Northwest Archivists, Inc.

FREE WESTPAS Protecting Cultural Collections Workshop - Yakima , October 15, 2014

06 Aug 2014 1:20 PM | Emily Dominick (Administrator)

Protecting Cultural Collections:

Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Part 1:  ON-LINE WEBINARS - Prevention & Preparedness (archived 2½ hours total)

Part 2:  IN-PERSON WORKSHOP - Response & Recovery

Yakima, Washington, Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Yakima Valley Museum,  2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902

Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the archived Part 1 webinars BEFORE attending the Part 2 in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor.

Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)

Instructor: Gary Menges, Librarian Emeritus, University of Washington (UW) is retired Preservation Administrator at the UW Libraries, Seattle. He is a WESTPAS trainer and a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC CERT).


The “Protecting Cultural Collections” training is presented in a sequence of two archived webinars plus one in-person workshop to produce the following outcomes:

  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos & objects

The webinar sessions and the in-person workshop are scheduled to enable participants to prepare short assignments between sessions, resulting in a completed disaster plan. Participating institutions will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in your region.

Who should attend:    Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions.  By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop's disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please commit two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Cost:    No charge to the institution.  Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Registration:     Pre-registration required. Register online for an IN-PERSON session at WESTPAS workshop (go to October 15th on the calendar):

For registration assistance contact: Alexandra Gingerich For general & content information: Gary Menges