Forget the Best: Good and Better Approaches to Preservation


Event details


Cost: Free

This program of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is provided with generous support from the William Penn Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Independence Foundation.

Collecting institutions everywhere strive to meet professional "best practices" when it comes to preserving items in their collections. But for institutions with limited resources for preservation, achieving "best" can often feel impossible.

This free session will focus on how institutions can forgo the “best” in favor of “good” and “better” approaches to preservation, highlighting practical ways to make preservation a component of any collections care program- even one with little to no dedicated resources. Speaker Dyani Feige will share common, feasible recommendations in areas of collections care, environment, policies, security, emergency preparedness, and more, drawing on her own experience providing guidance to a variety institutions as CCAHA's Director of Preservation Services. The remainder of the session will serve as a platform for discussion, offering participants an opportunity to share knowledge and ask questions about addressing preservation concerns with limited resources.


About the Presenter:

Dyani Feige (Director of Preservation Services, CCAHA) works with libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations to conduct needs and risk assessments, assist in disaster planning, and help develop policy and planning documents for collections. She also develops and presents education programs on preservation and conservation concerns.

Dyani is a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the American Library Association (ALA), the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), the Delaware Valley Archivists Group (DVAG), and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM). She is a recognized Digital Archives Specialist through SAA.

Before joining the staff of CCAHA in 2010 as Preservation Specialist, Dyani worked in the Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives. She has also worked in the New York Public Library’s Preservation Division; for the Conference Board; and in the Special Collections & Archives at Kent State University. Dyani received her MS in Library and Information Science with a Certificate in Archives at Pratt Institute and her BM in Music Business from New York University.