Julie Allen Page receives Banks/Harris Award

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/21/2012

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CHICAGO – Julie Allen Page, co-coordinator of the California Preservation Program (CPP) and the Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS), is the recipient of the 2012 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, given annually by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section.  The award, consisting of $1,500 and a citation, sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L.P., recognizes the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials.  The award will be presented on Sunday, June 24, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Page has been a tireless advocate for preservation activities since 1989, becoming preservation librarian and head of the preservation department for the University of California – San Diego Libraries.  During this time she contributed to the development of a preservation program that spanned the entire 10-campus University of California system, not just the San Diego campus.  In 2001, she received a Library Services and Technology grant funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through The California State Library to implement a statewide preservation program that evolved into the California Preservation Program (CPP). 

In 2007, Page retired from her position at UC - San Diego to assume leadership in the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS), a new multi-state preservation program.  Since 2010, she has also been coordinating and leading preservation training for California’s IMLS-funded “Connecting to Collections” (C2C) implementation program.  In addition to her work with CPP, WESTPAS and C2C, Page has taught workshops across the country for such diverse groups as the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, the Cultural Property Group, the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force and the Council of State Archivists’ IPER project.  She serves in national organizations such as the American Library Association, Heritage Preservation (where she currently serves on the Board) and the American Institute for Conservation.

Page has made herself available to thousands of institutions and people dealing with preservation issues.  Since the creation of WESTPAS alone, she has been directly involved in the delivery of preservation training to more than 1,000 libraries, archives, history museums and historical societies in more than 14 states and territories.  In addition, she has reached out to state parks and small museums.  She constantly encourages her students to pass along what they have learned in workshops to their institution and the rest of their community.  Her involvement in disaster preparedness does not stop at teaching others.  She was an active participant in recovery efforts after the tsunami in American Samoa in 2009, as well as the flash flooding in Manoa, Hawai’i in 2004. She is active as part of her local responders network.  Page is a trained member of the American Institute for Conservation’s Collections Emergency Response Team (CERT).

She is quiet in her accomplishments but tremendous in her impact, developing new, outcome-driven methods of teaching preservation to old and new audiences alike.  Her impact is felt across the country through her teaching and response activities. Her ability to perform the tasks she sets for herself can be seen in the sheer breadth of her activities, the trust she has developed in all the fields with which she is associated and in the admirable end results of her work as evidenced by the near 100-percent completion rate for disaster response plans resulting from her workshops.  Her tireless efforts, constant willingness to help in any way she can and thorough expertise in her field has delivered unto Page the nickname “Ms. Disaster.” 

The Banks/ Harris Preservation Award honors the memories of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, early leaders in library preservation and teachers and mentors for many in the field of preservation.  The Banks/Harris Award is given each year by the Preservation and Reformatting Section of the ALCTS.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.