RHSP Appalachia serves collecting institutions in the Appalachia regions of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Since 2017, CCAHA has conducted in-person workshops, webinars, and preservation needs assessments at institutions across the region. Looking ahead, CCAHA will offer training opportunities, a mentorship program, and a limited number of Peer Preservation Needs Assessments.
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Questions? Contact Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services, at email@example.com.
CCAHA continues to offer training opportunities in the region, including presentations at upcoming conferences.
West Virginia Library Association
Society of Ohio Archivists
Southeastern Museums Conference
Recordings of previous webinars offered through RHSP Appalachia can be accessed here.
In support of establishing a community of collaborators in the Appalachia region, CCAHA will launch a mentorship program geared towards supporting emerging and mid-level professionals. Instead of a traditional one-on-one mentorship program, the program will establish mentorship circles of four to six individuals at varying points in their career.
More information on the program, and how to apply, will be available in Spring 2022.
Peer Preservation Needs Assessments
Through funding from the NEH, CCAHA is able to offer a limited number of Preservation Needs Assessments in the Appalachia region free of charge. Institutions selected to participate will receive a preservation needs assessment conducted by a CCAHA specialist using a peer-to-peer format. Institutions are paired with a peer institution in the region with whom they complete the assessment process in tandem.
The Preservation Needs Assessment encompasses a general evaluation of an institution's preservation needs for their collections and includes environment (temperature, relative humidity, pollution, and light), housekeeping, pest control, fire protection, security, and disaster preparedness; collection storage, handling, exhibition, and treatment; and preservation planning. The written report provides observations, recommendations, and resources to serve as a guide in the development of a comprehensive preservation plan for the collections.
Applications are now open for the 2022 RHSP Preservation Needs Assessment Program. Click here for more information and to learn how to apply.