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Registration Underway for Archival Training Workshop at LSUA

Released: 06/02/2010

LSU Alexandria will host an archival preservation workshop for “anyone who owns, works with or is responsible for historical records or documents” on June 26, announced Michelle Riggs, LSUA archivist. The $25 registration fee includes a workbook, resource guide and basic tools. The four-hour workshop, which is most appropriate for people with little or no archival training, will start at 8:30 a.m. in the Bayou Robert Room of the LSUA student center. The registration deadline is June 21.

“Participants will learn basic preservation techniques such as optimal storage and environmental conditions, selecting proper repair methods, and determining when documents need professional conservation,” said Riggs. “We’ll also provide an opportunity for participants to experience hands-on document repair and to protect documents from mold, mildew, dust, rust, pests and the punishing Louisiana summer.”

Riggs, a certified professional archivist, will lead the workshop, which includes lecture-based and computer-based lessons. “We take a very practical approach and work our way through professionally designed curricula,” she said. “Participants will come away with techniques that they can apply immediately to their own collections.” Addition information is available from Riggs at 619-2960 or mriggs@lsua.edu.

The workshop, “Archival Preservation: Document in Distress,” is presented by the Archival Training Collaborative in conjunction with the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association, and LSUA. Funding comes from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information about the initiative can be obtained at www.archivaltraining.org.