In affiliation with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC), the Library of Congress will sponsor on Oct. 30-31, "To Preserve and Protect: The Strategic Stewardship of Cultural Resources," a two-day Bicentennial symposium for directors and administrators of libraries, museums, and archives who oversee preservation and collections security programs.
Participants will learn how colleagues are handling concerns related to setting standards, using measurements, and justifying budgets for funders. Plenary and breakout sessions have been designed to enable participants to explore issues that overlap and lend themselves to complementary solutions. Experts in the cultural heritage community will lead sessions on:
- Discussing the challenges that confront the stewards of our nation's cultural heritage;
- Developing preservation and security strategies, priorities, and expectations;
- Measuring the effectiveness of preservation and security programs;
- Coping with theft, vandalism, deterioration, and bad press;
- Building the preservation and security budget and successfully promoting the program;
- The preservation and security challenges of electronic information and digitization;
- Innovations in security and preservation; and
- Cooperating nationally and internationally to preserve and secure collections.
Participants will be able to share experiences during lunches provided both days, and at a reception the first evening. Tours of the art and architecture of the magnificently restored Thomas Jefferson Building and other areas of the Library of Congress of interest to symposium participants will be available.
Invited program speakers include Nancy Cline, Harvard University; Werner Gundersheimer, Folger Shakespeare Library; Winston Tabb, Library of Congress; Jeff Field, National Endowment for the Humanities; Lynne Chafffinch, Federal Bureau of Investigation; James Reilly, Image Permanence Institute; Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information; Maxwell Anderson, Whitney Museum of American Art; Deanna Marcum, Council on Library and Information Resources; Jan Merrill- Oldham, Harvard University; Jim Neal, Johns Hopkins University; Nancy Davenport, Library of Congress; Camila Alire, Colorado State University; and Nancy Gwinn, Smithsonian Institution.
For more information, visit the Library of Congress Bicentennial Program Web site at www.loc.gov/bicentennial/symposia.html or contact Kathy Eighmey, project coordinator, at (202) 707-4836.