Demystifying Archivist Speak: A Virtual Workshop with Zachary Bodnar and Billy McCarthy

Zachary Bodnar and Billy McCarthy
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1-2 pm EDT

This event will be held live on Zoom with an interactive Q&A



What does an archivist mean when they talk about appraisal? Or when they speak of facsimiles or ephemera? What are born-digital records, and why are they always saying that they need to “respect des fonds”? Archivists often speak a language unto themselves, and while this facilitates discussions among library professionals, it can often become a stumbling block when trying to speak to general audiences.

In this webinar for those interested in archiving their church’s collections, archivists Zachary Bodnar and Billy McCarthy will work to demystify “archivist speak,” giving you a unique look into an archivist’s world and equipping you with the knowledge and language necessary to best communicate the work of church stewardship. The program will conclude with plenty of time for Zachary and Billy to answer your questions about archival terms and concepts.

“Demystifying Archivist Speak” is part of the Congregational Library & Archives' commitment to helping churches preserve their valuable historical records through our Church Stewardship Initiative. Check out the library’s YouTube channel for more videos in the series.

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Zachary Bodnar graduated with a Masters of Library and Information Science from Simmons University, with a concentration in archives management, in 2018. Prior to his work at the CLA, Zachary worked at the Bellamy-Ferriday House and Garden archive, the Vassar College Special Collections, the Harvard Law School Library, and the Harvard Botany Libraries. Zachary joined the CLA as an Archives Assistant in 2017, helping to prepare materials for digitization through the New England’s Hidden Histories program. In 2018, he took on the title of Archivist. His professional interests include metadata collection and management, digital archiving, audio/visual preservation, and archives management.

Billy McCarthy graduated with a Masters of Library and Information Science at Simmons University with a concentration in Archival Management. Billy started working at the CLA through a graduate internship and was hired full-time as an Archivist in 2018. His work includes processing some of the oldest and more complex collections housed in the archives and also manages reference requests and serves as the archival collections manager. Some of his professional interests include increasing access, collection management, processing of complex materials, and facilitating research.