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The 9th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Save the date!  LAPNet will be a participant in the 9th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar on Saturday, October 25th.

More information here.


Water Salvage Workshop Coming in May!

Water Salvage Workshop

Location: Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library
Date: May 2, 2014, 1-4 pm
Instructor: Julie Page

Synopsis: Half-day workshop on preventing and recovering from a water disaster event.

A presentation by Julie Page will be followed by hands-on salvage of wet books, flat paper, and photographs.

Julie Page is Co-Coordinator of both the California Preservation Program (CPP) and the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS). She presents disaster preparedness and response workshops through WESTPAS and California’s IMLS-funded Connecting to Collections project.  Page has published in the areas of preservation education and disaster preparedness and established the San Diego/Imperial County Libraries Disaster Response Network. She currently serves on the Board of Heritage Preservation and their advisory committee for the Alliance for Response and is a member of the AIC Collections Emergency Response Team.

Refreshments will be provided during a break.

Parking information:

Public Transportation: The Metro Blue Line (7th St./Metro Center/Julian Dixon Station) and Metro Red Line (7th St./Metro Center/Julian Dixon Station and Pershing Square Station) both have stops near Central Library. Most buses which come downtown stop near the Central Library. Check the MTA web site for rates, routes and schedules.

Workshop cost: $50.00
Registration by mail only, limited to 25 non-LAPL participants on a first come first serve basis.
Registration deadline:  April 25, 2014

Complete the following information and send with payment to:

Linda Harris Mehr
Margaret Herrick Library Director
Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study
333 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Name:  __________________________________________________
Institution:  __________________________________________________
Address:  __________________________________________________
E-Mail:  __________________________________________________
Phone:  __________________________________________________


Registration questions contact:
Linda Mehr at (310) 247-3000 ext.2200

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Ceramic Conservation Workshop This Weekend!

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA



Preservation Best Practices for Collections Stewardship

FREE Webinar series sponsored by the California Preservation Program – first one Thursday, November 21
Preservation Best Practices for Collections Stewardship


Librarians, archivists, collections managers, curators, and other staff members involved in collections care must manage a variety of tasks, including implementation of collections management plans and policies, management of environmental controls and storage conditions, and provision for safe use and exhibition of collections.  This webinar series will provide participants with an overview of the preservation standards for the many aspects of collections care, will give benchmarks for measuring and improving preservation within an organization, and give guidelines for establishing a preservation program.

Webinars are free of charge. You can pre-register at the links below. If registering with less than 30 MINUTES from the start of the webinar, you can join directly by clicking the Join Now button. If you pre-register, you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. Webinars will be archived the following day and available for viewing before the next session in the series.

Webinar Presenter: Laura Hortz Stanton,Director of Preservation Services, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

Session 1: Fundamentals and Facilities                                

     Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:00-1:00 PM Pacific


The first in a series of four webinars, this session will cover basic preservation and collections care concepts and will give participants an introduction to establishing a preservation program within their institution.  In addition, this session will discuss the role that facilities, security, and housekeeping have in the long-term preservation of collections.


Session 2: The Role of Environment in Collections Care: Temperature & RH, Lighting, and Pest Management

     Thursday, December 5, 2013 12:00-1:00 PM Pacific


Understanding and having control over environmental conditions for collections is a significant factor in good stewardship.  This webinar will explain the role that temperature, relative humidity, and light have in collections care and give tips for monitoring storage and display environments.  Integrated pest management will also be discussed. 


Session 3: Collections Care: Handling, Access, Storage, and Exhibition

                     Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:00-1:00 PM Pacific


Providing access to collections for patrons and visitors is fundamental to the work of librarians, archivists, and collections managers.  However, if access is not thoughtfully approached it can be detrimental to collections preservation.  In this webinar attendees will learn tips for providing effective storage, handling, and exhibition strategies that marry preservation and access.


Session 4: Planning and Prioritizing: Tools for Success

                     Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:00-1:00 PM  Pacific


Establishing a formal, or informal, preservation program can be overwhelming.  This final webinar in the series will discuss the role of policies in establishing a systematic approach to preservation within an institution.  Various planning tools and resources, including those available through the California Preservation Program, will be covered to help with setting preservation priorities.

An Infopeople Webinar series, sponsored by the California Preservation Program, a project of the California State Library, supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

California Preservation Assessment Project grants for small to mid-sized libraries and archives


California Preservation Assessment Project (CPAP) Guidelines for Application (21 October 2013)


Application deadline: December 16, 2013


The California Preservation Assessment Project, managed by the California Preservation Program*, is designed to help small and mid-sized libraries and archives plan improvements in care for their permanent and historical collections. All not-for-profit institutions (libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and parks) in California with library and archival collections and that provide free public access are eligible to apply. Permanent and historical collections appropriate for assessment include books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, and digital materials. A preservation assessment of the collections, including scope and scale of preservation needs as well as recommendations, is an essential first step to create a plan for enhanced collection care. Further, preservation assessments often are a required step preliminary to preservation grant funding. Consequently, the CPAP was created to assist California institutions plan programs and projects to meet preservation needs of their collections.


 Components of a CPAP Preservation Assessment Award


The CPAP Preservation Assessment consists of four parts:


1. A site visit to the institution to assess needs of the collections, including
a. an inspection of the collection areas for current and potential problems
b. meetings with staff whose knowledge of the history of preservation problems complements what is visible by inspection
c. a random sample (using CALIPR, an online preservation tool developed with funding from the California State Library) to determine the scope and scale of collection needs, and priority for implementation of actions to address needs


2. A pre-site visit questionnaire designed to elicit as much information as possible before the consultant arrives on site so that onsite interviews with staff can be used for follow up questions and to fill gaps in information


3. A final management report detailing the findings, recommendations in priority order, and justifications for recommendations


4. Follow up advice on implementation of recommendations

For application information and selection process see:

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Join the California Audiovisual Preservation Project!



Primary source sound and moving image recordings of the 20th century are seriously endangered by physical deterioration, lack of playback equipment, and rapidly advancing format obsolescence. Time is running out to save our state history.

The California Preservation Program, through the grant-funded California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)   has started a web-accessible collection of historic Californiana called California Light and Sound. To date, there are 675 recordings available online from 23 Project partners. Now the CAVPP is reaching out to more California archives and libraries to identify new partners and to preserve more historic Californiana recordings.

Do you have historic, unpublished, recordings of local, regional, or statewide significance? If so, please consider joining the CAVPP! The CAVPP’s free services include digitization, metadata management, quality control and long-term preservation and online access, bringing to light little known recordings via the Internet Archive.

The California Preservation Program will lead a series of workshops to introduce the Project and to train partners on how to use the preservation needs assessment tool CALIPR to assess the needs of audiovisual collections. Potential partners assess the preservation needs of their collections before recordings are selected and digitized through the CAVPP.

The first workshop (for northern California participants) will be held at the Berkeley Public Library Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 9am to 4pm. A workshop for Southern California participants will be held at the University of Southern California Doheny Library Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 9am to 4pm.

Please RSVP here for a workshop near you.

If you have audiovisual recordings that document California history in your collection or if you have any questions about joining the CAVPP, please contact Project Coordinator Pamela Vadakan (

best regards,
Barclay Ogden and Pamela Vadakan

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