The National Endowment for the Humanities as part of their Preservation Assessment Grant for Small Institutions recently funded a visit to Special Collections & Archives by nationally known Facilities Consultant, Tom Wilsted.
Tom’s goals for his consultancy included the following:
- Review existing building plans and collection documents including preservation and emergency plans
- Travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to meet with library staff to discuss archives and rare book operations
- Meet with library administrators, facilities and development staff to gain insight into building needs and plans for potential building renovations.
- Review the existing facilities and collections
Tom submitted his final report in April 2015, and his remarks included thirteen specific recommendations for Special Collections & Archives to implement and/or consider. The report considered the following areas:
- Building environmental conditions
- Building security
- Fire protection
- Storage conditions
- Storage equipment
- Space functionality
In planning for the future, he stated that the funding and renovation of the facilities should be a high priority, for both collections storage and public services.