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Preservation Management in Colorado: YOU are the First Responder 
Part 1: Wednesday, November 6, 12:30pm-1:30pm MDT
Part 2: Wednesday, December 4, 2:00pm-3:00pm MDT

No registration is required. The session will be held online via Adobe Connect at


This workshop is presented in cooperation with the Colorado State Library and funded by an IMLS Colorado Connecting to Collections grant.  Two, one-hour online sessions will be held over two days.  The workshop is designed to focus instruction on strategies to manage climate control and the initiation of disaster plan development. 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

•       Understand effective building maintenance, housekeeping, and security strategies and how they prevent disasters from occurring

•       Employ low-cost to no-cost environmental controls for preservation

•       Identify elements of an effective disaster plan and how to get training necessary to create a disaster plan 

Intended Audience:

Librarians and staff responsible for preservation and collections care in all types of libraries, and archives.


Thomas F. R. Clareson is Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS, the largest library and cultural heritage network in the U.S.  He consults nationally and internationally on preservation, disaster preparedness and recovery, digitization, special collections/archives, remote storage, funding, and advocacy issues.  He has served as a lead consultant on seventeen Institute of Museum and Library Services “Connecting to Collections” statewide preservation planning grants, and six implementation projects.  He is also co-leader of the annual “Digital Futures” five-day workshop series, sponsored by King’s College London in the U.K. and Australia.  With more than 20 years of experience in preservation and digitization services, Tom was previously Program Director for New Initiatives at PALINET and Global Product Manager at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.; he also served in various capacities at Amigos Library Services, Inc.  Tom holds an MLS from Kent State University, an MA from Ohio State University, and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.  Formerly a representative from the Society of American Archivists to the Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Heritage Preservation, the national institute for preservation and conservation advocacy.  He has taught graduate-level preservation courses for The University of Texas at Austin, University of California-Los Angeles, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Throughout his career, Clareson has worked with all types and sizes of academic and public libraries, archives, museums and various other cultural heritage institutions. He has successfully conducted more than 200 site surveys covering preservation, digitization and special collections-related issues.  

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