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APH 2013 Annual Conference—Capital Reflections

The 2013 APH conference will feature twenty-five ninety-minute workshops presented in five sessions. Participants may choose to attend one workshop during each session. Though a few workshops are noted as basic (for those new to the personal history business) or intermediate (for more advanced personal historians), the majority of these presentations will be appropriate for and valuable to participants at any level of experience. The workshop category designation (Business Practices, Video Production, Marketing & Public Relations, etc.) is also listed. An asterisk (*) following the workshop title denotes that the workshop will not be recorded.

Note changes to the printed program: If you are the primary presenter of a workshop or seminar, you can view your class list here.

Session 1 (10:30 - noon)   Saturday, November 09, 2013

1A:  Client Contracts and Negotiations: Standing Ground and Giving Way  
Category: Business Practices/Skills   Level: General
From the first contact to the contract, client negotiations are always going on—in the background or foreground. How do you talk about money? How do you ask for what you need? When should you back down and take a different deal or when should you stand your ground? In this interactive workshop, Sheridan will offer key points to help you better navigate client negotiations and communications, from initial inquiries to contract discussions and dealing with a dissatisfied client. Participants will discuss various scenarios in small groups and then share, learning how to gauge the risk/reward potential for each.
Presenter photo hill-sheridan-2013-workshop-130x155.jpgSheridan Hill
Presenter Sheridan Hill
Sheridan brings a lifetime of writing experience to her clients' books. She profiled such celebrities as Sidney Poitier, Edward Albee, and Ken Burns, and written thousands of magazine and newspaper articles before becoming a memoirist. She has been a featured author and presenter at the Virginia Festival of the Book, the Blue Ridge Author Showcase, and other book festivals. She is the author of twelve personal biographies, an autobiographical mother-daughter memoir (My Name As A Prayer) and co-author of a centennial history of Jefferson Pilot Insurance Corporation.

» www.ReaLifeStories.com

1B:  Video Pre-Pro-Post - Part I: Video Production From Beginning to End  
Category: Video Production   Level: 
If you’ve not had any training in video production, if you’re just starting to offer video, or thinking about adding video to your portfolio, this two-part, hands-on workshop is for you. Dan will guide you through the process of video production from concept to finished product, with the goal of the video being highlighted on the APH website. In Part I, your team will create a storyline based on the theme provided, develop a shot-list to visualize the story, and determine equipment needs and locations. In Part II, (Workshop 2-B) we will shoot a short video using a camera, sound recorder, lighting equipment, and props.
Presenter photo darling-dan-2013-workshop-130x157.jpgDan Darling
Presenter Dan Darling
Dan joined APH in 2011, and is happy to attend his second Annual Conference. He has a BA in Theater Arts and an MFA in Radio/TV/Film. Also a Certified Legacy Advisor, Dan brings a love of history and years of experience in professional theater and video production to his company, Heartstring Video Production, a “one-man band” operation focused on personal history. www.heartstringvideo.com

» www.heartstringvideo.com

1C:  Keep Them Talking: Great Interview Strategies  
Category: Interview Skills   Level: Intermediate
Clients respond more readily to a person who is an expert at interviewing. In this interactive workshop, you will gain expertise by learning proven interview strategies and then practicing specific skills, including active listening, engaging conversation, leading questions, guiding the subject through uncomfortable memories, and successfully concluding the interview. You will learn about the Self-Discovery Tapestry, a guide for engaging subjects in life review and reminiscence; and with a series of exercises, you will practice interviewing each other and learn how to apply your new knowledge to future interviews.
Presenter photo meltzer-phyllis-2013-workshop-130x150.jpgPhyllis Meltzer
Presenter Phyllis Meltzer
Phyllis loves teaching—and going to school. She has earned advanced degrees in Gerontology and Adult Learning, with doctoral research focused on developing the Self-Discovery Tapestry, an interactive life review instrument that she published and distributes to universities. Formerly a speech therapist, Phyllis specializes in public speaking and teaching interviewing skills. She has practiced in Washington, DC and the Los Angeles area, and for the past nine years has conducted interviews published in the Journal of Occupational Science.

» www.lifecoursepublishing.com/

1D:  Hispanic and Latino Family Histories: Get Ready for Our Biggest New Market  
Category: Niche Services   Level: General
Hispanics and Latinos are family oriented and appreciate the stories of their ancestors. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to attract Hispanic clients and how to navigate the rich genealogical and family history resources available to those who know where to look. (And with a little help you don’t even have to speak Spanish.) Cristina will share tips and strategies on how to help Hispanics research and preserve their family stories, and she’ll provide essential information about how to reach out to this largest minority group in the United States.
Presenter photo bryan-tina-workshop-2013-130x153.jpgTina Bryan
Presenter Cristina Bryan
Cristina is a Cuban-American researcher, writer, editor, and publisher. She has taught workshops on memoirs and personal history for fifteen years and served as consultant and editor on numerous biography projects. With Anne Cole Johnston, she is founder and co-owner of Latino Ancestry & Life Stories™ and publisher of the newly released The Complete Guide to Hispanic-American Family History and The Family History Toolkit for Young Latinos.

» www.hispanicancestryandlifestories.com

1E:  Obituary Writing for Fun and Profit: Offer Your Clients Their "Last Writes"  
Category: Class/Teach Life Story Writing   Level: General
Legendary obit writer Jim Nicholson said that a good obit writer becomes part of the grieving process. The world of obituaries has changed dramatically in the past decades, and in this workshop you’ll learn the history and value of writing obits and teaching obit-writing workshops. Sarah and Sue will discuss the role of obits in our society, and the class will break into small groups to analyze elements of the obituary. You will learn how to write obits and design an obit-writing curriculum. This workshop is a companion to Sarah and Sue’s “The Art and, yes, the Joy of the Obit” WebEx class offered prior to the conference; you are encouraged to take the WebEx class prior to this workshop.
Presenter photo hessel-sue-2013-workshop-130x155.jpgSue Hessel
Presenter Susan T. Hessel
Sue has written obituaries since 1974, first as a newspaper reporter and then as a freelance writer and personal historian. As a personal historian Sue teaches life writing classes and is a certified Guided Autobiography (GAB) instructor.She view obituaries as an opportunity to show the world what it is missing when someone dies.

» www.lessonsfromlife.com
Presenter photo white-sarah-2013-workshop-130x160.jpgSarah White
Presenter Sarah White
Sarah provides writing services for individuals, families, businesses, and communities from her home base in Madison, Wisconsin. As a memoir writing coach, she helps people celebrate life and all it offers by creating life stories that bring understanding of our lives and times. She has been teaching memoir writing to small groups since 2004 and online since 2009. She blogs at www.TrueStoriesWellTold.com/.

» www.firstpersonprod.com


Session 2 (1:45 - 3:15 pm)   Saturday, November 09, 2013

2A:  Navigating the Content Jungle: Create Compelling Online Content  
Category: Marketing & PR   Level: General
Blogs, podcasts, video, audio, social media—the list of ways that you can create content to share your message with your target audience grows every day. If you are in business, you are online, and in order to be noticed among all the cyber clutter you need content that connects with your audience, creates a tribe, provides value, and moves your potential client to act—to purchase your product or service. This workshop will examine various online vehicles and explore which will best resonate with your targeted audience to grow your client base.
Presenter photo kirkman-kay-2013-workshop-130x161.jpgKay Kirkman
Presenter Kay Kirkman
Kay is Chief Content Officer at KirkmanCopy. As a writer, speaker, and trainer, Kay is passionate about the art of communication and has a strong desire to let others know how the words we use affect our lives in all areas. She conducts writing workshops for local businesses and speaks about the importance of language in creating positive results. Her forthcoming book, Navigating the Content Jungle, is due out in December 2013.

» www.kirkmancopy.com

2B:  Video Pre-Pro-Post Part II: Video Production From Beginning to End  
Category: Video Production   Level: Basic
Video is a wonderful medium for storytelling. In the continuation of this two-part, hands-on workshop for video beginners, you and your team will complete the process of planning and shooting a short video. In Part I (Workshop 1-B), you planned the shoot. In Part II, you will shoot the video and learn about post-production with the goal of having it featured on the APH website.
Presenter photo darling-dan-2013-workshop-130x157.jpgDan Darling
Presenter Dan Darling
Dan joined APH in 2011, and is happy to attend his second Annual Conference. He has a BA in Theater Arts and an MFA in Radio/TV/Film. Also a Certified Legacy Advisor, Dan brings a love of history and years of experience in professional theater and video production to his company, Heartstring Video Production, a “one-man band” operation focused on personal history. www.heartstringvideo.com

» www.heartstringvideo.com

2C:  Not Your Traditional Life Story: Write Stories As Unique As Your Clients  
Category: Editing/Writing   Level: General
“I was born a very young child...” Not! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll have fun while discovering new and exciting approaches to writing personal and family history. Each person is unique and different, so why should all life stories look the same? Patricia will review and discuss excerpts from a few published memoirs, providing inspiration and ideas for the class, and explore a variety of methods to tell clients’ stories in ways that reflect their personalities, interests, and abilities. Participants will write in class and share their work, with plenty of time for questions.
Presenter photo charpentier-patricia-2013-workshop-130x160.jpgPatricia Charpentier
Presenter Patricia Charpentier
Patricia is the author of the multi-award-winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time. She teaches, writes, edits, ghostwrites, and publishes personal and family history. A featured lecturer and workshop leader at genealogical societies and writers groups across Florida, Patricia offers workshops and ongoing courses and has helped hundreds write their stories. She also serves as artist-in-residence at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando.

» www.writingyourlife.org

2D:  The Role of Family Folklore: Using Folklore in Family History Studies  
Category: Historical Research   Level: General
Family Folklore can be a window into the shared culture, world view, and traditions of a family. In this workshop, you will practice techniques to document family folklore and learn about the art of ethnographic observation. Through slides, audio examples, and the sharing of their own family folklore, participants will look at the range of genres that can be found in the average family, deconstruct their meanings, and learn how tools from the discipline of Folklore can be used to document and interpret the culture of families for personal histories.
Presenter photo gates-bob-2013-workshop-130x150.jpgBob Gates
Presenter Bob Gates
Bob, the founder and former director of the Kentucky Folklife Program, has worked in this field for more than thirty years. As a folklorist and oral historian, he has developed archives, documented traditional culture, directed folklife festivals, and trained thousands of people how to understand and record their family traditions using the concepts of and methodology of a folklorist. In 2012 he received a lifetime achievement award from the American Folklore Society.

2E:  Putting Flesh on Old Bones: Storytelling Tips for Personal Histories *
Category: Genealogy/Family Tree   Level: General
Put more story in genealogy than "begat, begat, begat, and then they died" and families will want to listen. In this workshop, you’ll work with a professional storyteller to add genealogy to your stories in a creative way. You’ll learn about basic storytelling structure—having a strong beginning, a clear middle, and a strong ending—and how adding descriptions and details will help bring your stories to life. The workshop will also cover some basic genealogy sleuthing techniques to help you find new stories to enrich the ones you already have.
Presenter photo schoettler-ellouise-2013-workshop-130x157.jpgEllouise Schoettler
Presenter Ellouise Schoettler
Ellouise is a twenty-two-year professional storyteller. A North Carolina native, she is an "old-time Southern teller," just like those she grew up listening to around the family dinner table. Ellouise hosts two storytelling shows on local cable and produces a monthly storytelling venue in the DC metro area. She performs coast to coast at festivals (including The Capital Fringe Festival), colleges, libraries, and genealogical societies. She has taught this workshop for fourteen years.

» www.ellouisestory.com


Session 3 (10:30 - noon)   Sunday, November 10, 2013

3A:  Write Clearly, Write Cleanly: Tools for Reducing Verbal Clutter  
Category: Editing/Writing   Level: General
Common words like “really” and “very,” sentence starters such as “There is” or “The fact that,” and misuse of passive voice can drain life from your articles, blogs, or life stories. In this workshop, you’ll learn to recognize and remove verbal clutter in all your writing and develop strategies for crafting sentences that grab a reader’s attention. Mary will demonstrate how smart editing of a first draft can shrink its length and double its power. Participants (with beginning or advanced writing skills) will work in small groups using new tools to edit writing examples and then share with the class for feedback.
Presenter photo harrison-mary-2013-wokshop-130x160.jpgMary Harrison
Presenter Mary Harrison
Presenter Mary Harrison grew up loving language. She earned a B.A. in English at St. Louis University and an M.Ed. in English Education at the University of Missouri, and taught secondary English for ten years. Then, as a freelance writer, she interviewed hundreds of people for stories in national magazines, mainly People and Teaching Tolerance. In 2009, she launched her business, Morning Glory Memoirs.

» www.MGMemoirs.com

3B:  The Parts of a Book: An Overview  
Category: Print Publishing/Binding   Level: General
What’s the difference between a preface, foreword, prologue, and introduction? What's a half title? Does your copyright page include the dedication, acknowledgments, copyright notice, cataloging in publication information, and ISBN number? Why is it important to indicate A-heads and such? Does page one come on, before, or after the title page? Where do photo credits go? Acknowledgments? What's the best time to make the index? When (and how) do you write captions? What’s a signature? What can you omit from the front and back matter without appearing unprofessional? Using a quiz format for this workshop, Pat will detail and discuss the essential parts of a professionally published book.
Presenter photo mcnees-pat-2013-workshop-130x163.jpgPat McNees
Presenter Pat McNees
Pat worked for eight years in book publishing (at Harper & Row and Fawcett) overseeing production on more than 200 books. Following that, she worked for several years as a freelance journalist for the Washington Post and elsewhere. In 1991, she began helping people and organizations tell and publish their life stories. Pat served as APH president in 2010-2011 and maintains an active website of resources for writers and editors. She teaches life story writing at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

» www.writersandeditors.com

3C:  Finding & Using Our National Treasures: Search Public Archives For Your Projects *
Category: Historical Research   Level: Intermediate
The National Archives and Library of Congress are the storehouse of hundreds of thousands of public treasures, but rights to use these materials are often misunderstood. In this workshop, expert on-site media researcher Bonnie Rowan will discuss aspects of copyright and fair use and how this applies to using footage, photos, maps, illustrations, and newspaper articles that are part of the public archives in your personal history projects. Participants will learn from case studies in research and acquisition and have the opportunity to ask questions about researching and using visuals for their current projects.
Presenter photo rowan-bonnie-2013-workshop-130x158.jpgBonnie Rowan
Presenter Bonnie Rowan
Bonnie has written two books describing media resources in the Washington DC area. With a graduate degree in film, she has taught film studies and production as an assistant professor at Towson University in Baltimore. She also has a twenty-six year career as a professional on-site media researcher for films, with credit on more than 650 productions, an Emmy nomination for research for Rape of Europa, and research credits on several Academy Award-nominated films.

» www.his.com/~browan/

3D:  Mastering Your Community: Become an Expert on Personal History  
Category: Marketing & PR   Level: General
A vital element of any personal history business is becoming acknowledged within your community as an “expert in your field.” However, this is often easier said than done! In this practical, hands-on workshop, you will learn the skills needed to become the “go-to” expert within your own community for all aspects of personal history. Annie will take participants on an exploratory journey about using community assets, networking, creating an online presence, and building community interest. Participants will role play and work with each other to master new techniques.
Presenter photo uhl.sam-2013-workshop-130x152.jpgSam Uhl
Presenter Sam Uhl
Sam, our APH Vice President, believes that everyone’s life is a story worth telling. Growing up at the feet of elders at the nursing home where her mother worked, she discovered the rich legacy that resides in every person. Writing personal stories is a lifelong passion, so Sam was thrilled to discover colleagues when she joined APH in 2011. On any given day, you can find her listening to people’s stories everywhere from the local church pew to the local pub.

» www.cheerfulword.com

3E:  Let Clients Write Their Own Stories: Re-Evaluate Your Business Model  
Category: Business Practices/Skills   Level: General
For nearly twenty years, Mike Oke has worked with the concept of letting his clients write their own life stories—and he’s made it pay. In this workshop, he’ll demonstrate how to structure a project, how his process and pricing are designed to protect the client, and why that makes the sales process surprisingly straightforward! He will explain how to juggle twelve or more projects at a time, each valued at $5,000–15,000, and all without contracts! Participants will discuss ideas and learn how Mike’s concepts could work with the North American market.
Presenter photo oke-mike-2013-workshop-130x159.jpgMike Oke
Presenter Mike Oke
Mike, the founder of Bound Biographies, is Britain’s leading authority on the writing of private life stories. Since 1991, he has personally assisted in producing over 150 biographies while his firm has assisted in producing more than 250. He is the author of Times of Our Lives and Write Your Life Story, bestselling books sponsored by The Daily Telegraph, a national newspaper. Mike is a popular speaker and seminar leader and has presented at the annual Who Do You Think You Are? show in London. A member of APH since 2006, he is regional co-ordinator to the UK.

» www.boundbiographies.com


Session 4 (8:30 - 10:00 am)   Monday, November 11, 2013

4A:  Audio-An Affordable Option: Add Voice Recording to Your Portfolio  
Category: Audio Production   Level: General
Some APH members and potential clients may find the idea of large, expensive projects overwhelming. In this workshop, you’ll learn that working in audio format is an alternative that allows you to serve more people, preserve more stories, and still provide a valuable product. Gloria has been working in audio and singing its praises for thirteen years. She will walk you through the process from start to finish, including interview preparation, the actual interview, equipment needed, pricing, creating the final product, and marketing audio to your clients.
Presenter photo nussbaum-gloria-2013-workshop-130x159.jpgGloria Nussbaum
Presenter Gloria Nussbaum
Gloria is the owner and founder of Real to Reel, recording personal stories, in Beaverton, Oregon. She works in audio format because she is passionate about preserving the actual voice of her clients when recording their stories. She has been an APH member since 2001, served as membership director on the APH Board for four years, taught numerous workshops, and written about voice recording for the APH blog.

» www.real-to-reel.org

4B:  Video Tools and Tips: Getting a Great Look With a Low Budget  
Category: Video Technology/Editing   Level: General
Most of us are focused on the stories being told in our video personal histories, and rightly so. But how can we make them eye-catching without breaking the bank? In this workshop, you’ll learn some useful techniques, tools, and templates to add pizzazz without a Hollywood budget. We'll review some basics to avoid costly mistakes, look at some affordable tools, and perhaps learn a few tricks that may surprise you. This will be an interactive session, so please be prepared to share any tips you've learned through your own experiences.
Presenter photo darling-dan-2013-workshop-130x157.jpgDan Darling
Presenter Dan Darling
Dan joined APH in 2011, and is happy to attend his second Annual Conference. He has a BA in Theater Arts and an MFA in Radio/TV/Film. Also a Certified Legacy Advisor, Dan brings a love of history and years of experience in professional theater and video production to his company, Heartstring Video Production, a “one-man band” operation focused on personal history.

» www.heartstringvideo.com

4C:  Choosing the Right Book: Make the Right Choices for Your Project  
Category: Print Publishing/Binding   Level: General
Choosing the right paper stock, cover materials, binding, and printing process makes a big difference in the finished quality of your book. In this hands-on workshop, Jim will share his extensive publishing experience and guide you through the process using a wide variety of sample books and materials to help you understand how different materials and methods might work best for your project. Jim will explain the difference between traditional offset printing and digital printing methods, talk about the pros and cons of different types of processes, and clarify some common misunderstandings.
Presenter photo beckel-jim-2013-workshop-130x150.jpgJim Beckel
Presenter Jim Beckel
Jim has worked as a representative with Friesens books for twenty-seven years, helping others publish more than 3,000 trade and history books. In all Jim has thirty-three years in book publishing and printing and has done more than 200 history books in southern Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada. He will present the session as a highly qualified and respected industry educator, independent of any sales representation.

» www.friesens.com

4D:  Mastering the Art of Online Marketing: Make Your Website Work for You  
Category: Marketing & PR   Level: General
Almost every business uses a website to find new clients. Do you know how your website performs with regard to developing relationships, nurturing leads, and driving sales? In this workshop, internet and social media marketing expert Terri Holley will discuss how to grow your business by putting your website to work. You will learn different ways to build or upgrade a website using the newest technology and hear a critique of three websites, including feedback for improvement. If you are interested in having your website critiqued during this workshop, email [email protected]
Presenter photo holley-terri-2013-workshop-130x155.jpgTerri Holley
Presenter Terri Holley
Terri is CEO of Holley Creative, an Internet and social media firm. Terri loves to engage in robust conversation about online marketing. Her expertise has been featured in many publications including Women Grow Business, a site recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the best marketing and social media blogs written by women. A skilled user of social media, Terri authors and owns the nationally recognized blog Going Gray. She is also the producer and host of Social Media Voices, a podcast that features small business success stories.

» holleycreative.com

4E:  Personal History Best Practices: Marketing, Sales & Client Relations *
Category: Business Practices/Skills   Level: Intermediate
Professional personal historians know how to attract clients, handle objections, close sales, promote themselves, produce superior products, deliver the highest standard of service—and earn very good money! In this informative session, you’ll learn how to become a confident professional though experience, expertise, and attitude. Jennifer and Linda will talk about defining your USP (Unique Selling Proposition), strategic marketing, pricing, establishing yourself as an expert, getting publicity, keeping clients happy, and best overall practices for a successful personal history business.
Presenter photo campbell-jennifer-2013-workshop-130x161.jpgJennifer Campbell
Presenter Jennifer Campbell
Jennifer has been a personal historian since 2003 and a writer and editor for thirty years. In 2011, she received the first APH award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of personal history. She is the author of Start & Run a Personal History Business. She and her business, Heritage Memoirs, have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, MORE magazine, the Toronto Star, CNN Money, Elle.com, Gannett Newspapers (publishers of USA Today), Kiplinger's Retirement Report, and other publications. Jennifer has been a member of APH since 2002, serving in various volunteer capacities.

» www.heritagememoirs.ca
Presenter photo coffin-linda-2013-workshop-130x157.jpgLinda Coffin
Presenter Linda Coffin
Linda has been self-employed as a graphic designer for nearly thirty years. She founded her personal history company, HistoryCrafters, in 2004, and has published more than two dozen client books since then. She gives frequent presentations on personal history and genealogy topics throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Linda is APH's first Executive Director, has served as a volunteer in a variety of roles, and has conducted many workshops at APH conferences.

» www.historycrafters.com


Session 5 (10:30 - noon)   Monday, November 11, 2013

5A:  Beyond the Family Client: Explore a New Income Stream  
Category: Community/Corp History    Level: General
History projects for businesses, nonprofits, schools, or churches need not cost a fortune, involve dozens of interviews, and take ages to produce. While such extensive projects are often hard to sell, you can boost your odds of a sale—and your income—with targeted projects like leader profiles, founding stories, and booklets for use in advertising or fundraising. Using examples of written projects produced for a manufacturing company, a college, and a human services nonprofit, Stephanie will discuss how to seek out these opportunities, make the case to the client, and accomplish the project.
Presenter photo kadel-taras-stephanie-2013-workshop-130x165.jpgStephanie Kadel Taras
Presenter Stephanie Kadel Taras, Ph.D.
Stephanie has been a professional writer for more than twenty years. A past APH vice president and long-time APH member, she has made a full-time living in this field since starting her company, TimePieces Personal Biographies, in 2000. In 2012, she made more of her income from institutional history projects than from family stories. She has taught numerous workshops and a pre-conference seminar for start-ups at previous APH conferences.

» www.timepiecesbios.com

5B:  Forensic Online Search: Going Beyond Search Basics  
Category: Historical Research   Level: Intermediate
Google and the web offer a wealth of information in advanced search, image search, books search, patent search, legal search, and scholarly document search that can add context to current and historical photos and documents. In this workshop we'll go through a few real-world examples and talk about techniques you can apply to your own searches. You'll learn more about the types of information and resources available online and how to access it for your research. 
Presenter photo king-lisa-2013-workshop-130x162.jpgLisa King
Presenter Lisa King
Lisa works at CDG Interactive, focusing on research and analytics, and frequently speaks on search and social media. She has served as president and board member of DC Web Women and is a Global Village team leader with Habitat for Humanity. In addition, she is pursuing an MS in Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech and holds a BA from SUNY Empire State in Modern Intellectual Thought.

» www.lisaking.net

5C:  The Unintentional Digital Steward: Scanning Techniques & Best Practices  
Category: Archive/Preservation   Level: Intermediate
Personal historians have a vast array of solutions to meet their clients’ needs and scanning could be one for you! In this hands-on workshops, you will learn what scanning is (digital copying) and what it is not (preservation). You will learn how to determine scanning needs, see and operate various types of scanners, review metadata elements, structure and creation, and determine digital preservation risks. Additionally, Rick will discuss pre-scan preparation and editing as well as how and when to use different types of scanning and resolution.  
Presenter photo lippert-rick-2013-workshop-130x160.jpgRichard Lippert
Presenter Richard Lippert
Rick has had a lifelong love for the art of capturing and preserving images with careers in pre-digital and digital imaging. As founder of i/o Trak in 1995, he organized and managed paper-based records, scanning millions of content-sensitive paper documents and managing them as digital images. In 2010, he formed the E-Z Photo Scan group, offering clients solutions for organizing and scanning photos or other cherished printed memories in a way that will live on for generations.

» EZPhotoScan.com

5D:  Adopted and Estranged Families: Rebuilding a Personal History  
Category: Niche Services   Level: Intermediate
Many people don’t have the luxury of knowing their family. Those who are separated by adoption or just estranged from their birth family still need to know where they came from and how to embrace their cultural origins. In this workshop, Maureen will discuss methods to find information, help normalize difficult pasts, and celebrate complex histories, even if birth records are not available. You will learn about innovative approaches using mementoes, DNA services, adoption records, new technologies, and more. And you will learn that even if conventional methods and research materials aren't available, you still can have powerful personal history stories. 
Presenter photo mccauley-maureen-2013-workshop-130x163.jpgMaureen McCauley
Presenter Maureen McCauley
Maureen McCauley has served as executive director of adoption-related organizations and presented dozens of workshops on adoption-related issues in the U.S. and Canada. A strong advocate of personal histories for anyone involved in adoption, she has been interviewed about the subject on NPR, Voice of America, and MSNBC, and has had articles published in the Washington Post and Minneapolis Star Tribune. She believes that stories and pasts can be complicated, and that innovative approaches to telling those stories can be healing and powerful.

» www.lightofdaystories.com

5E:  Are Your Systems As Good As Your Skills?: Working Smarter and More Profitably  
Category: Project Mgmt/Consulting   Level: General
Being a good interviewer, writer, editor, designer, or producer is important, but the profitability of your business depends on having work processes that are clear and consistent. In this workshop, you will share your own challenges and think about your own work process. cj will discuss various aspects of a personal history business—from proposals and contracts to reviews and sign-offs—and demonstrate how you can spend more time on creative work and less on administrative. This isn’t about magical software or online services: it’s about how you support and sustain an efficient and profitable business in print, audio, or video.
Presenter photo madigan-cj-2013-workshop-130x139.jpgcj Madigan
Presenter cj Madigan
cj's motto is: think once; execute many times. She has been involved in print design and production since the era of manual typewriters. Since 2006, she has focused on helping personal historians deliver beautifully designed books with a minimum of confusion and aggravation. She has extensive experience as a team leader and project manager and has written extensively on workflow and systems on her blog. She recently completed a term as Communications Director on the APH Board where she streamlined the publications production systems.

» www.shoebox-stories.com

 

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