Care and Protection of Personal Collections: A FREE Day-Long Preservation Workshop

When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 | 9am-5pm

Where: Athens-Clarke County Library | 2025 Baxter Street, Athens, GA

Register by April 22nd

Description: This FREE day-long workshop in support of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week 2016 will help you prepare your personal documents and family archives for events beyond your control. You will learn to evaluate your personal collections including photos, scrapbooks, letters, and how to best store these important items to protect them for the long haul.  You will also learn how to create a disaster preparedness plan and the last part of the day will be spent writing one.  Tina Seetoo and Christine Wiseman, are preservation and conservation specialists with years of experience and will teach us how to take care of our “stuff” and will help us in writing our own plan to protect it. This time you will leave a workshop with the product you need ready to implement once you get home. This workshop has been approved by GPLS for 5 CEU credits.


9:00-9:30 am Check in
9:30-10:30am Saving Family Treasures – Covers multiple types of collections. Includes housing, handling, storage environment, and disaster preparedness.
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-11:45am Protecting Memories: Caring for Family Photographs – Includes housing, handling, storage environment, and disaster preparedness for photographs both analog and digital.
11:45-1:15pm Lunch (on your own) 
1:15-2:15pm Basics of Digital Imaging – Covers the basics of scanning personal collections, and what formats to save in to preserve.
2:15-2:25pm Break 
2:25-3:25pm Disaster Preparedness and Recovery for Personal Collections – Basics of emergency planning for personal records and family treasures. Covers fire, water/flood, and mold.
3:25-3:35pm Break
3:35-4:30pm Write your own disaster preparedness and recovery plan. At the end of the day, participants will be assisted in completing a Pocket Response Plan (PreP), including the procedures for an initial response to an emergency and compiling a list of emergency contacts and local resources.
4:30-4:45pm Questions and wrap up


Tina Mason Seetoo is the Archives & Donor Relations Associate at the Delta Air Lines Archives at the Delta Flight Museum. With the Archives Staff, she is responsible for the preservation of and access to the archives and museum collections.

Prior positions include, Conservator of the Georgia Archives for 6 years and Manager of Preservation Services at the Southeastern Library Network (now LYRASIS) where she was responsible for preservation education and outreach throughout the Southeast.  Seetoo lectures and consults on a wide range of preservation topics including collections care and repair, environmental management, disaster preparedness and recovery, and preservation management. Since 2010 she has been a Part-time Instructor of the Preservation of Archives course in the Masters of Archival Studies program at Clayton State University. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Heritage Emergency Response Alliance (HERA), a Metro Atlanta area disaster network.  She received an MLIS and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin which included a year-long internship in the Book Conservation Lab of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

Christine Wiseman is Head of the Digital Services Unit at the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Atlanta University Center. In this capacity she works collaboratively with library staff, the Archives Research Center, and faculties to deliver digital services in support of teaching, learning, and research. She is responsible for implementing best practices and emerging technologies that support the creation, management, discovery, access and preservation of digital collections.

Previous positions include serving as Preservation Services Manager at the State Archives of Georgia from 2002-2012, where she was responsible for planning, developing, and implementing a comprehensive program for the preservation and reformatting of the state’s historic records.During this tenure Christine was actively involved in statewide and regional disaster planning. She was on one of the earliest teams to assess damage to records in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina; she was involved in developing the PReP (Pocket Response Plan); bringing Heritage Preservation’s Alliance for Response Forums to Atlanta and Savannah, and in forming HERA, an Atlanta area disaster network.

Wiseman served as the 2011 president of the Society of Georgia Archivists and was the project manager for Georgia’s statewide preservation planning project, the Healthy Collections Initiative in 2007-2009. Christine teaches on a wide variety of archives and preservation topics, and has served as a part time instructor for Clayton State University’s Masters in Archival Studies program since 2010. Christine holds a MLIS and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Preservation Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.


To register, please complete the form here and mail to the address listed on the form. Forms may also be turned in to the Heritage Room at the Athens-Clarke County Library. Deadline for registrations is April 22nd.

This event is co-sponsored by the Athens-Clarke Country Library Heritage Room, the Clark-Oconee Genealogical Society, and the Georgia Genealogical Society.