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Saturday, August 3 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Preservation Section / Technical Subcommittee on Archival Facilities Guidelines

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The Preservation Section Steering Committee regrets to share that the Sections’ primary speaker for our meeting Jeremy Linden, is unable to attend the annual meeting due to illness.

We will still be dedicating our meeting to Sustainability and Cultural Heritage, and look forward to hearing from you all at the meeting as we discuss Sustainability and Cultural Heritage.

Jeremy will be sharing a screencast of his postponed talk in the next few weeks, “Sustainability and Cultural Heritage: The State of SAA and the Allied Professions.” Stand by for that date later in October.

Sustainability and Cultural Heritage: The State of SAA and the Allied Professions 

Join us for a presentation and facilitated discussion on the current state of sustainable practices throughout the cultural heritage community in this joint session with the Technical Subcommittee on Archival Facilities Guidelines (TSAFG). The program will begin with brief announcements and updates from the Preservation Section, TSAFG, the SAA Foundation, and representatives from NEH and NHPRC.
The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the advent of sustainable practices throughout the cultural heritage community, ranging from redefined standards and best practices to broaden discussions and understanding of what sustainability means in the context of collecting organizations including archives, museums, and libraries. This session will:
  • Outline recent changes to standards and best practices documents in the interest of sustainable preservation practices;
  • Introduce current sustainability activities from among the cultural heritage professional organizations, including AIC, AAM, AASLH, as well as allied professions such as ASHRAE,
  • Discuss broadened, more inclusive understandings of sustainability in cultural heritage (it's not just about being green!)
  • Identify sustainability recommendations and practices in the forthcoming, updated Archival and Special Collections Facilities Guidelines;
  • and examine SAA's own current efforts toward understanding sustainability within the profession.
The talk will be followed by a facilitated discussion of possible next steps to consider, both as archivists committed to preservation of our institutional holdings, and as members of SAA as a whole. Questions considered could potentially include:
  • What commitments to sustainable practices might SAA consider as a professional organization;
  • How to increase awareness or educational opportunities for sustainability in professional education;
  • Suggestions for research and best practices development in day-to-day workflow processes (recycling, product and material selection, etc.)
Comments and suggestions from the discussion will be gathered and collated by the Preservation Section, shared with Council, and used to help inform future efforts in developing recommendations for sustainability practices in archival repositories by the Technical Subcommittee for Archival Facilities Guidelines and the Preservation Section, as well as other interested groups within SAA.


Jeremy Linden

Preservation Consultant, Linden Preservation Services, Inc.

Saturday August 3, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Grand Salon 7, [Level 4]