Wyoming State Archives to Offer Archive, Digitization Workshop

Wyoming State Archives to Offer Archive, Digitization Workshop

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (WY SHRAB) has announced it’s hosting a free two-day workshop on archiving and digitization.

The Archives and Digitization 101 workshop is scheduled to take place June 21-22, at the Wyoming State Library. During this event, participants will learn basic archival best practices for managing, preserving, and digitizing collections. Those working with local history collections or working in smaller archival repositories and those who may not have any formal archival training are encouraged to attend.

While day one will be instructor-led sessions by Leigh Jeremias and Amy Hitchner, day two of the workshop is dedicated to one-on-one sessions with historic collection specialists for collection consulting or hands-on digitization training. Digitization kits will be provided for use by the Colorado State Library. Digitization kits from the WY SHRAB via the Wyoming State Archives will be available to view. Participants will learn how to check out a digitization kit for their own historic collection needs.

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Leigh Jeremias is the Digital Collections Coordinator for the Colorado State Library where she manages the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection and the Plains to Peaks Collective, the Colorado-Wyoming Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America. Ms. Jeremias has over 21 years experience working to make historical collections more accessible to the widest audience possible. She has extensive experience in the development, care and refinement of archival and digital collections as well as knowledge of several collection management databases, metadata schemas and aggregation, copyright and risk assessment, and project management.

Prior to working at the State Library, Ms. Jeremias worked at History Colorado and the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, PA. In her current role she works to expand state and national access to all types of historic collections found at both small and large cultural heritage institutions.

Amy Hitchner is the Metadata and Integration Services for the Colorado State Library, where she manages CVL Collections, a program that helps small cultural heritage organizations get their digital collections online using the Omeka platform. The program is also an on-ramp to participate in the Plains to Peaks Collective, the Colorado and Wyoming hub of the Digital Public Library of America. In addition to managing CVL Collections, Amy publishes the Friday Grab Bag, a weekly series highlighting Colorado library programs and events. She has 15 years of library experience in cataloging, metadata, technical services, electronic resources, serials, and collection management at academic and school libraries.

For more information about the board and events, please contact Sara Davis,  WY SHRAB coordinator and Wyoming State Archivist, Wyoming State Archives, Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources at (307) 777-8691, or visit the SHRAB website. Please email Sara Davis, sara.davis@wyo.gov, and/or Leigh Jeremias, ljeremias@coloradovirtuallibrary.org for more information about this workshop.

The Wyoming SHRAB promotes the identification, preservation and dissemination of the state’s historical records, by encouraging and supporting ongoing training programs for state, tribal and local governments, local repositories, organizations, and others involved in records care in Wyoming. Grants are made available through the Wyoming SHRAB by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The program is administered by the Wyoming State Archives, which is part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

Please contact Sara Davis at the Wyoming State Archives at 307-777-8691, email at sara.davis@wyo.gov, or use the online form at to register for the workshop