(May 16, 2011)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

College Archives to Host Preservation Planning Workshop

Magale Library

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) — The Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections will host "Improving Your Environment and Your Preservation Program," a free workshop for small and mid-sized historical repositories, libraries and museums with historical collections. The workshop will be held on Centenary's campus in the Magale Memorial Library Thursday, May 26, from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

This workshop will teach staff from cultural heritage institutions how to survey their own facility and collections. It will also provide information on preservation grants available to individual institutions to enhance their preservation practices. Attendees will receive a "hands-on" experience as workshop facilitator, Thomas Clareson of LYRASIS walks through a site survey of the host facility's archives.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Libraries, Archives, and Museums Preservation Project (LA LAMPP) and Centenary College of Louisiana, with funding from the Institute for Museum for Library and Museum Services.

Seating is limited and registration closes May 19. Registration forms are available at http://nutrias.org/lama/lama.htm. For more information, contact Chris Brown, Centenary College's archivist, at cbrown@centenary.edu or 318.869.5462.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 373 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.