[Free Webinar and Workshop] Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Protecting Cultural Collections:

Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Part 1:  ON-LINE WEBINARS – Prevention & Preparedness (archived 2½ hours total)
Part 2:  IN-PERSON WORKSHOP – Response & Recovery

Belmont, CA:  Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. – Notre Dame de Namur University, Gellert Library

The workshop is FREE.  Participation in the in-person workshop requires viewing the archived Part 1 webinars BEFORE attending the Part 2 in-person workshop AND completing the workshop assignments. Any exception requires the permission of the instructor. Link to the webinars will be provided upon registration.

Sponsored by Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)

Co-Sponsored by California Preservation Program (CPP)

Instructor: Julie A. Page, Co-Coordinator, CPP and WESTPAS


The “Protecting Cultural Collections” training is presented in a sequence of two archived webinars plus one in-person workshop to produce the following outcomes:

  • Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan
  • Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
  • Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
  • Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos & objects

The webinar sessions and the in-person workshop are scheduled to enable participants to prepare short assignments between sessions, resulting in a completed disaster plan. Participating institutions will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in your region.

Who should attend:    Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, response and decision-making, in all types of cultural institutions.  By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop’s disaster preparedness goals. When possible, please commit two attendees so they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.

Cost:    No charge to the institution.  Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the California State Library.  Mileage reimbursement funds are available to staff (paid or volunteer) from California organizations, with annual operating budgets of less than $250,000, for travel in excess of 100 miles round trip to attend the workshop.

Registration:     Pre-registration required. Register online for the IN-PERSON session at: WESTPAS workshop   http://tinyurl.com/ot4kve2

For registration assistance contact: Wendy Cao,  caow@plsinfo.org

For general & content information contact Julie Page  jpage@calpreservation.org

Submitted by Grace Kim from Notre Dame de Namur University

EVENT: Thirsty Thursday

We’re well into the new year, time to reconnect with your Bay Area library colleagues. Join BayNet for cocktails and conversation at DaDa Bar in the Financial District.

Location: DaDa Bar, 65 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104
Date/Time: Thursday, February 23, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

Register online!

Released: BayNet Newsletter Winter 2017

The most recent issue of the BayNet Newsletter has been released! You can find the current issue at https://baynetlibs.org/news/current-newsletter

In the Fall 2016 issue:

Online Library 2.016 Conference Examines the Future of Libraries by Allison Randall Gatt: This write-up of the Online Library 2.016 Conference covers everything about the future of libraries from information visualization to do the intersection of libraries and democracy (very important these days).

From Essential Librarian to Essential Leader by Elise Y. Wong: This librarian outlines her journey from becoming an essential part of her library to becoming a full-blown leader in her department. I think we could all use some ground-up inspiration once in a while.

Library Events Around the BayA calendar of library events going on in the next few weeks around the Bay! Grow your network, take a walk around Chinatown with BayNet, and take in an exhibit at the American Bookbinder’s Museum. Yes, there’s a bookbinder’s museum. Check it out!

Tools for Measuring Social Media Success by Ginny  Mies: With the end of the fiscal year looming on the horizon, it’s a good time to take a look at how that social media presence is providing some Return on Investment.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting by Diana Wakimoto: BayNet held an event talking about the art of Yarnbombing and how it can be a powerful force of social justice activism! Not to mention a handy craft in case of the apocalypse.

Archives: Visit the BayNet Website! A 20 year old reprint of the President’s Message from Winter of 1997. Concerns about hardware problems and navigating an ever-changing technological landscape sure don’t sound familiar to me at all. At least that was before everything you did online was being watched!

If you’d like to submit an article for publication, and it is highly encouraged, in the Winter 2017 BayNet Newsletter, please see the Submission Guidelines for more detailed information. Hope you enjoy the issue!

Collin Thormoto
BayNet News Editor

[Conference Report] Making College Connections: Librarians working together to prepare students for college and beyond

At ALA Midwinter on January 22nd in Atlanta, the Transitions to College Committee of the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) met and discussed challenges in preparing students for college. A mix of public, school, community college, and university librarians shared ideas for making the transition smoother for all students.

According to the multi-type library committee, “libraries can be a powerful influence in helping students prepare for the high school to college transition. They can be even more powerful when they work together.” To that end, the committee has made a resource map to help foster relationships between librarians at varied institutions to discuss and collaborate on transitions-related projects.

The map, intended to serve as a starting point for collaboration, seems like a great place for BayNet members to share expertise. Currently only a few Bay Area institutions are included on the map.

As a librarian in an independent high school, I am particularly interested in working with first year experience librarians and other college librarians to ensure that my students are well prepared for research skills they’ll need in college. I think dialogue between K-12 and college librarians as well as public librarians working with school-age students can target critical thinking and critical searching skills amongst the students we serve. Special libraries could also add to the conversation, sharing information seeking trends and information literacy needs seen in their libraries.

To view the map or add yourself to it, visit the Connecting Librarians for K-20 Transitions site here: Connecting Librarians for K-20 Transitions.


Post Written by Sarah Levin; Librarian, Urban School of San Francisco; President, Bay Area Independent School Librarians

[Event] The Art of Tea at the South San Francisco Public Library

Where: South San Francisco Public Library 840 W Orange Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

When: Saturday January 28th at 2:00 pm


Ruby Ming, a docent from the Asian Art Museum’s Community Speaker Program, will deliver an educational and entertaining multimedia talk about the art of tea and the many different traditions of Chinese tea practice. Characteristics of these tea traditions and ceremonies will be described and illustrated through various forms of art allowing attendees to visualize the significance of tea as an art form in Asian culture.

Post submitted by Anissa Malady, Librarian II at South San Francisco Public Library