2013 Online Exchange Program

Connecting to Collections: Continuing Conversation Exchange

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, in partnership with the American Association for State and Local History, Heritage Preservation, the Florida Association of Museums, the Board of Library Commissioners for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Maine State Museum, the Newark Museum, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the Washington State Library, have received a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Continuing Education grant to develop the Connecting to Collections: Continuing Conversation Exchange, a series of meetings planned, managed, and hosted by recipients of Connecting to Collections Statewide Planning and Implementation Grants. Each meeting will allow grant recipients and their partners to share the results of their projects and learn from each other in a collaborative environment.

Notes, recordings, and information about other events in this program may be found here.

The Online Exchange is a free webinar series on topics useful to Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Connecting to Collections Statewide Planning and Implementation Grantees and their partners that will take place in May and July 2013.

To encourage as many individuals that were involved in their C2C State programs to attend, there will be no registration required to attend these webinars. At the time of each event, simply click on Access Meeting Room and enter your name and location. We recommend that you run a Tech Check to ensure that the webinar software will launch correctly on your computer.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT
Grant Opportunities from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Attendees of our September 2012 convening at the American Association for State and Local History meeting asked for more information on funding opportunities. We are pleased to invite two Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) program officers to tell us about grants that may be applicable for state-based preservation projects:

Join us on Wednesday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern for a 90-minute interactive webinar to learn about the requirements for these programs and the elements of a successful application.

  • Host: Kristen Laise, Vice President for Collections Care Programs, Heritage Preservation
  • Mary Alice Ball, AMLS, PhD, Senior Library Program Officer, IMLS
  • Connie Cox Bodner, PhD, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, IMLS

At our September 2012 meeting, we had a dynamic session about project sustainability (find notes here) and we look forward to updates by C2C Statewide Projects during this webinar. Drop us a note if you have obtained additional funding for your initiative or developed strategies to keep your state preservation effort moving ahead.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT
Building Effective Disaster Response Networks

More than half of the C2C Statewide Planning and Implementation Grants included emergency planning activities. Establishing a disaster response network is a particularly effective way to sustain your project, and there are several excellent models that already exist. Lori Foley, Heritage Preservation’s Vice President for Emergency Programs, will present best practices and lessons learned from a number of preparedness and response initiatives, including:

Join us on Wednesday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern for a 90-minute interactive webinar. Come ready to share your questions and experiences!

  • Host: Kristen Laise, Vice President of Collections Care Programs, Heritage Preservation, Washington, DC
  • Lori Foley, Vice President, Emergency Programs, Heritage Preservation

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT
Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Projects

The Virginia Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant included launching Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts, a program to raise public awareness about the care of collections throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C. Virginia conducted the program in 2011 and 2012 and will soon begin the 2013 process. The selected museums, libraries, and archives have seized this opportunity to raise media and public awareness about their collections care needs. In this webinar, we will get an update on the project and learn about its outstanding outcomes.

Presentations about Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts at our Connecting to Collections convenings have inspired and informed other states. Earlier this year, Save Pennsylvania’s Past—a statewide project that grew from their Connecting to Collections grants, opened nominations for Pennsylvania’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts. The response has been excellent and they are now working to select ten finalists. The webinar will outline Pennsylvania’s initiative and describe additional activities they are undertaking such as assisting the selected sites with crowdsourced fundraising.

If your state is embarking on Top 10 Endangered Artifacts project, we look forward to “hearing” from you in the webinar chat. If your state isn’t planning such an initiative, you will learn tips on raising awareness and funds for preservation. This webinar will take place on Wednesday, July 24 from 2:00-:3:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Host: Kristen Laise,Vice President of Collections Care Programs, Heritage Preservation, Washington, DC
  • Christina E. Newton, Program Director, Virginia Collections Initiative, Virginia Association of Museums
  • Ingrid E. Bogel, Executive Director, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

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