Balancing Preservation and Access in the Twenty-First Century: A Pepperdine Symposium

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Registration Deadline: May 1, 2019

Location: Payson Library, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

See event parking map here.

Date and Time: 8:30am-3:30pm, Thursday, May 16, 2019

Description:

While collecting institutions have always navigated the tensions between preservation and access, the twenty-first century has introduced a range of new affordances and challenges. This one-day symposium will explore shifting theoretical and technological frontiers governing how rare materials are preserved, housed, and used in contemporary cultural heritage institutions.

The plenary talk will be presented by Michèle Cloonan, Dean Emerita and Professor, Simmons University School of Library and Information Science.

Agenda:

8:30am: Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:45-9:15am: Tour of Pepperdine Preservation Environment – Option 1

9:15am: Welcome

9:30am: Plenary: Michèle Cloonan

10:30am: Coffee Break

10:45am: Panel One: Objects and Their Audiences: Twenty-First Century Concerns

12pm: Lunch

12:30-1pm: Tour of Pepperdine Preservation Environment – Option 2

1pm: Panel Two: Objects and Their Environments: New Frontiers in Preservation Practice

2:15pm: Final Remarks and Questionnaire

2:30-3pm: Tour of Pepperdine Preservation Environment – Option 3

3pm: Adjourn

Sessions:

Plenary Talk: “Things Fall Apart; The Center Cannot Hold: Preservation and Access in The New Information World”

Michèle Cloonan, Professor and Dean Emerita of the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science:

Panel One: Objects and Their Audiences: Twenty-First Century Concerns
In the 21st century, collecting institutions continue to expand the role of the audience with a renewed focus on user engagement, active learning, and community input. In this session, we will delve into the preservation implications of how rare materials are presented and used in cultural heritage institutions.

  • Heather Smedberg (UCSD Special Collections & Archives; RBMS Instruction & Outreach Committee):
    “Preservation and Active Learning in the Special Collections Classroom”
  • Dino Everett (USC School of Cinematic Arts):
    “Breaking Out of Film Jail: Why Using Archival Originals is Crucial in the Days of Digital Everything” 
  • Li Wei Yang (The Huntington Library):
    “Looking Beyond the American West: Pacific Rim Collections at The Huntington”

Panel Two: Objects and Their Environments: New Frontiers in Preservation Practice
This session explores new strategies for designing practical preservation spaces in contemporary archives, libraries, and storage facilities. Come hear our speakers discuss the frontlines of preservation as seen through the perspectives of user-centered design, sustainability, and the cutting-edge technology available for preservation systems and built environments.

  • David Wexler (Hollywood Vaults):
    “A Modern Approach to Preserving The Past
  • Joel Taylor (Getty Conservation Institute):
    “Becoming an Agent of Change: A Collections Preservation Course for Mid-career professionals that Focuses on Sustainability and Collaboration”
  • Mark Roosa (Pepperdine Libraries):
    “Spatial Transparency: Communicating the Work of Special Collections through the Built Environment” 

Tour of Pepperdine Preservation Environment
Join Pepperdine staff for a tour and conversation about our NEH grant-funded renovation of the Pepperdine Special Collections and University Archives. They will discuss how archival and operational concerns were balanced in a project to create a sustainable environment for mixed-media items and revitalize the Special Collections for teaching and research through an innovative inside-out concept.

Registration:

Register for the symposium here by May 1, 2019.

Contact:

For questions, contact Melissa Nykanen at melissa.nykanen@pepperdine.edu.


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