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Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections


Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Analog and Digital Collections

The Live Online, Instructor-led Course

NEXT OFFERING: Winter 2015

The Instructor-led Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Analog and Digital Collections course gives participants the foundation needed to be effective collections stewards. This comprehensive introduction prepares participants to complete a preservation needs assessment and provides structured guidance on developing an institutional disaster plan. Revised and updated for the 2013–14 session, the course uses the free online version of Preservation 101 as its textbook, adding expanded resources and assignments, interactive discussions, and new content covering audiovisual and digital formats and digital preservation. Putting theory into practice, participants will develop recommendations for improvement and a long-range preservation plan.

Preservation 101 is a hybrid course. A series of ten live webinars builds on self-paced study through assigned readings. Feedback will be provided by the instructor. The webinars are interactive, and are supported by NEDCC’s Preservation 101 Education Classroom. Participants will have access to webinar recordings, readings, and additional resources, and can communicate with the instructor and fellow participants.

Benefits of Preservation 101, The Instructor-led Course

  • 10 live webinars with a preservation specialist available for questions and discussion, including dedicated office hours
  • An introduction to the characteristics of paper-based materials, photographs, audiovisual media, and digital content
  • Examination of key causes of deterioration in archival collections and strategies for slowing deterioration and preventing loss
  • Discussion of conservation treatment options; prioritization; and reformatting strategies for preservation and access
  • Guidance for using dPlan™: The Online Disaster Planning Tool, with the optional goal of having a completed basic disaster plan by the end of the course
  • Opportunities to share experiences and concerns with other participants through online discussion and chats
  • Dozens of supplementary resources to help guide your local preservation assessment and planning
  • A Certificate of Completion
  • Eligible Certified Archivists (CAs) earn 15 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) through The Academy of Certified Archivists.

Cost: TBD


Contact Frances Harrell,, 978-470-1010 ext. 244



Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections

The Free Self-guided Version
Preservation 101 self-guided version gives you the basic introduction, texts, and resources to help you build an effective preservation program for your institution.  Work through all of the modules, read all content, complete the activities, and recording your thoughts and comments. Allow a minimum of two to three hours to work through each module. [Note: No instructor is available to answer questions in this self-paced version, and no continuing education credit is available for completion of this course.]