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Upcoming Event: NCPC Annual Conference

The topic of this year’s North Carolina Preservation Consortium Annual Conference has been announced. If you are in the area why not spend the day thinking about how to better advocate for preservation? The food is always good at the Friday Center, too. A full announcement as well as more information on NCPC is on their website, and be sure to “like” them on Face Book.

Advocating for Collections Preservation

William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
November 18, 2011    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The current economic and political climate for library, museum, archives, and historic site preservation is challenging.  Advocates are vital for the long term survival of art, literature, scholarship, research, history and heritage collections.  This year’s North Carolina Preservation Consortium annual conference addresses strategies for cultivating and preparing advocates to champion our preservation priorities.  How do we convince our leaders that collection preservation is vital to the mission of our institution?  How do we compel local, state, and federal politicians to vote for funding collection preservation?  How do we gain the support of the general public for collection preservation?  When should we ask an advocate to become a philanthropist?  Come to Advocating for Collections Preservation for answers these questions and more.


Ember Farber is the Grassroots and Advocacy Manager at the American Association of Museums.  AAM represents the entire scope of museums and advocates on issues of concern for the whole museum community.  The AAM Government Relations and Advocacy staff coordinates an annual Museums Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. and issues alerts on legislation that impacts museums.  Farber will provide an overview of the AAM advocacy program and present recommendations for winning support from local, state, and federal political leaders who make decisions on legislation and budget allocations that impact collection institutions and preservation granting agencies.

Julie Mosbo is the Preservation Librarian at the Morris Library, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Chair of the Preservation Week Working Group in the Preservation and Reformatting Section of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association.  Mosbo will deliver a history of, and share plans for, Preservation Week, a national public outreach program held in April to teach people how to care for their precious collections and in turn connect with the preservation of collections in cultural institutions.  The founding partners of Preservation Week are the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services/American Library Association, Library of Congress, Institute of Museum and Library Services, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Society of American Archivists, and Heritage Preservation.

Eryl P. Wentworth is the Executive Director of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.  She is also the Executive Director of FAIC, the Foundation for AIC.  The Foundation supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage and continually strives to increase funding for grants and scholarships, to support a range of educational programs, and to help elevate the status of conservation in the eyes of the public.  Wentworth will speak on the benefits of Foundations and the cultivation of advocates to philanthropists who make significant and meaningful gifts to collection preservation.

Other Speakers 

This conference will also feature a “lightning round” of short presentations from several North Carolina collections professionals involved with preservation advocacy programs and projects.


The registration fee is $60.00 for employees of NCPC member institutions, individual NCPC members, and Friends of NCPC; $75.00 for non-members; and $50.00 for graduate students in collections programs.  This fee includes lunch, refreshments, and materials.  Please complete and mail a registration form with payment.  The form is available on the NCPC Web site at   http://www.ncpreservation.org

North Carolina Preservation Consortium 

The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) is a 501C3 nongovernment, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of collections in our state’s archives, libraries, museums, historic sites, records centers, and other heritage collection institutions. NCPC also informs the general public about preservation to safeguard private collections and family treasures. Our preservation mission addresses the proper care and handling of materials; storage and environmental control; disaster preparedness and recovery; the repair, reformatting and conservation of collections; and collection security. NCPC supports the preservation of information content, and the medium as artifact, in new and traditional formats for present and future generations.


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