Call for Presentations

Save Our Stuff (SOS), the Annual Conference and Meeting of the Iowa Conservation and Preservation Consortium (ICPC) will be held on June 8, 2018, at the Orpheum Theater in Marshalltown, IA.

Preserving and conserving Iowa’s cultural heritage is a pillar in the missions of many institutions around the state. ICPC’s Save Our Stuff conference focuses on strategies and practices that meet the preservation needs of Iowa’s cultural institutions.

Proposals are now being accepted for sessions for the 2018 ICPC Conference and Annual Meeting. Topics should directly address issues of preservation and conservation of cultural materials including, but not limited to, books, manuscripts, ephemera, and artifacts. Presentations ought to be applicable to institutions with various staff sizes and budgets.

Each session is 50 minutes in length. If you are proposing a roundtable or panel presentation, please include names and titles of all participants.

Proposals should be submitted via e-mail with the subject heading “2018 SOS Proposal” to the ICPC Administrative Assistant at: iowa.conserveandpreserve@gmail.com

Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2018. Proposals accepted for sessions will be notified in April. Speakers are requested to donate their time, expertise, and travel. Lunch is provided for speakers, but those wishing to attend conference sessions other than their own must register.

IMALERT Hotline

During a disaster, time is critical but help is a phone call away.  IMALERT Hotline 319-384-3673.

Beginning July 1, 2016, the Iowa Museums, Archives, and Libraries Emergency Response Team (IMALERT) will provide a hotline service to cultural institutions experiencing an emergency or disaster. The IMALERT Hotline can connect staff with the information and expertise needed to respond to, and recover from any level of incident from a leaking pipe to a major flood.

IMALERT will coordinate with first responders, state and local agencies, and vendors to provide disaster assistance to affected institutions and their collections. Through the team’s vast experience in conservation, preservation and emergency response and recovery, help is available to:

– assess damage to collection materials

– make recommendations for recovery

– assist with decision making on drying out buildings

– demonstrate salvage techniques and/or help organize the initial salvage operation

 

 

Initiate, encourage & enhance preservation practices for Iowa archives & collections