Swimming Upstream: Cooperatively Preserving Collections in the Northwest

On September 21, 2000, representatives of archives, libraries, and museums from Alaska, Oregon, and Washington met at the University of Washington to discuss regional preservation cooperation. The meeting was planned by representatives from the Orbis Preservation Task Force, the Regional Alliance for Preservation (RAP), and the University of Washington Libraries. Julie Arnott, Manager of Preservation Services, SOLINET, gave an overview of preservation. Following Julie's presentation, Normandy Helmer, ORBIS and University of Oregon Library; Gary Menges, University of Washington Libraries; and Kathryn Shelton, Alaska State Library; gave an overview of some preservation activities in the Pacific Northwest.

The remainder of the morning was devoted to a review of models for cooperative preservation and national funding for preservation. Steve Dalton, Northeast Documents Conservation Center, described regional centers as a model. Thomas Clareson, AMGIOS Library Services, discussed network-based preservation services and RAP. Julie Arnott, SOLINET, reviewed statewide preservation programs and Jill Rawnsley, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Objects, reviewed regional preservation consortiums. Barbara Smith, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Barbara Paulson, National Endowment for the Humanities, reviewed the work of their agencies and their preservation funding programs.

The afternoon was devoted to brainstorming on regional cooperative preservation. This session was facilitated by Elaine Jennerich, Staff Development and Training Coordinator, University of Washington Libraires. "Our Vision for Preservation in the Pacific Northwest" summarizes this discussion.