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Preserving Collections – GREAT FREE TRAINING


WESTPAS Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery                         — A 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 PPC Workshops         Register Online Today for the Closest Location

Billings, MT                          Friday 27 October 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Ekalaka, MT                         Monday 30 October 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Ekalaka Events Center


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. http://tinyurl.com/ot4kve2 (this URL opens the WESTPAS calendar: register by clicking the month and day of the workshop desired).

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

WESTPAS Instructor: Randy Silverman, Head of Preservation, Univ. of Utah.

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: http://tinyurl.com/ot4kve2 (this URL opens the WESTPAS calendar: register by clicking the month and day of the workshop desired).

For registration assistance contact: Wendy Cao, caow@plsinfo.org

For general & content information contact Randy Silverman

randy.silverman@utah.edu         801-585-6782

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December is full of learning opportunities online…

Coming up in December:

December 6th 9-10 am

Montana Library2Go: Content Reserve Basics with Cara Orban

Join Cara Orban, Statewide Projects Librarian for a tour of Content Reserve, the Administration site for MontanaLibrary2Go. Learn how to run reports, where to find training materials, and how to advertise the collection at your library.

CE Category: Collections Management & Technical Services

To register: https://student.gototraining.com/r/2754867411830415872

December 6th 3:30-4:30 pm and December 7th 9-10 am

Montana Shared Catalog Director’s Station – an introduction to the New DS with Amy Marchwick

Join Amy for a tour of the new Director’s Station application for the Montana Shared Catalog.  This session is designed for current members of the MSC; if you are thinking about joining, ask Amy amarchwick@mt.gov or Ken kadams@mt.gov for more information.  We’ll plan an informational session in the upcoming months.

CE Credit: Collections management and technical services

To register for the December 6th 3:30 pm session: https://student.gototraining.com/r/7969546497515948288

To register for the December 7th 9 am session: https://student.gototraining.com/r/6722197834804012800

December 11th 9-10 am

HomeworkMT – turnkey materials for promoting and training at your library

HomeworkMT is a free online tutoring service available to all Montanans.  This Webinar will provide library staff with the tools they need to promote this service and build community awareness.  Jo Flick will demonstrate a simple presentation, provide all the slides and handout materials so that participants can have a turn-key training ready to go.  Jo will also demonstrate how to find usage statistics, marketing materials and support services from Tutor.com – the vendor that provides HomeworkMT.

CE category: Library administration

To register:  https://student.gototraining.com/r/1899672764838352384

December 12th 9-10 am

The Montana Library as Community Anchor: making libraries relevant and engaged  (with Wendy Campbell, Rebekah Kamp, and Debbie Wellman; hosted by Jo Flick)

The Association of Small and Rural Libraries annual conference was held in Raleigh, NC and was attended by Montana librarians Rebekah Kamp, Debbie Wellman, and Wendy Campbell.  The participants identified a focal point of Library as a Community Anchor that served as an underlying foundation for the information they would like to share.

Rebekah Camp will introduce the timely concept of library as community anchor sharing information from the workshop, Taking it to the Streets:  Community based Advocacy and Engagement.  The ARSL workshop led by Jennifer Pearson introduced advocacy and engagement as key components in the successful future of libraries with a focus on ideas that work. The workshop also discussed the Geek the Library campaign that was introduced and promoted throughout the conference. Learn more about Geek the Library at get.geekthelibrary.org.

Wendy will share information about Signature Events for Small Libraries.  The workshop led by Cassie Guthrie was a “show and tell” of library fundraisers, successful and unsuccessful, with easy instructions on how to get started.

Debbie will share information about Librarians with Black Belts.  The workshop led by James Parrott was based on Warren Graham’s, Black Belt Librarians and concerns library safety and security.

CE Category: Library Administration

to register: https://student.gototraining.com/r/7058142617837530624

December 12th 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Montana Shared Catalog – Adding URLs to MSC Catalog Records with Melody Condron

Learn how to add a URL/website link to a record in the Montana Shared Catalog. Even non-catalogers can manage these links and add content that will show up for patrons in the patron catalog. Melody will explain the rules and guidelines for these links, as well as how to change the link text so that patrons know what they will find when they click on them.

CE Category: Cataloging and Technical Services

To register:  https://student.gototraining.com/r/6650196315944180992



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