While collecting institutions have always navigated the tensions between preservation and access, the twenty-first century has introduced a range of new affordances and challenges. This one-day symposium will explore shifting theoretical and technological frontiers governing how rare materials are preserved, housed, and used in contemporary cultural heritage institutions.


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Thursday, May 16th
9:30 AM

Plenary Talk: Things Fall Apart; The Center Cannot Hold: Preservation and Access in The New Information World

Michèle Cloonan, Simmons University School of Library and Information Science

9:30 AM

10:45 AM

Panel One: Objects and Their Audiences: Twenty-First Century Concerns

Heather Smedberg, University of California San Diego Special Collections & Archives
Dino Everett, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
Li Wei Yang, The Huntington Library

10:45 AM

In the 21st century, collecting institutions continue to expand the role of the audience with a renewed focus on user engagement, active learning, and community input. In this session, we will delve into the preservation implications of how rare materials are presented and used in cultural heritage institutions.

1:00 PM

Panel Two: Objects and Their Environments: New Frontiers in Preservation Practice

David Wexler, Hollywood Vaults
Joel Taylor, Getty Conservation Institute
Mark Roosa, Pepperdine Libraries

1:00 PM

This session explores new strategies for designing practical preservation spaces in contemporary archives, libraries, and storage facilities. Come hear our speakers discuss the frontlines of preservation as seen through the perspectives of user-centered design, sustainability, and the cutting-edge technology available for preservation systems and built environments.