Thursday, August 19, 2010

Workshop - Maintaining a Proper Storage Environment for Historic Records

Centenary College Archives to Host “Maintaining a Proper Storage Environment for Historic Records” Workshop

Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections will host “Maintaining a Proper Storage Environment for Historic Records,” a workshop for those who work with historic records and strive to maintain an appropriate storage environment. The workshop will be held in Magale Memorial Library, Woodlawn Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana, on Friday, September 17, 2010. Chris Brown, Centenary College Archivist, will lead this workshop. It will run from 8:30am to 12:00pm.

Participants will examine best practices for environmental control, practice measuring storage area conditions, and identify their priorities and potential obstacles for improving conditions in storage areas. Participants will also receive a basic digital hygro-thermometer to begin monitoring the humidity and temperature of storage areas at their place of work.

Centenary’s Archives and Special Collections is sponsoring the workshop in collaboration with the Archival Training Collaborative, which includes the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Together these institutions are developing a way to provide a sustainable program of quality, convenient, and inexpensive continuing education opportunities for keepers of the historical record in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. The ATC is supported by a three-year grant from the Institute for Library and Museum Services, a federal funding agency. The collaborative will offer frequent workshops throughout MS, AL, and LA.

The “Maintaining a Proper Storage Environment for Historic Records” workshop consists of both lecture-based and discussion-based lessons. The registration fee of $25.00 includes printed material, a digital hygro-thermometer, and refreshments. Registration forms and instructions are available at

Seating is limited and registration closes September 13. For more information, contact Chris Brown, (318-869-5462).

Chris Brown, MLIS
Centenary College of Louisiana
Magale Memorial Library
2911 Centenary Blvd.
Shreveport, LA 71104
phone: 318-869-5462; fax: 318-869-5004