Introduction to Preservation

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Suited for everyone interested in collection preservation.
Course Description

This course is an introduction to preserving library collections. It will cover the difference between preservation and conservation and will focus on budget friendly actions that can extend the life of your library collections. Basic collection housekeeping, risk management, appropriate storage and environment, as well as an introduction to emergency preparedness will be covered.

Learning objectives for this session include

At the end of this class, the attendee should be able to:

  1. Define preservation as it appliess to cultural collections.
  2. Assess the preservation needs of your collections.
  3. Create a basic risk management matrix for your collections.
  4. Choose appropriate storage for your collection.
  5. Identify resources to help you with all your preservation needs.


Homework Expectations
  • Case studies will be presented throughout the course. An individual preservation assessment will be worked on throughout course sessions with the final product turned in at the end of class.
  • It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
Session Information
Session Duration: 
This course consists of four 90-minute sessions.
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