The San Joaquin County Historical Society is pleased to announce receipt of an award from the California Preservation Needs Assessment Project. The award will support an analysis by outside professionals of preservation needs within the San Joaquin County Historical Museum’s archives and library. This award complements another, more general one that the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services granted the Museum a couple years ago to assess preservation needs throughout the Museum’s collections.
The California Preservation Assessment Project is designed to help small and mid-sized libraries and archives plan improvements in the care of their historical collections. All institutions in California with library and archival collections and that provide free public access were eligible to apply. The assessment will cover books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, and digital materials.
The resulting recommendations will serve as an important first step in the creation of a plan for enhanced collection care. Preservation assessments are also often valued as a required step preliminary to preservation grant funding.
The assessment will consist of four parts:
- A site visit to the Museum to assess needs in its archives and library.
- A pre-site visit questionnaire to elicit information before the arrival of a consultant.
- A final management report that details findings and gives recommendations in priority order.
- Follow-up advice on implementation.
Implementation of the assessment process is expected to begin in mid-April.
The California Preservation Assessment Project is managed by the California Preservation Program, supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, and administered by the California State Librarian.