Webinars, Workshops, & Notices

Webinars and Workshops

Recent ICPN webinars:

All ICPN webinars have been archived and are freely viewable at any time.  Click ICPN Events to see a full list of our webinars; and then, and click on a webinar title for its description, resource list, and video link. 

Sign Up for the next Connecting to Collections Care webinar on disaster recovery, its free!


After Disasters: Salvage and Recovery in Small to Mid-Sized Museums and Libraries


May 1, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30, EDT, with Susan Duhl.

Understanding the components of disaster response is key in successful recovery of collections of any type, size, and budget. This webinar will show professionals and volunteers the steps needed to effectively save collections, including:

+ What happens to collections after fires, floods, mechanical failures, and other events

+ Recovery logistics, team building, and securing supplies

+ Safety and health practices

+ Working with first responders, engineers, contractors and conservators, and local resources

+ Collections triage, handling practices, drying options, soot and mud cleaning techniques, and mold control

+ Long-term recovery: conservation treatment and funding

After Disasters: Salvage and Recovery in Small to Mid-Sized Museums and Libraries | Connecting to Collections Care Online Community  

Susan Duhl is an Art Conservator and Collections Consultant, providing assessments, consultations, and conservation treatment for institutions and individuals throughout the United States and internationally. She specializes in disaster prevention and strategic recovery of art, archival, and historic collections from natural, mechanical, accidental, and man-made disasters. Capabilities include assessments, pre-incident planning, prevention, emergency response, strategic planning for recovery, and conservation treatment. Clients include private collectors, historic houses and societies, and institutional collections of all types and sizes.


Lee County Small Museum Conference

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the
Loveland Community House & Museum
513 West 2nd St., Dixon, Illinois, 61021
Presented By The Lee County Historical & Genealogical Society

Make Checks Payable to Lee Co. Historical & Genealogical Society (LCHGS) for $25 per person.
Includes buffet style luncheon catered by Arthur’s Garden Deli.
Registration Deadline: April 29th 2015
Mail to LCHGS, 111-113 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon, Ill. 61021

Nicolette Meister – Care and Management of Ethnographic Collection
Nicolette is the Curator of Collections of the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College. She also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in Beloit College’s Museum Studies Program and has taught Introduction to Collections Management and Introduction to Museum Studies. Prior to her arrival at Beloit in 1999 she worked at the Denver Art Museum and University of Colorado Museum of natural History while she completed her M.S. in Museum and Field Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Previous museum experience also includes the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford University, Oxford, England. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Nicolette has written and received grants from NEH and IMLS and has served as a grants reviewer for NEH. Sharon Welton– Photo Types and Preservation Sharon is the Executive Director of the Stephenson County Historical Society, Museum and Arboretum. She has gained extensive experience in artifact preservation through her previous work at Campbell Center, attending over 40 workshops and working closely with the faculty. She has also studied at the Rare Books School, National Park Service, George Eastman House, and Northeast Document Conservation Center and has 20 years volunteer experience at local small museums. She has presented artifact preservation workshops at Beloit College, various professional conferences, and numerous small historical and genealogical societies. She sits on the Boards of Directors for the Illinois State Historical Society, the Stephenson County Historical Society, and the Lena Historical Society. She and her husband, Michael, reside in Lena, Illinois.
Andrew Huot – The Care and Feeding of Book and Paper Collections
Andrew is the Book and Paper Conservator at Big River Bindery in Davenport, Iowa. He has worked in Conservation at Illinois State University and the University of Oregon and teaches conservation and preservation for the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has lectured around the Midwest on the preservation of archival collections and book repair techniques, and is an active member ofthe American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, the Midwest Regional Conservation Guild, and the Guild of Book Workers. Andrew holds a Masters ofBook Arts fromthe University ofthe Arts in Philadelphia. 
Eric Basir – Image Organization Made Easy
Eric owns a photo retouching studio in Evanston, IL. He has served the genealogical community since 2002 as a teacher and author of three books plus a video course about digital photo preservation and restoration.. As well as speaking Eric will be doing on site photo repairs the day of the conference for an additional fee.
Pat Miller – The Five Core Documents
Pat is the director of the Illinois Heritage Association, a statewide nonprofit service association that helps cultural heritage organizations meet professional standards of operation. She holds a masters degree in art history from the University of Illinois. She is an active peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums, where she conducts onsite consultations for the MuseumAssessment Program and serves on accreditation visiting teams. She also teaches graduate courses in museum administration and leadership at Eastern Illinois University.


The IAM Annual Conference will be held in Springfield on September 24-25, 2015.  The theme of this year's conference is Museums + Schools = Transformative Learning.  The IAM Conference is an opportunity for museum professionals network, and attend sessions, workshops, and panel discussions on topics of importance to the field.  The Conference also includes the Annual Meeting and Awards presentations as well as opportunities to explore the historic homes and museums of the host city.  For more information visit www.illinoismuseums.org.

The Fall Term is a great time to start (or complete) your CAMPBELL CENTER CERTIFICATE. We are offering back to back classes for students to conveniently complete more than one course per visit. Visit our website and click on FALL TERM to see what classes are available. 


Click CARLI training events to see training opportunities sponsored by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries. 

Society of American Archivists

Check out the workshops, seminars, & live webinars posted on the SAA website.

 Among the interest groups - numbering 74 and growing - that you can join at The Museum Resource Network, are the  "Museum Conservation & Preservation" and the "Collections Management" groups whose members are discussing topics that may interest you.


Welcome to the Illinois Collections Preservation Network!

The Illinois Collections Preservation Network (ICPN) was made possible by a Connecting to Collections grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.   The mission of IMLS is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action is a multi-year, multi-faceted national initiative funded by IMLS to help libraries and museums achieve the best possible care for their collections.

The Connecting to Collections initiative is a call to action, spurring activity at the local, state and national level to care for America's collections. This video was developed to underscore the importance of collections held in museums, libraries and archives throughout the U.S., and to inspire communities to take action.  ("Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action" video produced by Watertown Productions for IMLS and Heritage Preservation.)





Illinois' heritage collections are at risk!

Illinois heritage collections include irreplaceable works of art, artifacts, historical objects, books, documents, maps, photographs, audio and video tapes, digital records, and scientific specimens that document our state's unique cultural and natural heritage.  Many of these objects are at risk from natural hazards, human-made problems, inadequate environmental controls, unexpected calamities, and the inevitable processes of deterioration. 

The ICPN is a collaboration of 15 partner institutions and numerous individual and institutional members who want to minimize the risks.  Our mission is to “ensure the long-term preservation of collections in Illinois that document cultural and natural heritage for the education and enrichment of present and future generations.”  In 2011 Illinois was one of six states to be awarded a Connecting to Collections grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)In order to aid employees and volunteers of collection-holding facilities (e.g., museums, libraries, archives, historical societies) in caring for their collections, ICPN is creating a network of people and providing resources like workshops, assessment kits, training webcasts, and this website.  We hope to engage you in this conversation about preserving our state's valuable objects and thereby ensure their longevity.  We welcome both your preservation tips and your questions.

Conservation professionals are bound by the American Institute for Conservation's (AIC) code of ethics and standards to adhere to various laws and regulations; and, to be respectful not only of the items they are treating, but also of an object's cultural importance. While treating each object with materials and methods appropriate to the object's properties, the conservator must also be cognizant of future needs to access the object for research, public display, cultural purposes, and future conservation. Techniques need to be reversible; and, sometimes the best treatment is no treatment.