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Upcoming Webinars (including ones for Preservation Week)

From recent PADG digests.

“Assessing Options for Large Collections”
Tuesday, March 15 2011, 9:00-4:30
Mumford Room, 6th floor
AND via live Webcast

The Library of Congress
James Madison Memorial Building
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20540

The event at the Library is free and will also stream worldwide via live
Webcast, but registration for either is required.

This symposium will evaluate and review the three current best-practice options
for the management and care of large-scale general collections, including
environmental control, mass deacidification, and digitization. Participants may
sign up for optional tours of the Library’s Mass Deacidification Facility,
Digital Scanning Center, and Fort Meade Low-temperature/High-density

* The optional tour of the Fort Meade Repository will be on Wednesday, March 16
from 8:30-noon.

For more information, list of speakers, online registration, webcast
registration, and the Library’s recently updated annotated bibliography on mass
deacidification, see their website.

This announcement and others from the Library’s Preservation Directorate are
also available via the Directorate’s RSS feed. To subscribe to the feed, visit this website.


Free. This is a complimentary webinar presented as part of the events for Preservation Week.

ALCTS webinar: Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures
April 26, 2011
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, noon Mountain, and 11am Pacific Time.

Description: Accidents and disasters happen. When it does are you prepared? Are your family treasures stored safely in your home or elsewhere? How do you save your photos when they’ve been submerged in flood water? What do you do if your books smell mildewy? What if your basement floods or worse? Attend this session to learn answers to these questions and more.

Kraft will provide tips and tools for checking out possible hazards around the house, dealing with mold and salvaging keepsakes, documenting damage for insurance purposes, and keeping your family safe.

Learning Outcomes:

– Steps to take in preparing for and responding to a disaster
– Basic understanding of dealing with mold
– Simple techniques for salvaging keepsakes
– Awareness of available disaster assistance

Audience: Anyone interested in learning about disaster preparation and response. Strategies discussed during the presentation can be applied to home, library, or business.

Presenter: Nancy E Kraft, Head of Preservation at the University of Iowa Libraries, is responsible for directing the preservation and conservation of the library collections at the University of Iowa. In 2009 she received the Midwest Archives Conference Presidents’ Award for her extraordinary work following the historic levels of flooding that struck Iowa in the summer of 2008.

Kraft has assisted in many disaster recoveries, large and small, including the Iowa Floods of 1993 and 2008, the University of Iowa Old Capitol fire, the water soaked State Historical Society of Iowa building, and a mold outbreak in the Law Library’s rare book room. Her passion is assisting the individual to preserve his/her keepsakes.

Free. This is a complimentary webinar presented as part of the events for Preservation Week. To register, visit the GoToWebinar site.


Free. This is a complimentary webinar presented as part of the events for Preservation Week.

ALCTS webinar: Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at: 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern Time

Description: Digital photos, electronic documents, and other new media are fragile and require special care to keep them usable. But preserving digital information is a new concept that most people have little experience with. As new technologies appear for
creating and saving our personal digital information, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content. Learn about the nature of the problem and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital memories safe.

Presenter: Bill LeFurgy, Digital Initiatives Manager, has worked for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress since June 2002. He leads the NDIIPP Communications Team, which interacts with a broad range of people interested in preserving access to digital information. In former lives, LeFurgy dealt with electronic records at the National Archives and Records Administration and served as Baltimore City Archivist and Records Management Officer.
While he has memories of punch cards, monochrome monitors, and 30-pound portable computers, he is also an enthusiastic creator and consumer of social media. He has a BA degree in History from McGill University, as well as an MLS and MA in History from the
University of Maryland.

To register, visit the GoToWebinar site.


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