, and learn where to refer patrons for additional genealogy research assistance.
Topics to be discussed include:
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Images of America -
From Breslau to Lindenhurst: 1870-1923
Q&A with Anna Jaeger and Mary Cascone
How did this collaboration come about?
It is a collaboration between a historical society and two municipal historians. Anna is the historian for the village of Lindenhurst and Mary is the historian for the Town of Babylon. A few years ago the Town of Babylon historian's office helped organize the photograph and postcard collections of the Lindenhurst Historical Society. There were thousands of fantastic images and we just knew they would make a wonderful book. In fact, there were really too many images to do one book. So, we decided to showcase the community’s first 50 years, from its start in 1870, through its name change to Lindenhurst in 1891, until the early 1920s when the village incorporated. In a year or so, we hope to continue with a book from the 1920s to the present.
How did you find the research experience to be?
Sifting through historical information from previous village historians was like a mini-archaeological dig through mid-20th century office technology - mimeographed sheets and notes made on typewriters. A lot of the information was anecdotal, undated and unsourced, but provided clues to help further research. The best resource at our disposal was having the South Side Signal newspaper in a searchable database, 1869-1920. Searching for a historic newspaper article to describe a photograph can be tedious, but actually finding one, is a thrill!
What were some of your challenges?
This book is Mary’s third book with Arcadia. That experience was helpful but there are always challenges, from verifying inconsistent information to finding high quality images. The series is based on images with 50-70 word captions, and it can be difficult to present a cohesive story across several photographs and pages.
Anything you think the readers want to know?
We hope that readers will enjoy this journey into Lindenhurst’s past, and learn a few things:
Breslau was originally marketed to German-American immigrants who built homes, started businesses and worked in the many factories – sewing notions, embroidery, breweries.
Wellwood Avenue, a main thoroughfare through Lindenhurst, was named for Thomas and Abby Welwood, but is spelled differently.
The community of Breslau changed its name to Lindenhurst in 1891. Many people think that it was changed around WWI, during a period of anti-German sentiment, but it was changed much earlier.
Order your copy at https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781467129909
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Recently released and upcoming books about Long Island history
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Clockwise from top left: Union Station, finding it easier to take picture than notes, Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - the location chosen for the All-Attendee Dessert Reception, Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero spoke at the opening Plenary (photo courtesy of the National Archives), panoramic of the National World War II Memorial, Slide from the session "Sharing Our Stories: Using Archival Collections to Develop Commemorative Events", the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, latest scanning technology found at the CAPITAL IDEA! Expo Hall, over fifty attendees sat in left field at the Washington Nationals baseball game. Center image: the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
Scenes from the joint meeting of SAA/COSA/NAGARA Archives*Records 2018 in DC
Coming soon to a library near you!
Requesting Materials Remotely
Best practices and sound advice from SAA's
Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research - Part IV
Once you have identified materials that will aid your research, the question then becomes how to access them. Policies regarding access vary among archives, but here are some questions to ask yourself, or the archival staff, to determine whether you can obtain access to materials without visiting the archives in person:
Are the materials you want to see available through interlibrary loan, meaning that the archives would send them to a library near you where you could view or borrow them? Some archives do lend out select materials (such as printed materials or microfilm), but rarely loan primary or original documents.
Are the materials you want available through libraries other than the repository at which you found them? Especially in the case of published and printed materials, other libraries might own the same materials and allow them to be loaned. The WorldCat database (mentioned in the “Finding and Evaluating Archives” section of this guide) is an excellent resource when looking for alternate lending libraries.
Will the archives provide scans or photocopies of the materials you wish to consult? What are the fees for those services? Are there limits on the amount of material that can be requested? Look for policies on photocopying and digital reproduction on the repository’s website, or contact a staff member and inquire.
Will the archives allow a research assistant to access materials on your behalf? Some archives may have recommended assistants or research services available to patrons unable to visit the archives in person. If not, hiring someone to help with your research can be a great option for remote access. Consider hiring a local graduate student or ask a friend living near the repository.
Do you have a simple question that can be answered by having the archival staff view the materials on your behalf? Archivists routinely answer reference questions for researchers, so if the information you need can be retrieved in a short amount of time, there is a good chance they can relay it to you without having you come in person.
From Using Archives: A Guide to Effective Research by Laura Schmidt, reprinted with permission from the Society of American Archivists (https://www2.archivists.org/usingarchives).
Long Island Archives - September/October 2018, Editor: Nicole Menchise, Regional Archivist
LILRC, 627 N. Sunrise Service Rd., Bellport, NY 11713-1540, Email: email@example.com, Phone: 631-675-1570
Digitization Best Practices and Metadata Basics
A NEW hands-on workshop that will offer the participant the resources to begin a digital project and to gain a working knowledge of commonly used metadata fields. This class will be for anyone wishing to learn more about these subjects or if you are interested in joining the New York Heritage digital collections website. Stay tuned for a list of scheduled classes to be published in the November/December Archives Newsletter.