WESTPAS (Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service) delivers preservation education and training workshops to libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural institutions in 14 participating states and territories: Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northern Marianas Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Started in 2007 with major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, contributions from preservation service companies, and partnerships with the state libraries and archives in the participating states, workshops are located regionally to maximize participation. Instructors are experienced preservation professionals from California, Hawai’i, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Workshops are designed to help institutions protect the asset value of their collections, to promote stewardship of the heritage of the West and the Pacific, and to create a culture of preservation management, one where management staff with preservation knowledge and decision-making tools will guide the use of institutional resources to ensure survival of their heritage collections. In addition to providing formal training, the workshops foster creation of networks of cultural institution staff that can create a community of mutual aid assistance for disaster response and preservation of collections in the region. The successes of WESTPAS workshops have been documented in reports to the National Endowment for the Humanities (see 07/08 report, 09/10 report, and 11/12 report).
In addition to training, WESTPAS maintains a 24/7 disaster assistance number,
888-905-7737, to provide advice and help in the event of a collection disaster.