Simmons Digital Curriculum Laboratory

Hi Everyone —

You will notice in the press release below that Simmons College has received a grant to build an Archives and Preservation Digital Curriculum Laboratory to create some learning modules for training students to work on a variety of digital archiving and preservation initiatives. I am happy to say that we will be participating in the project as one of the test sites. Our kickoff meeting at Simmons will be held in April, and you will be hearing more about our participation as things move forward.


Subject: Press Release- Simmons College GSLIS Receives $138K Grant from NHPRC
From: “Timothy R. Gladson”
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2010 16:30:28 -0500
X-Message-Number: 23

BOSTON (March 1, 2010) — The Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) has received a grant of $138,182 from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the project “Building an Archives & Preservation Digital Curriculum Laboratory.”

Through this NHPRC grant and an IMLS grant received in 2009, GSLIS will build a digital curriculum laboratory to enhance archives and preservation education. The Lab will enable students, educators and researchers to learn, instruct and experiment with digital materials in a digital environment. Goals built into this grant include building the infrastructure of the lab, and producing learning modules.

The Simmons Archives and Preservation Digital Curriculum Lab will be a controlled digital space providing integrated access to digital content, content tools, curriculum-based scenarios, and workspaces. Students will have opportunities to experiment with and implement a range of digital archival and preservation procedures from record creation through preservation and delivery. The Lab will allow educators and students to evaluate and gain practical experience with current software and standards and a variety of open source content management systems.

Curriculum development specialists from Yale University and Tufts University will work in conjunction with GSLIS faculty on scenarios and learning modules. The scenarios will be tested and evaluated in the archives education programs of New York University, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and by students of Simmons College.

NHPRC, the grant-making arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources relating to the history of the United States.

The nationally ranked Simmons GSLIS (www.simmons/gslis) is one of the oldest and largest library and information science programs in the nation. It is also ranked as one of the top 10 Archives/Preservation Management programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Contact: Jeannette Bastian

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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