Cancelled: Save the Date for the Ohio Connecting to Collections Preservation Boot Camp


Attention:  This event for August 20th has been cancelled.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the OHS’s Local History Office must with regret cancel the workshop Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students, which was scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at the Ohio History Center.  We look forward to scheduling it at a later date, which will be announced in the Local Historian, the newsletter of the Ohio Local History Alliance, in e-blasts from the OHS’s Local History Office, on the web pages of the Ohio Local History Alliance and OHS’s Local History Office, and on the Alliance’s Facebook page.  The Connecting to Collections partners are pleased to announce an upcoming two day preservation boot camp. 

Registration for the conference is free and lodging and meals are covered by the Connecting to Collections grant.  The Preservation Boot Camp will take place July 31 – August 1 at the Holiday Inn Worthington. 

Both practical and tactical, the preservation boot camp will be a focused, educational event which will bring together the best practitioners in the state to showcase Ohio best practices.   Sessions will address key preservation issues, including environmental controls, demonstrations for disaster recovery, collections care, and digital collection basics. Sessions will include “How to Build Your Preservation Program”  conducted by Wes Boomgaarden, Head of the Preservation & Reformatting Department at The Ohio State University Libraries and Laura Hortz Stanton, Director of Preservation Services, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts and a “Preservation Program Basics” with panelists Holly Prochaska, Head of Preservation Services and Lab, University of Cincinnati Libraries, Kathy Lechuga, Conservator, University of Cincinnati Libraries, Jennifer Souers Chevraux, Education Outreach Officer,  Intermuseum Conservation Association, and Christine Shearer, Development Director, Canton Art Museum.  Breakout sessions include “Collections Care” with Alexandra Nicolis Coon, Executive Director, Massillon Museum of Art and Jun Fransicso, Director of Collections, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and “Digitization/Digital Preservation Basics” with Janet Carlton, Digital Initiatives, Ohio University Alden Library, Laurie Gemmill, LYRASIS, and Jillian Carney, Manager, Digital Services, Ohio Historical Society.

The event will bring together teams comprised of museum/history staff and library staff as a means of encouraging collaboration and shared problem-solving.  Attendees will be asked to provide outreach and information to other cultural organizations in their home areas following the Boot Camp.

What you can do now:

  •         Begin to seek a partner from another type of cultural heritage organization in your county.
  •         Talk with your supervisor/director.  The application form requires a signed commitment statement from supervisors.  The letter is already written – all they will need to do is sign.  Remind them that registration, lodging and food is covered by the grant.
  •         Read about the Ohio Connecting to Collections project.
  •        Look for the announcement that applications are available.  Applications will be available late February and will be due by May 1, 2013.


For further information, please contact Tom Clareson at or Missy Lodge, Associate State Librarian at

The Preservation Boot Camp is sponsored by the Ohio Connecting to Collections planning partners.  The planning partners includes representation from statewide organizations, the State Library of Ohio, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Ohio Museums Association, as well as institutional representatives from Follett House Museum in Sandusky, the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Massillon Museum of Art, and Digital Initiatives, Ohio University Alden Library. Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS is consultant for the project. 

This project is funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections grant awarded to the State Library of Ohio.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, we help communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage and lifelong learning. To learn more about IMLS, please visit

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