Upcoming Conference: Significant Preservation: Inventories and Assessments for Strategic Planning

From the NCPC Press release:

Significant Preservation: Inventories and Assessments for Strategic Planning

North Carolina Preservation Consortium Annual Conference
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
November 7, 2014

Inventories and assessments of heritage collections and sites are vital for meaningful strategic planning that conveys the importance of allocating scarce resources for preservation programs. Establishing the significance of tangible heritage to the communities we serve is essential for prioritizing conservation, storage, exhibition, and emergency planning decisions to protect cultural treasures for present and future generations. This conference will help you influence organizational, political, and community leaders who have the authority to improve preservation funding. Register today for a valuable learning experience with state, national, and international preservation leaders.

Keynote Speakers

Veronica Bullock is the Co-founder and Director of Significance International. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Prehistory/Archaeology from the Australian National University and a master’s degree in Applied Science (Materials Conservation) from the University of Western Sydney. Her fellowship at the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property explored how significance assessments and risk assessments are taught in graduate conservation programs in Australia, Canada, the United States, and several countries in Europe. Ms. Bullock will provide an overview of the Significance Assessment methodology developed by the Collections Council of Australia.

Lisa Ackerman is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the World Monuments Fund and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute. She holds a BA from Middlebury College, an MS in historic preservation from the Pratt Institute, and an MBA from New York University. Her professional service has included membership on the boards of the Historic House Trust of New York City, New York Preservation Archive Project, St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts, Partners for Sacred Places, Neighborhood Preservation Center, and the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites. Ms. Ackerman will present an introduction to the Arches heritage inventory and management system.

Dr. Paul R. Green is a Cultural Resources Specialist for the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center, an Adjunct Associate Professor at Old Dominion University, and a modern Monuments Man. He holds a BS from Marshall University, MA from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a PhD in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Green is a member of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Historical/Cultural Advisory Group and the International Military Cultural Resources Working Group. He will address the challenges and importance of prioritizing global heritage collections and sites for the protection of cultural property during war and armed conflicts.

Lightening Session Speakers

Martha Battle Jackson is Chief Curator for North Carolina Historic Sites. She will provide an overview of the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) for Collection Stewardship sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums.

Andrea Gabriel is Outreach & Development Coordinator for the North Carolina State Archives. She will present an introduction to the Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) administered by the North Carolina Office of Archives & History.

David Goist is a painting conservator in private practice. He will give an overview of the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) sponsored by Heritage Preservation.


For more information on the conference schedule, registration, scholarships, etc., see the NCPC events page.

LYRASIS Town Halls: Cooperative Community Emergency Response and Recovery

LYRASIS will be hosting two town hall meetings where speakers from cultural heritage organizations will present their local disaster planning and response experience and efforts to address the needs for collaborative response. The first of the series will be held on October 8 Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The second in the series will be held on December 6 at the Georgia Tech Conference Center in Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta session will be webcast live for those of you interested and unable to travel.

Each site will feature regionally local speakers, addressing issues related to the community response networks they have created.  Additionally, Lori Foley, Vice President for Emergency Programs, Heritage Preservation, will discuss Heritage Preservation’s current project, the State Heritage Emergency Partnership, to promote the development of state-level cultural heritage emergency networks.​​​

Cooperative Community Emergency Response and Recovery.

Upcoming Workshops and Conferences

From PADG digest 11/10/2011

The University of Miami will host the five-day Digital Preservation Management workshop this January, in Coral Gables, Florida. The Application Form will be available on November 8th, 2011 at 1:00pm ET at http://www.regonline.com/dpmwmiami2012

Digital Preservation Management: Short-Term Solutions for Long-Term Problems
Miami, Florida, USA
January 8-13, 2012
USD $ 950.00 (includes daily lunch and one group dinner)

Who Should Attend?
The intended audience for the workshop series is managers at organizations of all kinds who are or will be responsible for managing digital content over time. The workshop begins on Sunday evening with an opening session, continues Monday -Thursday 9am – 5pm, and concludes on Friday at noon.

Additional information about the workshop structure, content, and instructors is available at:


NEDCC presents the Collections Care Webinar Series from January to May 2012. These 2-hour, live online webinars are designed for those who wish to become better stewards of their collections, and are beneficial to staff and volunteers at institutions, as well as private or family collectors. For more information: http://www.nedcc.org/eblasts/2012SpWebinars.html




To go to conferences and events … go online?

Greetings all from the second Library of Congress Future Directions Symposia Series (“Assessing Options for Large Collections”)! Many of you not in Washington, DC are watching the symposium webcast right now, and if you weren’t able to watch it live today then simply check back to the event’s website (link above) where a recording will be posted in a couple weeks.  If you’d like to view the first symposium (“Understanding the Physical Environment: From Silver Image to Silver Anniversary – 25 Years of Preservation Research at the Image Permanence Institute”), you can view the webcast recording here.  Or stay tuned for the third in the series “Transitioning to a Digital Future” this October 2011.  The Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress makes most of its events available via webcast, including most TOPS (Topics in Preservation Series) lectures.

Interested in ALA haps but don’t have the funding to travel to New Orleans this summer?  ALA promises more information about its virtual conference soon.  Last year, AIC shared conference posters online, and let’s hope they continue that practice and expand the online documentation (presentations, video recordings) of sessions in the near future.  The perennially wonderful National Archives Annual Preservation Conference has for many years posted its speaker slideshows online, and Yale is recording their Preservation Lecture series (featuring Abby Smith Rumsey with “But Storage is Cheap… Digital Preservation in the Age of Abundance” this Thursday 3/17) with the hopes of putting it up on iTunes.

ALCTS offers a number of preservation webinars, two of which will be free in celebration of Preservation Week: “Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures” and “Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories.”  Many more online courses are popping up via AIC and ALA, and RAP does a great job summarizing the offerings of the regional centers.

What other conferences and events are making their mark online? How has limited funding for travel and training changed the way you plan your professional development and training opportunities?

Announcements (grants, training, etc.)

A few things that caught our attention over the past few PADG posts and mass emails:

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks proposals that use cost-effective methods to digitize nationally significant historical record collections and make the digital versions freely available online. Grants normally last one to three years, and are given in amounts up to $150,000. Application deadline: Drafts (optional) are due April 1, 2011; the final deadline is June 9, 2011. Please visit NHPRC’s website for more details and complete guidelines.

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Division of Preservation and Access offer Preservation Assistance Grants to help small and mid-sized cultural heritage institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections.  Awards of up to $6000 support preservation related collection functions. The 2011 guidelines for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html. You will also find sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. The deadline for applications is May 3, 2011.

ALCTS offers a variety of online continuing education opportunities through webinars, web courses, and e-forums. There is an upcoming web course on Fundamentals of Preservation (Feb. 7-March 4, 2011), and an e-forum on Preservation Week @ Your Library (February 1-2, 2011).  Additional details and registration information can be found at http://www.ala.org/alcts/events.

Please save Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. to come to Yale University Library’s 3rd lecture of our Preservation Lecture Series.  Abby Smith Rumsey will be speaking at the Sterling Memorial Library on “But Storage is Cheap!…Digital Preservation in the Age of Abundance “.  Yale will make a more formal announcement closer to the event. A past lecture by James Reilly titled “Sustainable Stewardship: The New Thinking, Preservation Environments, and Building Operations” is on Yale’s YouTube channel.

The 2011 AIC workshops are being finalized. You can see more information and course offerings at the AIC education website.

Montefiascone Project: Summer 2011

The Montefiascone Project has announced their summer 2011 program:

  • Re-creating the Medieval Palette (July 25-29)
    Course Tutor: Cheryl Porter
  • Reconstructing an early medieval Islamic Book Structure (August 1-5 FULL) Places available 8-12 August. Early enrolment is advised.
    Course Tutor: Marco di Bella (Assisted by John Mumford)
  • Conservation Techniques for Islamic Binding (August 8-12)
    Course Tutor: Kristine Rose (Elaine Wright lecturing
  • Exploring the unique features of Spanish early modern account book bindings (August 15-19)
    Course Tutor: Chela Metzger

Library Binding Toolkit Now Available

The ALA-PARS Library Binding Discussion Group [now the Book and Paper Interest Group] has been working over the past couple of years to create a Library Binding Toolkit to help small and mid-sized institutions identify and prioritize materials for commercial binding. From today’s announcement:

The work done by the taskforce has yielded a resource that will assist small to mid-sized libraries in recognizing and prioritizing library material for binding. Yes, budgets are small(er) but there is an interest from our target audience for this type of information and the person making the decisions for binding or general preservation may be at a library that does not have a preservation program or staff have no preservation training. To order the Toolkit, contact Debra S. Nolan, CAE, at dnolan@lbibinders.org, or 561-745-6821.

A secondary function of the toolkit is to serve as an educational workbook to be used in regional workshops across the country. These workshops are designed to orient small and mid-sized library staff with Preservation Officers in their region to create resource networks.
The first of which is to be held in Arcadia, CA on May 14th 2010 (Preservation Week!). If you are interested in attending, contact Julie Page

Leather Conference (Poland)

Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń Department of Paper and Leather Conservation
presents “PARCHMENT AND LEATHER -research, conservation- restoration, craft” October 21-23, 2010.

Deadline of paper abstract (500 words) 15 April 2010. See the above link for information on how to send in your abstract.

Tectonics of Digital Curation (NEDCC)

A New Symposium on the Shifting Preservation and Access Landscape

MAY 25-26, 2010
The Ray and Maria Stata Center
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, MA

PRESENTED BY the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)
HOSTED BY the MIT Libraries

THE TECTONICS OF DIGITAL CURATION explores the sustainability of cultural collections created for and maintained on the Web. At this two-day symposium, a diverse faculty of national experts will examine the forces at play in our increasingly networked society.

COST: $325; students: $275