Oregon Heritage will conduct 28 days of training related to collections care and disaster preparedness in all regions of the state this year. 


“Hundreds of Oregonians and dozens of libraries, archives and museums passionate about their state will benefit from this free training, which is supported by a Connecting to Collections grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services,” said project director Kyle Jansson. The Oregon Library Association, the Northwest Archivists, the Oregon Museums Association, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute and the Oregon Historical Society are partners in the project.


The first 14 days of training will take place from April 14-May 17 in Astoria, Bend, Coos Bay, Medford, Pendleton, Philomath and Portland. Each community will have two days of training. The first will be about collections care and management. The second will be about disaster preparedness.  People may sign up for one or both days of training.


The collections care workshop will cover the topics of collection policy, preservation planning, collections assessments, environmental controls, collections problem solving, and solving conundrums through networking.


The emergency preparedness workshop includes connecting with emergency responders, disaster planning, identifying threats and resources, collections prioritization, and involving the public in disaster preparedness,


The workshops will include lectures, hands-on activities, discussions, guest presentations, and small-group work. They are designed for archives, libraries and museums and will be relevant to people with little collections experience as well those with more significant experience.


A second round of workshops in the fall will develop the training topics further.


For the schedule of spring trainings and more information, visit the Connecting to Collections website at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/C2C.aspx