Circuit Archivist Service

Our Circuit Archivist Service provides hands-on assistance for members with archival and special collections.
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Affiliate and Full members in good standing can submit Service Requests for projects or assistance not to exceed 15 contact hours. These requests will be reviewed by CLRC staff and prioritized by urgency, need, and the significance of the collections. After a Service Request is approved, we will schedule a site visit (or Zoom call if appropriate) to develop a Service Plan with explicitly stated goals and outcomes. Barbara Scheibel, our Circuit Archivist, will travel to the repository to provide on-site assistance. The exact nature of this assistance will depend on member needs, but may include some of the following activities:

  • Consulting on archival and collections management best practices
  • Assistance in developing processes for accessioning, processing, and making materials accessible to the public
  • Assistance in developing policies and documentation (deeds of gift, copyright, etc).
  • Training in processing collections
  • Training in creating finding aids that meet archival standards such as Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and inputting them into Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative (EmpireADC)

At the conclusion of the project, the Circuit Archivist will draft a short report outlining outcomes and next steps that the member should consider moving forward.

We will accept Service Requests on a rolling basis.   Upon receiving the request, we will do our best to respond within 2-3 weeks.

Questions? Email Ryan Perry, CLRC Executive Director, at rperry@clrc.org.

About Barbara Scheibel

CLRC Circuit Archivist

I have worked as a librarian for over 30 years, with a focus on archives. My interest in archives began while working at the Local Genealogy and Special Collections Department at the Central Library (OCPL) in Syracuse, NY. There, I processed many archival collections and created finding aids to make these collections accessible. I also interned at Cornell University’s Preservation Department. Using this experience, I established a book repair lab at the Central Library, repairing circulating books and creating protective enclosures for fragile collections. In 2016, I obtained my Archival Certification through the Society of American Archivists, which I renewed in 2024. At Onondaga Community College, I served as the Reference and Archives Librarian, supervising the digitizing of several collections and making them accessible through NY Heritage, EmADC, and NY Historic Newspapers. I look forward to using my archival experience to assist CLRC members with their archival projects.