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UI Libraries Helps Teach Preservation Of Cultural Materials

The University of Iowa Libraries

University of Iowa News Release

Release: March 18, 2003

UI Libraries Helps Teach Preservation Of Cultural Materials

Several University of Iowa librarians will help document managers from across Iowa learn how to preserve important papers and materials in a series of lectures and workshops offered by the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium.

The program, titled “Preservation 101,” is designed for archivists, conservators, county clerks, curators, genealogists, librarians, museum workers, registrars, volunteers, and anyone else who cares about conserving and preserving our cultural heritage. Six lectures will be offered via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), along with three hands-on practicum workshops. The first two sessions will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. April 2 and May 22 at 18 ICN sites.

The April 2 session will focus on preservation considerations and cautions about paper, ink, adhesives, and leather. The May 22 session will cover photographic, reprographic and printing processes. The training program is projected to conclude in June 2004.

University of Iowa Libraries’ Nancy E Kraft, head of the Preservation Department and Conservation Unit, is directing the preservation training program. UI Libraries Conservator Gary Frost and UI Libraries Assistant Conservator Kristin Baum, along with Iowa State University Library Conservator Ivan Hanthorn, will teach the first session. Henry Wilhelm of Grinnell, Iowa, one of the world’s leading authorities on the preservation of color photographic images, will teach the May session.

Preservation 101 is sponsored by the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC), a membership organization seeking to initiate, encourage, and enhance preservation and conservation activities by providing basic preservation education and training. Funding for developing the preservation training program was partially supported through funding from the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) act through a Historical Resource Development Program (REAP/HRDP) grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Each ICN session registration fee is $20. Discounts are available for groups, multiple sessions, and ICPC members. Request a registration form by contacting Nancy E Kraft, ICPC, University Libraries, 100 Main Library, Iowa City, IA 52242-1420 or 319-335-5286 or at ICPC website

The program will be offered through the ICN sites below:

Boone — Ericson Public Library, ICN Room, 702 Greene St.

Cedar Rapids — Kirkwood Community College, 104 Washington Hall, FARM, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW

Charles City — North Iowa Area Community College, Charles City Center, Room 106, 200 Harwood Dr.

Cherokee — Washington High School, Armory Building, Fiber Optic Room, 600 West Bluff St.
Clinton — Clinton High School, Room 143, Eighth Ave. S. and Ninth St.
Cresco — Northeast Iowa Community College, ICN Room, 1020 Second Avenue SE

Davenport — Davenport Public Library, Meeting Room A, 321 Main St.

Denison — National Guard Armory, ICN Room, 12 N. 35th St.

Dubuque — Carnegie – Stout Public Library, ICN Meeting Room, 360 West 11th St.

Fort Dodge — Fort Dodge Public Library, ICN Room, 424 Central Ave.

Griswold — Griswold High School, Room 105, 20 Madison

Iowa City — University of Iowa, Room 107, North Hall, End of North Madison St.

Marshalltown — Iowa Valley Community College, Room 806, Continuing Education Center, 3702 South Center St.

Mt Pleasant — Iowa Wesleyan College, Room 201, Hershey Hall, 601 Broadway

Pella — Carnegie-Viersen Public Library, ICN Room, 603 Main

Sioux City — Western Hills Area Education Agency 12, Room 209A, 1520 Morningside Ave.

Spencer — Spencer Public Library, ICN Room, 21 East Third St.

Urbandale — Urbandale Public Library, ICN Classroom, 3520 86th St.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,