NCTPG tours the Tenderloin

After the NCTPG 2016 Annual Meeting, several attendees joined tours of neighborhood memory institutions. The Tenderloin Museum offers a walking tour Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Bill Fricker, executive director, graciously arranged our tour with Pamela, local resident and expert in Tenderloin history. One attendee said, “The Tenderloin Museum and tour was extremely profound.” We highly recommend planning a visit!
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2016 Annual Meeting Recap

Our 79th NCTPG Annual Meeting encompassed the theme of Beyond Books: Capturing the Unique in Community Collections. Our speakers presented successes and pitfalls in creating spaces for communities to preserve their heritage and contemporary voices. They  warned against complacency both in trusting technology and not questioning the librarian/archivist’s role in the process.

All presentation slides on Slideshare

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Add a tour to your 2016 Annual Meeting experience

The NCTPG Steering Committee is pleased to announce optional tours after the 2016 Annual Meeting. After lunch, join your colleagues on a tour of a local community collection.

Sign up for tours.

San Francisco Public Library History Center
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Get an overview of the collections, see highlights from the archives and rare books, and see the DigiCenter in action, including the Internet Archive scribes and other equipment.
Main Branch, 6th Floor. 100 Larkin St. Limit 25.

GLBT History Museum
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Docent-led tour through three exhibits on queer history, posters, photographs, and artifacts.
$3 at the door.
4127 18th St. A ten-minute ride on the MUNI Metro or streetcar. Limit 18.

Tenderloin Museum and Walking Tour
2:30 – 3:30 museum, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. tour
Visit the museum for an introduction to the Historic Tenderloin Neighborhood and then take a one-hour walking tour led by a resident historian.
$10 special rate for museum admission and tour, at the door.
398 Eddy St at Leavenworth. Six-block walk from SFPL Main. Limit 15.

NCTPG recruiting officers for 2016/2017

Are you in the Northern California area and interested in getting involved with your local Technical Services group?

NCTPG is looking for officers for the 2016/2017 year!

Duties include planning the annual meeting (theme, speakers, logistics) and other programs as desired.

We hope to have wide representation on our steering committee from acquisitions, metadata, and preservation from all types of institutions.

The committee usually meets once a month from September through May, with regular email communication. Remote attendance to meetings is possible.  We are looking for the following positions. A two year commitment is preferred.

  • Webmaster
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Vice Chair

If you are interested or have any questions please contact 2015-2016 Chair,Robert Rohrbacher at

NCTPG 2016 Annual Meeting

Beyond Books: Capturing the Unique in Community Collections

79th NCTPG Annual Meeting

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016

 San Francisco Public Library Koret Auditorium

Perhaps they are hidden in a storeroom or stacked on your desk awaiting attention. Sometimes they are held by communities which lack the resources to preserve and disseminate their materials. Audio, video, physical objects, and ephemeral print materials often do not fit into normal technical processing workflows. This year’s NCTPG Annual Meeting covers collections of non-traditional materials, including their acquisition, metadata, digitization, and preservation. How do we open up hidden and community collections and make them more accessible? What are the possibilities for collaboration with experts outside our institutions, other institutions, and the members of the communities we serve? How can we honor local perspectives and capture their unique voice in the collections we create and preserve?

This year’s speakers:


Register online
to start or renew your membership and attend the Annual Meeting. $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

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Save the date! NCTPG Annual Meeting Friday, May 6, 2016

The Northern California Technical Processes Group (NCTPG) is pleased to announce that its 79th Annual Meeting will take place in the San Francisco Public Library’s Koret Auditorium on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 9:30 to 1:00.

The presenters will be:
Rick Prelinger, Prelinger Archives
Al Bersch, Oakland Museum of California
Michelle Krasowski, Internet Archive
Geoffrey Skinner and Jon Haupt, Sonoma County Library

Please mark your calendars. Further details will be coming soon.

NCTPG Officers 2015-2016

Robert Rohrbacher, Stanford University (Chair)

Renata Ewing, California Digital Library (Vice Chair, Chair Elect)

Nancy Bradford, Napa County Library (Treasurer)

Alissa Hafele, Stanford University (Secretary)

Justine Withers, University of San Francisco (Webmaster)

Hilary Thorsen, Stanford University (Past Chair)