Workshops that enable libraries, archives and museums to care for their collections better, including preparing for disasters, will take place in mid-April in Coos Bay and Medford.


“These training sessions will enable the volunteers and staff of these heritage organizations to give better care and protection for the important records and treasures they hold for the public,” said project director Kyle Jansson.


People may attend one or both days of training. Pre-registration is required for these free workshops.


The collections care workshop on April 15 in Coos Bay and April 18 in Medford 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 on April 16 in Coos Bay and April 19 in Medford 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. They will be taught by experienced collections and emergency preparedness managers.


For more information and registration, visit the Connecting to Collections website at For more information, email or phone 503-986-0673.


The workshops are funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to a coalition of statewide organizations led by the Oregon Heritage Commission.