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When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
9:00 AM
Where: Utah State Archives
United States
Contact: Randy Silverman

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WESTPAS Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery                         —Two-Part Workshop—


Part 1:  ON-LINE WEBINARS – Prevention & Preparedness

(2.5 hours of archived webinars)

Part 2:  IN-PERSON WORKSHOP – Response & Recovery

                        (one day of hands-on training)


FREE WORKSHOP              Register Online Today

Salt Lake City, UT              Wednesday 26 October 2016 – 9:00-4:00

Utah State Archives


Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the archived On-Line Webinars BEFORE attending the Part 2 in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor. Registration is required.


Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) and Utah State Archives as a part of Utah Archives Month.


WESTPAS Instructor: Randy Silverman, Head of Preservation, University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library


Outcomes:  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:   Advance the calendar to October; choose date and site (Salt Lake City) and register.


For registration assistance contact: Allen Tse,  

For general & content information contact Randy Silverman        801-585-6782

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