California Heritage Protection Project (CalHPP)

July 2015: The California State Library received funding from CalOES to implement in six counties a pilot disaster preparedness program for libraries and other heritage organizations in partnership with first responders and emergency services. The California Preservation Program has been tasked with implementing the project, July 2015 -June 2016.

Training Cultural Heritage Workers for Disaster Preparedness and Response

May 2015: The Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service, WESTPAS, is in the news! The National Endowment for the Humanities talks about it in an article on training cultural heritage workers for disaster preparedness and response. WESTPAS is managed by the California Preservation Program; through its six trainers, including Lynn Davis (interviewed), it delivers preservation training to 14 Western and Pacific states and territories.

Free webinar series on preservation best practices

Preservation Best Practices  This series of four archived webinars delivered in 2013 provide participants with an overview of the preservation standards for the many aspects of collections care, give benchmarks for measuring and improving preservation within an organization, and give guidelines for establishing a preservation program.

PRISM: Software for Risk Assessment and Decision-making in Libraries

Work is underway at the University of California (UC) to apply principles of risk analysis and risk management to library collections owned by the University. UC has developed software to support analysis and decision-making, called PRISM (Preservation Risk Information System Model) that assists users to identify hazards, determine levels of risk, and compare  the effectiveness, as well as cost effectiveness, of options for methods to mitigate recognized risks.

Join the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)!


Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), we hope to diversify and double the number of partner institutions in the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP). If you have audiovisual recordings of “California Light and Sound” in your collection that you want to preserve, contact Pamela Vadakan (

Apply for a collection preservation assessment!

Apply for a grant today to have an assessment of the preservation needs of your collections and storage environment. Deadline for proposals March 1, 2013.

Collaborating on disaster preparedness in Tuolumne County

The Union Democrat in Sonora, Tuolumne County, ran an article October 24, 2012, on a California Preservation Program workshop for County record keepers, cultural institution officials, and emergency managers on collaborating to improve disaster preparedness and response (Sonora workshop) .