An artifact at Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Park.
The Oregon Heritage MentorCorps, trainings and website will assist archives, museums and libraries in the state with collections care and emergency management. In addition, the Heritage Commission appointed two dozen statewide preservation leaders to an advisory group to plan and strategize on initiatives to preserve heritage collections.
The Connecting to Collections Project planning group had found that more than half of the archives, libraries and museums in Oregon had no paid staff for preservation, and that 25 percent of heritage institutions have no funds allocated to preservation. In addition, 85 percent of the institutions do not have a disaster preparedness plan that is current and ready to be activated.
Its final Needs Assessment Report was made following public meetings, an online survey and a summit involving leaders of statewide archive, library and museum organizations.
In 2006, the Heritage Health Index identified millions of items in the nation's museums, libraries and other cultural institutions that were in danger due to neglect, poor environmental conditions, lack of training, and other causes.
The Connecting to Collections Project partners include the Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Library Association, Northwest Archivists, Oregon Museums Association, Oregon State Archives, Oregon State Library, Oregon Historical Society, Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, and other organizations.
The Oregon Library Association has devoted an issue of its OLA Quarterly to this Oregon preservation effort.