New Self Assessment Tool Released

From the PADG list:

The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) is now live!

The University of Illinois and its project partners are proud to announce that after two years of development and testing, The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP, https://psap.library.illinois.edu/) is available for use!  The PSAP is a free online tool that helps collection managers prioritize efforts to improve conditions of collection materials. Through guided evaluation of items and collections, storage/exhibit environments, and institutional policies, the PSAP produces reports on the factors that impact the health of cultural heritage materials, and defines the points from which to begin care.

The PSAP was created to assist any organization that collects paper documents/books, photographic and image materials, and audiovisual media, including library special collections, archives, museums, and historical societies. Like the Audiovisual Self-Assessment Program (AvSAP) which preceded it, the PSAP is designed to assist in organizations where little to no prior preservation training exists. Our goal is to help collections managers develop a prioritized preservation plan as well as to educate them on the “health risks” posed to their collections and what they can do to mitigate them with the resources at hand.

In addition to the assessment functions, the PSAP also offers the Format ID Guide among other useful resources.  The Format ID Guide is a stand-alone guide that can assist collection managers in identifying the formats of materials in their collections ranging from matte collodion photographs to U-matic video recordings.  Once identified, the Format ID Guide provides useful advice on that material type’s history, composition, preservation challenges, and optimal storage and display.

About the developers of PSAP: The University of Illinois Library partnered with Heritage Preservation, the Spurlock Museum, the Illinois State Library, the McLean County Museum of History, the Chicago History Museum, The Urbana Free Library, and the Illinois Heritage Association on this project. The PSAP was made possible with generous support through a National Leadership Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) .

For more information on the Preservation Self-Assessment Program visit the PSAP website at:

https://psap.library.illinois.edu/

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#5DaysOfPreservation-Join In The Fun

Kevin over at Library Preservation 2 has a great idea. To read Kevin’s full post, go to Library Preservation 2. Let’s spread the word!

#5DaysOfPreservation

Here’s my idea. During the 5 working days of July 14-18, 2014 anyone (or any institution) with any bit of preservation responsibility take at least one picture each day of something that depicts what preservation looks like for them that day and post it online with the hashtag #5DaysOfPreservation  It could be copying files off floppy disks, repairing a book, participating in a meeting, attending to a leaky roof, inspecting film reels, showing off a new piece of equipment, or however preservation looks to you that day..

North Carolina’s Most Endangered Artifacts

North Carolina is the latest state to have an “endangered artifact” awareness drive. We have been hearing a lot about CCAHA’s effort in Pennsylvania, and Virginia’s Top Ten Endangered Artifact program. Now North Carolina Preservation Consortium has developed a program for that state. Deadline for entries is August 1, 2013, so hurry!

North Carolina’s Most Endangered Artifacts is a statewide preservation awareness and fundraising campaign sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium that promotes the survival of tangible heritage in our state’s archives, historic sites, libraries, museums, and other collection institutions.

Conservation can save damaged and decaying artifacts for future generations. Professional conservators apply art and science to their craft. However, it can be costly. North Carolina collection institutions need your help. Many do not have the funds to pay for conservation. Without intervention these artifacts will perish.

The first step to saving these artifacts is nomination. The NCPC Board of Directors will review nominations and select artifacts for this program. A call for donations to fund artifact conservation will then be launched. Nominations will be accepted until August 1, 2013.

Next, help us raise public awareness and donations to save these artifacts. Visit our advocacy and donation web pages.