Posted by: kansaschern | July 27, 2015

RE-ORG : Step-by-Step Reorganizations for Small Museums

RE-ORG : Step-by-Step Reorganizations for Small Museums

Webinar from Connecting to Collections Care Online Community (C2C)

AUGUST 5, 2015  2:00-3:00 EDT

As museum collections continue to grow, adequate storage space is becoming a rare commodity. A recent international survey indicated that roughly two thirds of collections in storage were at serious risk. With poor storage conditions, it is challenging for museums to use collections for enjoyment, research or education; moreover, effective emergency response may be compromised. RE-ORG, developed by ICCROM and UNESCO, is a step-by-step methodology to assist small museums in reorganizing their storage areas for better access and conservation. The focus of RE-ORG is on making improvements to existing storage areas, and not on planning and building new facilities. This webinar is an introduction to the RE-ORG methodology and various tools (both current and upcoming), and to the Canadian Conservation Institute’s RE-ORG: Canada training program.

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Posted by: kansaschern | May 15, 2015

Free Conservation Workshop in Abilene, May 27

In partnership with the Midwest Archives Conference, the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Abilene, will offer a conservation workshop on May 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public; however, registration is limited to 20 participants.
Whitney Baker and Roberta Woodrick, conservators from the University of Kansas Libraries, will provide participants with simple, cost-effective strategies on the care of documents.The workshop is designed for family historians, as well as archives and museum professionals.
A presentation of the MAC Speakers Bureau Basic Workshop Series, the workshop will include lectures and hands-on activities. Participants will learn to distinguish between problems and treatments they can handle and those that require the expertise of a conservator. Topics include the care and handling of books, oversize paper and photographic material. 
The workshop will be held in the Library building on the campus of Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home. To register, call 785.263.6700 or email

The Winds Began to Shift: Museum Disaster Planning Monday, May 18, 2015

8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Flint Hills Discovery Center

315 S. Third, Manhattan, KS

How will your organization respond if disaster strikes? Join colleagues for a lively discussion about disaster preparedness and lessons learned. Discover preservation techniques in a behind the-scenes tour of the K-State Library’s preservation lab.

Cost: (box lunch included)

$45/KMA Members; $55/Non-KMA Members; $25/Students

Program and Registration

Posted by: kansaschern | April 9, 2015

Preservation Week @ Your Library (April 26-May 2, 2015)

Libraries, museums, archives and other organizations work every day to preserve cultural history. Over 4.8 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections and archaeological repositories in the United States.

Why is preservation important? Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan such as natural disasters, and 1.3 billion of these items are at risk of being lost. If billions of items are at risk at our heritage institutions, than plausibly trillions of items held by the general public are at risk.

During Preservation Week libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

The American Library Association has compiled some resources to help you preserve your family treasures and learn what to when disaster strikes. There’s also an activity guide filled with fun projects to get the whole family involved.

Posted by: kansaschern | April 9, 2015

ALCTS Preservation Week Webinars

Join ALCTS in celebrating Preservation Week by attending this free webinar series!

April 28th – Moving Image Preservation 101
Sponsored by HF Group & George Blood, LP
This presentation covers the basic composition and history of film and video technology, particularly as it relates to formats found within personal and family collections. Tips and tricks for preserving your personal moving image materials will be addressed so that future generations can continue to enjoy your family movies and videos.

April 30th – Digital Preservation for Individuals and Small Groups
Sponsored by Gaylord.
As technology changes, the greatest threat to preserving digital files is obsolescence. Files may get stuck on obsolete media or in some form that may become unusable in time. This webinar can help increase your understanding of what it takes to preserve commonly used digital files such photos, recordings, videos and documents. Learn about the nature of the digital-preservation challenge and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you preserve your digital stuff.

May 1st
Disaster Response Q&A
Once a disaster strikes, the knee-jerk reaction is to rush in and save everything, but racing in without advance planning puts collections at risk of more damage and staff at risk of injury. This session will feature a live question-and-answer session. Participants will have an opportunity to comment on the recording of the 2010 webinar, “Disaster Response” and to ask questions of Nancy Kraft.
How to Register
There are no fees for these webinars, but you must register online.
For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:
For questions or comments related to registration or the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or
Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

Free Webinar on College and University Emergency Response Training

by Heritage Preservation

As part of FEMA’s Emergency Management Higher Education Program, the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering the following webinar:

“In Emergency Response, Great Plans Are a Smart Thing: Training is Everything!”

April 23, 2015 11:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT Presenter: Bo Mitchell, President/Founder 911 Consulting

Smart plans are critical. But, if we don’t get the words off the paper and into people’s heads, we have failed. Thus, training is everything given that people can’t and won’t run to look at binders for response in a real emergency. What are the legal requirements for training? What are the current practices and obstacles on campuses regarding training? What are the proven ways to train for emergency response? How does your campus compare?

Learning Objectives:

1.    What are the laws, regulations and standards that control emergency plan training?

2.    How will lawsuits affect you and your campus?

3.    What are – versus what should be – the overriding attitude of administrators in training employees in emergency response?

4.    What are the obstacles and consistent mistakes administrations make in emergency training?

5.    Do we need to train the Emergency Team differently than the rest of employees?

6.    How to protect your administration?

Conference Number: 800-320-4330 Participant Code: 316172

To join the meeting:

For additional information, contact Lillian Virgil, Chief, Mitigation Branch, Emergency Management Institute, or call 301-447-1490.

Posted by: kansaschern | February 26, 2015

Active Shooter Workshop

For situational awareness, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is conducting an Active Shooter Workshop on March 30th, 2015 at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort. There is no charge for registration/attendance.

DHS Active Shooter Workshop
March 30, 2015
Prairie Band Casino & Resort
12305 150th Rd, Mayetta, KS 66509

A Unique Training Opportunity
Prairie Band Casino and Resort and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are hosting a one-day Security Workshop to enhance awareness of, and response to, an active shooter event:
*Educating participants on the history of active shooter events;
*Describing common behavior, conditions, and situations associated with active shooters; and
*Fostering communication between infrastructure owners and operators and local emergency response teams—this includes discussion of interoperability, communications protocols, and best practices for planning, preparedness, and response

Building Emergency Planning Capabilities
The event will describe how to incorporate key elements of successful incident management into planning efforts, such as:
*Communicating with and accounting for employees;
*Building familiarity with local responders and knowing their capabilities;
*Coordinating with first responders before, during, and after an incident; and Integrating public affairs into incident management

Registration for this event is free.…/active-shooter-preparedness-wo…/

Registration closes March 26, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EDT)
Limited seating is available; 2 slots per organization only

Posted by: kansaschern | February 26, 2015

Introduction to Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management

The Balboa Art Conservation Center is pleased to offer new WEBINARS in The Preventive Care Primer Series.

These webinars offer practical ideas for improving collections care at your institution and provide an opportunity for Q&A after the presentation.

Marcelle Lunau, Field Service Officer at BACC will be teaching a two-part webinar:


  • March 10th 11 am (PST) – Part One: Introduction to Emergency Preparedness
  • March 11th 11am (PST) – Part Two: Introduction to Risk Management for Disaster Planning

The cost for attending this two-part webinar is $60

Future webinars in the Preventive Primer series will provide an introduction to the following subjects:

Pest Management

  • The Environment and its Effect on Collections

For 2015 we have a special introductory rate for our webinars. Check out our webinar site for more information and registration details:

The Balboa Art Conservation Center welcomes all museum professionals, volunteers, students, and interested people to learn about basic preservation theory and best practices from professional conservators and other experts in the field.  The Preventive Care Primer series presents five webinars offered at a reduced introductory price. Our previous webinars have been very well received by a range of attendees, including museum registrars, collection managers, curators, volunteers, and students.

We hope to see you online!

Posted by: kansaschern | February 11, 2015

Amigos Online Preservation Class!




Emergency Preparedness: Response and Recovery

February 24 & 26, 2015, 1:30 – 3:30 PM CST


Course Description

Topic Area: Preservation

Course Type: Live-Online

Libraries, archives, and museums must be prepared to protect staff, users, collections, and facilities in the event of emergencies ranging from minor crises to community-wide disasters. This course helps participants prepare for and limit various types of damage through risk assessment, disaster planning, and recovery procedures.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the basic elements of disaster planning.
  • Assess risks based upon geography and building issues.
  • Create a plan for recovery after a disaster.
  • Determine appropriate disaster supplies and sources.

 Target Audience:

Librarians, archivists, and any individuals who are interested in emergency preparedness procedures.

Prerequisites: None

Homework Expectations and Completion Requirements:

Students will participate in class discussion and complete individual assignment.

It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Technical Requirements:  Live Online System Requirements

Session Duration: This course consists of two 2-hour sessions.


Carmen Cowick –

Collections Care Specialist

Amigos Library Services

14400 Midway Road, Suite 200 | Dallas, TX 75244

(800) 843-8482 x2844 |  (972) 340-2844(direct) |

Continuing Education Credit Contact Hours: 4


As an IACET Authorized Provider, Amigos offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


Amigos Member Fee:


Non-member Fee:


Register Here



Posted by: kansaschern | November 4, 2014

C2C Webinar and Live Chat (and new Web App!)

Collection Assessment and Preservation
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Working with unique objects means being faced with the management of diverse materials and formats, ranging from parchment to digital videotape.  Unfortunately, no one can be an expert on everything, and since there aren’t always funds to hire the specialists, collections care “blind spots” develop.  We know how important the preservation of our objects is and are profoundly aware of the cost of inaction.  So, how do we proceed past our preservation concerns toward preservation actions?

Preservation assessments are a key element of good collection stewardship as they allow collections managers and curators to become more familiar with the health of their collections and derive accurate metrics about collections.  These metrics help managers both to determine preservation needs and to better articulate and document the needs of their collections in grant applications.

The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) is a forthcoming (and free!) web application designed to address the evaluation and prioritization of preservation action among materials typically found in museums, special collections, archives, and historical societies. The PSAP considers many facets of preservation need: ranging from the condition of specific materials to understanding how the building, environment, policies, and usage all affect the health of the materials overall.

You do not need to be a registered member of the Online Community to participate in this webinar. Simply click on the green “Access Meeting Room” button on the right-hand side of the home page. Once there, enter your name and location and click enter. You will be redirected to the webinar. If you’re having difficulty, please take a look at our tech check page.

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