Call for participants: interactive workshops

The UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC) is now taking applications for a new interactive workshop, “Teaching a Web of Arkansas History.”

Each workshop is limited to 10 participants. Please submit the participant application, along with a letter of support from your supervisor, to by Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

Led by CAHC archivist Shannon Lausch and Director of Technology Chad Garrett, the workshops are open to museum, library, and archive professionals, as well as secondary education teachers across Arkansas, this free all-day workshop will be offered three times in 2016. Participants will receive hands-on training, creating a mock web exhibit about the Arkansan political cartoonist Jon Kennedy.

Step-by-step instructions will be given on creating a web-based exhibit with historical images.

As they work on the mock exhibit, participants will learn professional standards for caring for and digitizing photographs, as well as how to use Omeka, a free web-publishing platform.

The workshop will also teach participants how to write descriptions for digitized materials to optimize their ability to be found on the Internet.

All three workshops will be held in Little Rock but are expected to draw participants from throughout the state.

Applicants selected to participate in these workshops will receive a portable flatbed scanner and the book, Photographs: Archival Care and Management, by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler and Diane Vogt-O’Connor.

Travel assistance will be offered to teachers attending from outside the central Arkansas area.

“Teaching a Web of Arkansas History” is made possible by the Arkansas Community Foundation’s Bridge Fund Endowment.

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