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Our Gift to You? 28 Days of Free Training!

February 13, 2013

Just in time for Oregon Statehood Day, Oregonians with a passion for heritage are about to get a gift.

Oregon Heritage is announcing it will conduct 28 days of training related to collections care and disaster preparedness in all regions of the state this year.  Hundreds of Oregonians and dozens of organizations passionate about their state will benefit from the free training, thanks to a Connecting to Collections grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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It’s like getting 28 days of birthday presents!

The first 14 days of training will take place from April 14-May 17 in Astoria, Bend, Coos Bay, Medford, Pendleton, Philomath and Portland. Each community will have two days of training. The first will be about collections care and management. The second will be about disaster preparedness.  People may sign up for one or both days of training.

The collections care workshop will cover the topics of collection policy, preservation planning, collections assessments, environmental controls, collections problem solving, and solving conundrums through networking.

The emergency preparedness workshop includes connecting with emergency responders, disaster planning, identifying threats and resources, collections prioritization, and involving the public in disaster preparedness.

The workshops will include lectures, hands-on activities, discussions, guest presentations, and small-group work. They are designed for archives, libraries and museums and will be relevant to people with little collections experience as well those with more significant experience.

A second round of workshops in the fall will develop the training topics further.

For the schedule of spring trainings, visit the Oregon Connecting to Collections website.

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