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Congratulations to our 
March 2017 Grant Recipients:

Marcela Estevez and Jenifer Baker


Past grant recipients:

September 2016 

  • Veronica Sorcher: Digital Print Preservation workshop held by the Image Permanence Institute
  • John Dewees: 6 courses in support of digital preservation practices through Lyrasis
  • Elizabeth Williams-Clymer: Rare Book School course, Printed Books to 1800, Description and Analysis

March 2016 

  • Riley Cruttenden: Presented a poster at the American Insitute for Conservation Annual Meeting in Montreal

We are honored to have the opportunity to support our colleagues in their pursuit of knowledge and professional experience. We would like to thank all who applied and encourage others to participate in the next round. See more about applying for the next grant cycle here.

Once again, congratulations to our grant recipients!


Other Past Events:

2016

May 2016

FREE Preservation Presentation: Fire suppression systems – new technologies, new choices

2015

April 2015

OPC Sponsored Preservation Workshops -- Learning to Preserve Valuable Collections Using Basic Enclosures

September 21, 2015

OPC Co-sponsored Preservation Workshop -- A Question of Balance:  Collection Environment Basics

October 15, 2015

LEARN TO MAKE BOOK CRADLES (!) for reading rooms, exhibits, and digitization

 

2014

November 2014

OPC Co-sponsored Preservation Workshops -- A Question of Balance:  Collection Environment Basics

PowerPoint slides from this event

September 5, 2014

OPC Sponsored Preservation Workshop --- Corrugated Box Workshop

May 9, 2014

OPC Sponsored Preservation Workshop --- Humidification and Flattening Techniques for Documents

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2013

 

October 11, 2013

OPC Sponsored Preservation Workshop --- Learning to Preserve Valuable Collections Using Basic Enclosures

 

July 31 - August 1, 2013

Connecting to Collections Preservation Boot Camp

Both practical and tactical, the two-day Preservation Boot Camp is a focused, educational event which will bring together teams comprised of museum/history staff and library staff.

 

April 11, 2013

FREE!  Denison University hosting Preservation of Book Collections Workshop

Contact: Anna Cannizzo
Curator of Collections at Denison Museum
email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone: 740-587-6554

 

March 21, 2013, 10:30 AM

Don't miss the first 2013 meeting of the Ohio Preservation Council.  This is the year to get involved!

Ohionet
1500 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43221

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2012

 

November 15, 2012 1:30-3:00 pm

A "Roundtable" Discussion on Business Continuity and Disaster Mitigation, Sponsored by the Ohio Preservation Council.

After the November OPC Board meeting, join us in a roundtable discussion sharing practical knowledge and experience regarding business continuity planning and disaster mitigation efforts in cultural heritage institutions represented in the Ohio Preservation Council (OPC) membership and its partners.  Guest facilitators will be Jason Crabill (Manager, Curatorial Services, Ohio Historical Society) and Mark Briggs (Chief Risk Officer, Ohio State University).

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October 17-20, 2012

Watermark 2012 at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory

On October 17, 2012, members of IAPMA and Friends of Dard Hunter will join together in Cleveland, Ohio for a 5-day international conference hosted by The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Education Foundation.

Watermarks 2012 will include an array of papermaking workshops and demonstrations at the Morgan Conservatory, lectures, exhibitions, and museum tours. The conference will commence with an opening reception featuring a keynote speaker on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 and conclude with a banquet on Saturday evening, October 20, 2012.

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August 13-16, 2012

Book Collections: Maintenance and Repair at Dennison University, Granville, Ohio

The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies is offering a hands-on workshop "Book Collections: Maintenance and Repair" at Dennison University in Granville, Ohio, August 13-16, 2012.  Topics of this workshop will include decision-making and ethics concerning the treatment of damaged books; and the equipment and materials used in the treatment of damaged books.

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July 14, 2012

Textile Care and Preservation in your own Home at Oberlin Heritage Center, Oberlin, Ohio

Led by Oberlin Heritage Center Collections Assistant Prue Richards, learn about the materials, techniques, conditions, practices and spaces available to us in our homes that can help improve and extend the lives of our textile treasures.  $50 fee includes a box lunch.

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October 12, 2012

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce receipt of a $133,516 Connecting to Collections Implementation Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The primary focus of the award will be to conduct a two-day preservation boot camp for teams of library and museum staff.  READ MORE! Update 3/22/2013 - Applications now be accepted for the boot camp.

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May 15th, 2012, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Connecting to Collections FREE Workshop
Outta Space - Best Practices in Storage and Space Planning at Akron-Summit County Public Library

The Ohio Connecting to Collections Survey identified inadequate storage space for cultural heritage collections as the Number One preservation problem statewide.  This day long workshop will provide ideas and pest practices on how to address space issues at your institution.  Professionals from the library, museum, archives, and historical society and conservation communities will discuss how they evaluated space concerns at their institutions and the space planning methodologies and practices they adopted.

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May 2012

Register today for the Connecting to Collections FREE Workshop!

"Outa Space: Best Practices in Storage and Space Planning" a free workshop with two convenient sessions!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Akron-Summit Public Library

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April 19th, 2012, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SLA-Cincinnati Sponsored Preservation Lab tour
Tour the of jointly operated Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and University of Cincinnati Preservation Lab at Langsam Library, University of Cincinnati

Are you curious about preservation efforts in a library?  You have an opportunity to learn more right in your own back yard!  Please join Special Libraries Association, Cincinnati Chapter, on April 19th for a tour of the jointly operated Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County / University of Cincinnati Preservation Lab on the University of Cincinnati campus.

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April 17th, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Connecting to Collections FREE Workshop
Outta Space - Best Practices in Storage and Space Planning at Cincinnati Museum Center

The Ohio Connecting to Collections Survey identified inadequate storage space for cultural heritage collections as the Number One preservation problem statewide.  This day long workshop will provide ideas and pest practices on how to address space issues at your institution.  Professionals from the library, museum, archives, and historical society and conservation communities will discuss how they evaluated space concerns at their institutions and the space planning methodologies and practices they adopted.

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March 27th & May 15th, 2012 (two-part session)

CCAHA presents Protecting Collections: Prevention, Planning, & Response

Huntington Museum of Art
2033 McCoy Road
Huntington, WV 25701

March 15th, 2012

OPC Quarterly Meeting

Ohionet
1500 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43221

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March 2012

FREE Preservation Lab Tour, Cincinnati

April 19th, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Tour of jointly operated by the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County / University of Cincinnati Preservation Lab.  Hosted by Special Libraries Association - Cincinnati Chapter.

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February 2012

Connecting to Collections FREE Workshops!

"Outa Space: Best Practices in Storage and Space Planning" a free workshop with two convenient sessions!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Cincinnati Museum Center

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Akron-Summit Public Library

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2011

 

November 17th, 2011

OPC Annual Meeting
The Ohioana Library Association

The Annual OPC meeting on  November 17th  held at the The Ohioana Library Association, Located in the State Library of Ohio, 274 E. First Avenue, Suite 300, Columbus.

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October 3, 2011

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Awarded a LSTA Grant to Create a Joint Conservation Lab with UC Libraries
Missy Lodge (center), Associate State Librarian for Library Development, State Library of Ohio, awarding the grant to Jason Buydos, Assistant Director - Support Services, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County; and Holly Prochaska, Head, Preservation Services and of the Geology-Mathematics-Physics Library, University of Cincinnati Libraries.

http://www.libraries.uc.edu/

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County was awarded a $81,012 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the State Library of Ohio to establish a joint Conservation Lab with the University of Cincinnati Libraries for the preservation and protection of rare and heavily used materials.

UC Libraries and the Public Library will jointly manage and equip the expanded Conservation Lab housed in UC's Walter C. Langsam Library. It will be staffed with well-trained individuals from both institutions. The joint model will allow the organizations to pool their resources to expand their capacity to conserve materials, to provide staff training, and to seek innovative collaborative solutions to address their preservation needs.

"By partnering to conserve our rare holdings and heavily used collections, both institutions are ensuring future access to our materials in the most cost-effective and innovative way," said Kimber L. Fender, Executive Director of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

In addition to preserving materials from the collections of the Public Library and UC Libraries, the Conservation Lab will provide consultation and conservation treatments to other organizations that lack the ability to operate their own lab. This outreach will support the conservation needs of other cultural heritage institutions in Ohio, thus helping to guarantee that their collections will also remain available for the future.

"The Conservation Lab offers a creative and collaborative solution to the conservation challenges faced by the Public Library and UC Libraries to preserve our valuable print collections," said Victoria A. Montavon, Dean and University Librarian, University of Cincinnati Libraries.

The collaboration will begin this month with Public Library staff training in general collection maintenance and repair techniques at UC Libraries. Concurrently, the Public Library will hire a full-time conservator to manage the treatment and repair of unique and rare book holdings and to train staff on advanced repair techniques. Plans are to have the joint lab facility open and fully operational by January 2012.

For more information about the Conservation Lab, contact Holly Prochaska at (513) 556-1389 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Jason Buydos at (513) 369-3193 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The LSTA program is funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered through the State Library of Ohio.

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September 15, 2011

OPC Hosts Disaster Management Symposium

On Thursday September 15th, 2011 the Ohio Preservation Council hosted its biennial Preservation Symposium. This year the symposium featured a one-day Disaster Management Tele-workshop that was broadcast to four different locations around the state of Ohio - Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Toledo.

Donia Conn, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), led the workshop which focused on preventative measures and disaster preparedness using the on-line tool dPlan. During the first part of the workshop Ms. Conn walked participants through steps that could be taken to prevent disasters and important personnel to consider including in any formal disaster response team. The second part of the session allowed participants to explore dPlan, begin working on their plan, and ask questions of Ms. Conn along the way.

The workshop included approximately 40 attendees that were able to begin formulating their disaster plan. The workshop also provided an opportunity for networking and community building in each of the 4 regions.

Museum and Library colleagues who were unable to attend the workshop are encouraged to review the dPlan tool (http://www.dplan.org/). It is free to libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other not for profit collection-holding institutions. dPlan was developed by NEDCC, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The development of the template was funded by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to assist non-profit organizations that hold cultural collections.

Thanks to the State Library of Ohio in Columbus for providing the technical support and infrastructure for the tele-workshop, as well as promotional support through the Connecting to Collections initiative.

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September 15th, 2011

2011 Symposium
Disaster Management Teleworkshop

The Ohio Preservation Council is offering a one-day Disaster Management tele-workshop on Thursday, September 15th in multiple locations in Ohio; Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo and the Cleveland area. Our objective will be to have participants make a substantial start on written Disaster Management Plans for their institutions. The workshop will focus on the online tool d-PLan, and be will be led by Donia Conn from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) who will be at the Columbus location, while representatives of OPC will be present in the other locations to assist.

Disaster preparedness is an essential component of preserving your institution's collections. With a written disaster plan, libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other collection-holding institutions can reduce the risk of disaster and minimize losses. dPlan is perfect for small and medium-sized institutions that do not have in-house preservation staff. dPlan is also valuable for large library systems or museum campuses that need to develop separate but related plans for multiple buildings, locations, or branches.

dPlan can help you create a plan for disaster prevention and response. Entering data into the simple online template creates a customized disaster plan for your institution. This plan will help you:
prevent or mitigate disasters,
prepare for the most likely emergencies,
respond quickly to minimize damage if disaster strikes, and
recover effectively from disaster while continuing to provide services to your community.
Each institution's password-protected plan is stored on a secure server, and an automatic e-mail is sent every six months reminding you to update your plan.

Registration is $35 for OPC members, $45 for non-members and $20 for students. Lunch and refreshments will be included.
Registration is separate for each individual site:
Cleveland
Toledo
Columbus
Cincinnati

dPlan is a free online tool that simplifies the process of writing a disaster plan for your collections. It provides a comprehensive fill-in-the-blank template into which you enter information about your institution. dPlan generates a printed disaster plan specific to your institution. dPlan was developed by NEDCC, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The development of the template was funded by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to assist non-profit organizations that hold cultural collections.

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2010

 

October 5, 2010

Preservation Techniques of the Cincinnati Panorama are explained in SoapBox Article

http://www.soapboxmedia.com/innovationnews/1005tedx-cincy.aspx

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2009

 

September 17, 2009

Celebrating Paper: The 25th Anniversary Ohio Preservation Council Symposium

View Preservation Issues

The Ohio Preservation Council celebrates a quarter-century of protecting our shared heritage. The symposium was filled with informative presentations, demonstrations, and panel discussions on the history, art and preservation of books and paper.  Keynote speaker Nicholas Basbanes is an internationally known author whose first book, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes and the Eternal Passion for Books, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year that has sold more than 120,000 copies.

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2008

 

August, 2008

Basic Book Repair Manual, a cooperative initiative of the Ohio Preservation and State Library of Ohio is now available online!

http://opc.ohionet.org/opcjoomla/images/stories/bookrepairmanual.pdf

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April 2008

Hays Announces New OPC Program in Access

The following by George W. S. Hays, OPC Chair 2004-2005, is excerpted from the April 2008 issue of Access, the monthly newlsetter of the Ohio Library Council.

"Libraries of all types and sizes are encouraged to join the Ohio Preservation Council, a broad coalition of Ohio libraries, archives, historical societies, and conservation resources. Its mission is to provide a network for preservation education and to support preservation activities within the state.

The OPC has its roots in the Ohio Conservation Consortium, formed in 1983 under the vision and guidance of Walter Braham, former state librarian of Ohio and Connecticut. It has a long history of raising awareness about the importance of preservation, and providing education opportunities through workshops, symposia and hands-on training on a wide variety of preservation and conservation techniques. Guests and visitors are always welcome at attend membership meetings, which are held four times a year.

A critical concern of the OPC is the need to properly balance preservation with access to materials, and to recognize that new digitization technologies are a good means of increasing access, but must not be relied upon as a long-term preservation solution.

Preservation Issues is the OPC's electronic publication to discuss current issues and trends in preservation, and to report on activities and events of interest to the membership.

In collaboration with the Intermuseum Conservation Association of Cleveland, the oldest non-profit regional conservation center in the country, the OPC is developing a traveling program to introduce a wide variety of preservation issues. The program is designed to raise awareness and to provide a wealth of resource information about all aspects of preservation. The program is for libraries, historical societies, all political subdivisions, museums, church libraries, and any other institution responsible for preserving and providing access to our cultural heritage. Detailed information will be available this summer, with presentations scheduled to begin this fall.

The OPC is supported by members' annual dues, ranging from $25 to $200, based on the annual operating budget of the Institution/Organization in whose name the membership is held. Individual membership is $25 per year. Visit the How to Join to become a member.

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January 2008

OPC Member Tom Clareson Published in Archival Product News

Nationally renowned preservation authority and former OPC member, Tom Clareson, Director for New Initiatives at PALINET, discusses The Next Wave of Statewide Preservation Planning in Archival Product News.
http://www.archival.com/newsletters/apnewsvol15no1.pdf

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2007

 

October 2007

Cleveland Public Library Receives Award

Cleveland Public Library receives the 2007 Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections presented by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) and Heritage Preservation.
http://www.heritagepreservation.org/awards/aic2007.htm

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September 20, 2007

Honneffer Announces Release of the Directory of Photographic Collections in Ohio

Ohio's cultural heritage institutions are home to many outstanding photograph collections. At the opening session of the Preservation Strategies for the Care and Storage of Photographic Collections Symposium on September 20, 2007 at Ashland University.

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