The greatest danger today facing our historic legacy in all our museums, libraries and archives is the lack of preservation disaster planning. According to John Walsh of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Emergency preparedness and planning is a matter of common sense and responsibility.
During 2013 and 2014, Colorado Collections Connection programs supported disaster planning initiatives by:
- Providing statewide educational opportunities to increase the capacity of organizations and individuals to preserve the collections under their care.
- Collaborating with the Colorado Division of Emergency Management to foster stronger relationships with emergency managers and first responders.
Educational opportunities are presented through workshops, forums and webinars on a range of traditional and digital preservation topics. Check our announcement page for upcoming opportunities, or join our listserv to receive notice of new workshops, forums or webinars as when they are announced. Join the CCC listserve
Preservation Site Surveys and Surveyor Training Program
Beginning in the fall of 2017, preservation site surveys will be co-sponsored by the Colorado Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM).
Understanding of collection safety among Colorado cultural heritage organizations is expanded through traditional and digital preservation site surveys conducted by experienced assessors. After a survey, sites will receive a written report of recommendations for preservation action. We recommend that sites review recommendations with senior management and/or their board within three months of the assessment.
Photo courtesy: Buffalo Bill Museum