The Western Region Field Service Program (WRFSP) supports preservation efforts at collections-based institutions throughout BACC’s four-state western region: Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. Launched in 2000 with major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the program currently provides museums and historical organizations across a 370,000-square-mile area with the following services:
Workshops offered by BACC are available for exclusive presentations or at association meetings. A wide range of topics are offered, from workshops appropriate for institutions just embarking on a preservation planning program to specific, issue-oriented sessions geared to institutions that are further along in their conservation program. Workshop formats vary to meet the needs of participants and can range from full day face-to-face sessions with hands-on components to 90 minute webinars available online.
Workshop descriptions, schedules, and registration information for 2012 can be found here.
Organizations that wish to arrange for a specialized workshop to be held at their own institution can find more information and available topics in training.
Preservation-focused surveys are important tools for planning and funding preservation programs, as well as implementing improvements in the most efficient manner. Often coordinated by the Field Service Office, BACC is able to offer four different survey types depending on institutional needs. More information on each type of assessment can be found at surveys. Contact the Field Service Office to determine which survey type is most appropriate to meet your institution’s needs and goals.
The Field Service Office offers consultations of three principal types:
- Follow-up consultations for survey recipients
- Follow-up consultations for workshop participants
- Consultations on special problems
The Reference Service assists institutions in researching a variety of preservation-related technical queries. Typical questions involve how to institute an integrated pest management program, how to remedy a mold growth problem, how to wrap an object to protect it in storage or shipment, and how to determine appropriate lighting conditions for objects on display.
The Western Region Field Service Program is made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency.
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