A Call to Action! Colorado's Endangered Cultural Legacy

Video recordings of symposium presentations.

On September 12, 2014, Colorado Connecting to Collections convened a symposium in Denver, Colorado.  National and local preservation leaders presented on topics of advocacy, disaster preparedness, ethics and organizational collaboration.  Professionals from Colorado's libraries, museums, archives and other cultural heritage organizations met to collaborate and develop strategies and key messages aimed to educate constituents with a deeper understanding of the value of cultural legacy preservation and its role in society.

Symposium Introduction:   Dana EchoHawk, Project Manager

Advocacy for your Library, Museum or Archives – Community Gems serving Vital Needs

Jacqueline Murphy, Sr. Consultant Public Library Community Programs, CSL
Meghan Wanucha, Research Assistant at the Library Research Service, CSL

Preserving Our Collections:  Is it the ‘Right’ Thing to Do?”

Michele V. Cloonan, Dean Emerita / Professor Simmons College

Collaboration for Collections Care in an Era of Disasters

Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS

Good Collections Care is Good Disaster Preparedness

Scott Baldwin, Colorado Department of Emergency Management Mitigation Specialist

Lessons Learned from Disaster (9 min. video)

The above YouTube video was shown at the symposium
Kathleen Maher, Director Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT


Thomas F. R. Clareson is Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS.  He consults nationally and internationally on preservation, disaster preparedness and recovery, digitization, special collections/archives, remote storage, funding, and advocacy.  Clareson was selected as the 2014 recipient of the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). He has served as lead consultant on multiple IMLS “Connecting to Collections” statewide preservation planning grants, and implementation projects.  He co-leads the week-long “Digital Futures” workshop series, sponsored by King’s College London.   A former Society of American Archivists representative to the Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums, he is currently Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Heritage Preservation, the national institute for preservation and conservation advocacy.

Michèle V. Cloonan, Dean Emerita and Professor of the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at Simmons College.  Prior to coming to Simmons, Michèle Cloonan was Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Information Studies, UCLA. She has written extensively in the areas of preservation. Her most recent publications have concerned the preservation of digital media and the moral and ethical dimensions of preserving cultural heritage.  Dean Cloonan has held a variety of offices in the American Library Association, served on the board of the American Printing History Association, and is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC).   She was a member of the Preservation and Conservation Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).  Michèle was president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) in 2008-09. She is the recipient of the 2010 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award of the American Library Association.

Scott Baldwin, Colorado Department of Emergency Management Mitigation Specialist.  Scott is a key presenter for the Colorado Connecting to Collections workshops, Cultural Collections: Before and After a Disaster, presented throughout Colorado.  He is also a founding member of Colorado Cultural and Historic Resources Alliance, an organization that works to improve the State of Colorado’s mitigation preparedness, response and recovery efforts for cultural and historic resources.

Jacqueline Murphy, Sr. Consultant Public Library Community Programs at Colorado State Library.  Prior to joining the Colorado State Library, Jacqueline was an attorney in private practice representing libraries and working on public projects, such as parks and public infrastructure.   As the Public Library Senior Consultant, Jacqueline develops service standards for public libraries and works with legislative bodies, library boards, library advisory committees and other professional groups in the improvement of libraries throughout the state.  She actively promotes Colorado libraries to constituencies including civic and business leaders and has formed and counseled numerous library districts throughout the State.  Jacqueline was the principal drafter on changes to the Library Law in 2009 and consulted on ballot language.  She provides board training to individual libraries on leadership topics of strategic planning, capital projects, standards and meeting facilitation.  Jacqueline serves Colorado public libraries as a ‘first stop’ for governance and policy development.

Meghan Wanucha is a Research Assistant at the Library Research Service at the Colorado State Library, where she helps prepare reports, analyze survey results and data sets, and produce research-based content to support Colorado’s library community. She has an MLIS from the University of Denver and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.