COSTEP MA COVID-19 Resources page

Find out more about resources related to collections care, cleaning and isolation strategies for collections, lending procedures, disaster and emergency planning in the event of a building closure, financial assistance, and institutional responses during the current public health crisis: https://mblc.state.ma.us/costepma/index.php/cultural-institutions/mitigation/public-health-emergencies/

Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program now accepting applications

From the American Institute for Conservation (AIC)/Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) website: "The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program provides small and mid-sized museums with partial funding toward a general conservation assessment. The assessment is a study of all of the institution's collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures … Continue reading Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program now accepting applications

Recent Smithsonian webinar

Conservators from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives shared information about how they plan for and respond to potential emergency situations for collections. They also discuss how they are called on to assist with protecting and recovering cultural heritage around the world, through the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, and answer audience questions. https://www.youtube.com/embed/AcqiYwlD8cw Links shared during the … Continue reading Recent Smithsonian webinar

2 *Free* Disaster Planning and Recovery Webinars from Texas Historical Commission

Check out the following two free webinars related to insurance for cultural collections! Brought to you by the Texas Historical Commission in conjunction with TX-CERA, the Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance. Learn more, and register here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXTHC/bulletins/2e26128. Disaster Planning: Obtaining Insurance and Managing Risk - Wednesday, June 16, 2:00 p.m. CT (11a ET). Ian Muise, … Continue reading 2 *Free* Disaster Planning and Recovery Webinars from Texas Historical Commission

Hurricane readiness: NOAA predicts another active Atlantic hurricane season for 2021

The month of June is fast approaching, and that means we are entering this year's hurricane season for New England and the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a press release on May 20th outlining everything we need to know about the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season. Be sure to read NOAA's … Continue reading Hurricane readiness: NOAA predicts another active Atlantic hurricane season for 2021

Free Webinar, May 19: Collections Emergency Kits

Hosted by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation's (FAIC) 'Connecting to Collections Care' Network on Wednesday May 19, 1p ET. Learn more and sign up here: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/collections-emergency-kits/. From the announcement: "Leaky pipe dripping on your storage shelf? Smoke from a kitchen fire nearby? An earthquake causing objects to topple? Collections emergencies can be large and … Continue reading Free Webinar, May 19: Collections Emergency Kits

April 15: “Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines: A REALM Project Webinar”

This webinar will address COVID-19 vaccines and how they impact the reopening and ongoing operations plans for libraries, archives and museums. For more information and to register, click here. The REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project is hosting a webinar to explore the topic of COVID-19 vaccines and how they impact the reopening and … Continue reading April 15: “Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines: A REALM Project Webinar”

April 29: “Pandemic Safety at Cultural Heritage Institutions” webinar

Thursday, April 29th, 2021, 3p-4p via zoom webinar. Register HERE Standards and practices for workplace safety—and for the safety of those communities we serve—have dramatically changed due to COVID-19. To keep rates of infection low, minimize risks to ourselves and our visitors, and as scientific studies continually emerge to further elucidate the nature of the … Continue reading April 29: “Pandemic Safety at Cultural Heritage Institutions” webinar

March 31: Free Webinar on the Incident Command System

From FAIC Emergency Programs Coordinator Elaina Gregg: Please share the following webinar announcement with your networks: The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is hosting a free webinar titled: "Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level," on March 31, 2021 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Our speaker, David Carmicheal, will discuss the Incident … Continue reading March 31: Free Webinar on the Incident Command System

April 9: “Protecting Your Library From a Fire” training webinar

Of potential interest: "Protecting Your Library From a Fire" workshop hosted by Library 2.0. DATE: Friday, April 9th, 2021, at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. OVERVIEW: A 60-minute training webinar presented by Library 2.0 featuring former multi-city Fire Chief Robert May, JD and hosted by Dr. Steve Albrecht (board certified in HR, security management, employee coaching, … Continue reading April 9: “Protecting Your Library From a Fire” training webinar

Disaster in Texas: Dallas Historical Society and the Hall of State

The unexpected cold temperatures in Texas last month caused a number of hardships to many. One institution severely impacted was the Dallas Historical Society. The pipes in their iconic building, the recently refurbished Hall of State, burst, causing major damage to the historic interiors and many of their archive and object collections. Please take a … Continue reading Disaster in Texas: Dallas Historical Society and the Hall of State