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DRAFT Outline

October 16, 2007

  1. Background of NCPTT
    1. Founding of the Center
      1. OTA report
      2. 1992 Amendments
      3. Location in Natchitoches
      4. Report to the Associate Director of Cultural Resources following the 2001 Forum
    2. Who We Are
      1. Within the US Department of the Interior, NCPTT is part of the Washington, DC Office of the National Park Service, under the direction of the Associate Director for Cultural Resources
    3. Purposes of the Center
      1. Develop and distribute preservation and conservation skills and technologies for the identification, evaluation, conservation, and interpretation of cultural resources
      2. Develop and facilitate training for Federal, State, and local resource preservation professionals, cultural resource managers, maintenance personnel, and others working in the preservation field
      3. Take steps to apply preservation technology benefits from ongoing research by other agencies and institutions
      4. Facilitate the transfer of preservation technology among Federal agencies, State and local governments, universities, international organizations, and the private sector
      5. Cooperate with related international organizations including but not limited to The International Council on Monuments and Sites, the International Center for the study and Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Properties, and the International Council on Museums.
    4. Forum Recommendations
      1. Research Priorities
      2. Serving as Convener
      3. Knowledge Center
      4. Integrate Training into Research
  2. Legislative Authority
    1. 16 U.S.C. Part B
  3. Mission Statement: NCPTT advances the application of science and technology to historic preservation. Working in the fields of archeology, architecture, landscape architecture and materials conservation, the Center accomplishes its mission through training, education, research, technology transfer and partnerships.
  4. Stakeholders
    1. NCPTT serves a broad audience of individuals, institutions and organizations that preserve cultural resources.
    2. Work of NCPTT directly benefits practicing professionals in fields of architecture, landscape architecture, heritage education, archaeology and materials conservation
  5. Strategic Goals/Objectives/Tasks
    1. Advance the use of science and technology in historic preservation
      1. Research
        1. Establish and maintain relevant research priorities
        2. Maintain well equipped research facilities
        3. Establish program for visiting scholars
      2. Training
        1. Develop 5-7 Tel courses per year
        2. Increase training programs by 25%
        3. Develop Scholarship Program for NCPTT workshops
        4. Facilitate Preservation Trades training
        5. Start Fellowship program
      3. Dissemination
        1. Develop Technology Briefs
        2. Develop Learning Modules
        3. Integrate heritage education into primary functions of NCPTT
    2. Improve access to information on preservation technology
      1. Create NCPTT Preservation Technology National Conference
      2. Create NCPTT Publication Series
      3. Increase web content by 60%
      4. Host sessions at professional meetings
      5. Create documents on preservation issues for state and government decision makers
      6. Create wiki for preservation technology
      7. Publish an E-newsletter
    3. Increase awareness of NCPTT’s Services/Resources
      1. Increase presence within NPS
        1. Build stronger partnerships with the Parks
        2. Develop NPS specific brochures
        3. Increase partnerships with NPS training centers
      2. Increase presence among preservation professionals
      3. Increase presence in underserved populations
      4. Increase presence in general media: create online newsroom
      5. Develop an NCPTT alumni program
    4. Effective administration of NCPTT’s programs and activities
      1. Explore strategies to create a greener office
        1. Develop a ‘green team’
        2. Seek consultation with energy efficiency experts
      2. Assess cost effective alternatives to travel
        1. Investigate alternatives to face-to-face professional meetings/trainings
        2. Evaluate alternatives to biannual PTT board meetings
      3. Develop a team to devise an IT strategic plan
      4. Improve administration
        1. Facilitate inter-programmatic cooperation
        2. Increase training for NCPTT staff
      5. Improve PTT Grants
        1. Streamline PTT Grants
        2. Review research priorities
      6. Support the development of a Cooperative Association
        1. Make staff available
        2. Identify areas of contribution from cooperating association

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