The New Jersey State Library is leading a two-year initiative to address urgent collections care needs in New Jersey through educational programs and training. Intended to reach collections care professionals and volunteers, these programs will encourage the use of best practices, support targeted fundraising and marketing, increase the use of existing resources, and accelerate the development of collaborative strategies.
- New Jersey State Archives
- Newark Museum
- New Jersey State Museum
- New Jersey Historical Commission
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Id like to tell you how much I appreciated the Collections Care Network workshops. I applaud the NJ State Library to have made such an effort for libraries and cultural institutions.
I attended all five workshops and found that they were very helpful. Digitization Basics came just in time because our library had just started the conversation of digitization for our institutional repository. Information from Archival Management, Photographic Collections, Preservation Best Practices, and Housing Solutions was what I had needed to organize, catalog and preserve our institutional records and donated collections. The information and skills that I acquired were applied to my work immediately after the workshops.
Raising the knowledge and skill levels of the staff of libraries and cultural institutions in collection care means to raise the quality of the staff, which in turn prolongs the life of the materials that we collect. Programs like these are crucial to our organizations, and thus the state. I look forward to more programs of the same nature in the future.
– Jianrong Wang, Associate Professor in the Library, Technical Services Librarian, Preservation Officer, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Resources from the 2014 Statewide Conference
The New Jersey Collections Care Network held a statewide conference entitled: Cultural Institutions and Emergency Management: Partners in Emergency Response and Recovery. The conference was held on July 30th, 2014 at Woodrow Wilson Hall at Monmouth University located in West Long Branch, NJ.
Intended for collections care professionals, volunteers, and emergency managers, this conference addressed important facets of emergency response, as well as building local networks for collaborative mutual aid. Presenters included first responders and representatives from organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.
Key Note Address
The Worst of Times: Protecting Heritage in Armed Conflicts and Natural Disasters
Corine Wegener, Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer, Officer of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution
When manmade or natural disasters strike, governments, international organizations and nonprofits provide the victims with vital rescue and humanitarian relief services. But after the initial response, who arrives to help preserve the cultural heritage of that community? Which government, international and nonprofit organizations are responsible for heritage disaster planning, response, and recovery? How good are they at preventing looting and damage to our shared cultural heritage? Wegener shared insights from her experiences as an Arts, Monuments, and Archives Officer in the U.S. military in Iraq, as head of the nonprofit U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, and in her new role coordinating the Smithsonians emergency response for heritage programs in the U.S. and around the world.
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