Security in the Archives Workshop

Northern Kentucky University was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant for a security assessment of the W. Frank Steely Library’s Special Collections and Archives. Additionally, the award included funding for a workshop on security for archival collections.

What: This half-day workshop will introduce participants to some of the tools and techniques that can help protect archives, libraries and other cultural resource institutions from theft and mutilation of their holdings. The workshop will examine the nature of the problem – the big business of theft of historical materials, what is at particular risk, who the thieves are and how we can identify them – and will explore the problem of insider theft. Participants will learn about the management of researchers in reading rooms and of visitors to historic sites, and will be introduced to methods of collection management to enhance the protection of collections. The workshop will also address the steps that should be taken in the aftermath of a theft.

Who should attend: Archivists, librarians, curators, and any staff of libraries, special collections, archives, historic houses and historical societies and museums.

When: Thursday May 16, 2013 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: W. Frank Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY 41099

How: There is no charge for this workshop, but NKU charges a small fee for parking. Attendees are requested to register at: http://nkuarchives.eventbrite.com

Questions? Contact Lois Hamill at hamilll1@nku.edu or (859) 572-5863.

The W. Frank Steely Library Special Collections and Archives Security Assessment and Training Project is funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this workshop do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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