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Subject: Preservation Instruction, Education and Outreach Discussion Group

Preservation Instruction, Education and Outreach Discussion Group

From: Karen Brown <kebrown>
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2000
Preservation Instruction, Education and Outreach Discussion Group
ALA Annual Meeting
Chicago Marriott Downtown (Rm. Ohio, Northwestern)
Sunday, July 9, 2000
9 to 11

Co-Chair:  Janice Mohlhenrich, Emory University
Co-Chair:  Karen Brown, Northeast Document Conservation Center

Topic Description: Responsibility for collection care has become
part of the job of every library professional, in all departments,
in all areas and levels of operation.  Heightened awareness of the
need for preservation has also increased our demand for guidance and
training about the best way to protect materials in our care.
Information professionals rely on consultation with conservators and
preservation specialists as well as timely publications and
workshops to answer their questions as the preservation challenge is

Regional conservation centers here in the United States answer this
demand for expertise by providing services such as training
programs, object treatment, and reformatting.  In 1997 five centers
joined together to form the Regional Alliance for Preservation, or
RAP, a nationwide cooperative project to share preservation training
resources.  Initiatives to date have included the publication of a
newsletter, cooperative delivery of workshops, and the development
of a Web site for consolidated delivery of resources and information
including an extensive bibliography and provision of full-text
articles on collections care.  Recently, member organizations of the
Association of Regional Conservation Centers joined RAP to
strengthen the alliance and broaden services that can be provided.

Tom Clareson, Imaging and Preservation Services Manager at Amigos
will open the discussion by giving a history of the alliance,
outlining current activities, and previewing future initiatives
designed to provide preservation education and services to the
library community. Representatives of several centers, including
Julie Arnott, Preservation Services Manager at SOLINET, and Karen
Brown, Field Service Representative at NEDCC, will also give short
reports on current training initiatives at their respective
organizations.  As participants you should come prepared to ask
questions about RAP programs available in your area; to suggest
additional educational topics you would like to see addressed
through workshops, and to provide feedback to RAP members about the
effectiveness of the collaboration thus far.  We hope this
discussion will lead to enhanced interest in and understanding of
RAP and foster a lively engagement between regional centers and the
populations they are trying to serve.

Karen E.K. Brown
Field Service Representative

                  Conservation DistList Instance 14:1
                   Distributed: Monday, June 19, 2000
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Received on Tuesday, 13 June, 2000

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