Workshop on collections care set for Oct. 1


Looking to take the next step in collections care? If you are a professional, volunteer or student associated with one of Rhode Island’s repositories or cultural institutions, you can register for a free workshop, “Yes you can! DIY Conservation,” presented by the Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board, on Friday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m.

This workshop, led by professional conservator and Assistant Professor of Practice at Simmons University, Donia Conn, will provide techniques to help give you control over the care of your collections in a more proactive, practical, and ultimately satisfying way. You will learn to make protective sleeves for the storage and access of photographs small and large, modify pamphlet binders to store a variety of objects, make simple wrappers for books, and make simple cradles for displaying books while on exhibit. With a few tools and easy-to-get materials, there is a lot you can do to take control.

Conn is also a private book and paper conservator and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). She earned her BA in Mathematics from St. Olaf College and her MLIS with Advanced Certificate in Conservation from the University of Texas-Austin. Previously, She has worked for the Northeast Document Conservation Center, Northwestern University, and Syracuse University.

The approximately 90-minute program is limited to 30 participants. Following the workshop, attendees may join an optional Q&A session with the State Archivist and RIHRAB members.

“Yes You Can!” is the third of four workshops to be offered by RIHRAB in 2021 with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Later this year, sessions on “Do-It-Yourself Conservation” and a “Round Robin on Paper Preservation” will be held.

Pre-registration is required at www.rihrab.com, using the link to RIHRAB Workshop Series.

RIHRAB serves as a central advisory body for historical records planning and project development for NHPRC-funded projects in the state and encourages and supports communication and coordination among the historical records community.


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