Webinars, Workshops, & Notices

ICPN Webinars and Workshops

Recent ICPN webinars:

  • "Assessing Collections for Preservation Needs" by Jennifer Hain Tepper (Head of Preservation and Conservation at University of Illinois Library, Urbana-Champaign).
  • "Identifying and Selecting Digital Content for Preservation" presented by Kristopher Stenson (Electronic Records Archivist for the Illinois State Archives).
  • "Mold & Insects in Library and Museum Collections: Identification, Remediation, and Treatment Options" by Jennifer Hain Tepper (Head of Preservation and Conservation at University of Illinois Library, Urbana-Champaign) and Christa Deacy-Quinn (Collections Manager at the Spurlock Museum, UIUC).
  • "Funding Opportunities for Collections Preservation" by Dr.  Bonnie Styles (Illinois State Museum Director) and Patricia L. Miller (Illinois Heritage Association Executive Director). 

All ICPN webinars have been archived and are freely viewable at any time.  Click ICPN Events to see a full list of our webinars; and then, and click on a webinar title for its description, resource list, and video link

ICPN workshop on digital preservation:

  • On May 30, 2013, Kristopher Stenson, Electronic Records Archivist for the Illinois State Archives, conducted a 3-hour, in-person workshop entitled, "Storing and Protecting Digital Content over Time," at the Illinois State Library in Springfield, IL.  Kris's workshop was adapted from his participation in the Library of Congress' Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Program (DPOE).  PDFs or his presentation and reccommended resources can be found by going to our Events page, and clicking on the title of his workshop.  You may watch Kris' recent webinar, "Identifying and Selecting Digital Content for Preservation" (find the link by clicking on our Events page), which covered Parts 1 & 2 of the LOC DPOE curriculum.  Later this year, Kris will give a webinar on other parts of the curriculum. 

Association of Midwest Museums

The 2013 AMM Conference, Locally Grown, Community Created, will be held July 14-17 at the Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin.

The week-long 2013 AMM Leadership Academy will take place September 23-27 in Chicago, IL.  If you are a mid-level museum professional or director at any sized cultural institution, and, are interested in developing your leadership skills, then go to the AMM website and take a look at the conference program. 

Click CARLI training events to see training opportunities sponsored by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries. 

Illinois State Historical Society, Illinois History Sympsium

The ISHS' is calling for paper proposals (deadline is Ocober 1, 2013) for its annual Illinois History Symposium, which will be held March 27-30, 2014 at in Charleston, IL.  The theme is "The Civil War, Part III: Copperheads, Contraband, and the Rebirth of Freedom."  For more information, visit the ISHS website.

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April 21-27, 2013 was American Library Association Preservation Week. Click to see the Top 10 Reasons to Preserve the Library Collections.  ALCTS (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of ALA) has links to webinars and webcasts from this and previous Preservation Weeks.

Society of American Archivists

Check out the workshops, seminars, & live webinars posted on the SAA website.

 Among the interest groups - numbering 74 and growing - that you can join at The Museum Resource Network, are the  "Museum Conservation & Preservation" and the "Collections Management" groups whose members are discussing topics that may interest you.


Welcome to the Illinois Collections Preservation Network!

The Illinois Collections Preservation Network (ICPN) was made possible by a Connecting to Collections grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.   The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action is a multi-year, multi-faceted national initiative funded by IMLS to help libraries and museums achieve the best possible care for their collections.

The Connecting to Collections initiative is a call to action, spurring activity at the local, state and national level to care for America's collections. This video was developed to underscore the importance of collections held in museums, libraries and archives throughout the U.S., and to inspire communities to take action.  ("Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action" video produced by Watertown Productions for IMLS and Heritage Preservation.)





Illinois' heritage collections are at risk!

Illinois heritage collections include irreplaceable works of art, artifacts, historical objects, books, documents, maps, photographs, audio and video tapes, digital records, and scientific specimens that document our state's unique cultural and natural heritage.  Many of these objects are at risk from natural hazards, human-made problems, inadequate environmental controls, unexpected calamities, and the inevitable processes of deterioration. 

The ICPN is a collaboration of 15 partner institutions and numerous individual and institutional members who want to minimize the risks.  Our mission is to “ensure the long-term preservation of collections in Illinois that document cultural and natural heritage for the education and enrichment of present and future generations.”  In 2011 Illinois was one of six states to be awarded a Connecting to Collections grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)In order to aid employees and volunteers of collection-holding facilities (e.g., museums, libraries, archives, historical societies) in caring for their collections, ICPN is creating a network of people and providing resources like workshops, assessment kits, training webcasts, and this website.  We hope to engage you in this conversation about preserving our state's valuable objects and thereby ensure their longevity.  We welcome both your preservation tips and your questions.

Conservation professionals are bound by the American Institute for Conservation's (AIC) code of ethics and standards to adhere to various laws and regulations; and, to be respectful not only of the items they are treating, but also of an object's cultural importance. While treating each object with materials and methods appropriate to the object's properties, the conservator must also be cognizant of future needs to access the object for research, public display, cultural purposes, and future conservation. Techniques need to be reversible; and, sometimes the best treatment is no treatment.