NEDCC provides several types of preservation needs assessments, which are often the first step in an institution’s long-term preservation initiative. Many granting agencies require such assessments before funding storage improvements, conservation treatment, and digitization projects.
For a description of the assessment timeline and instructions on how to request a proposal, visit Working with Preservation Assessments, or download a printable Assessment Fact Sheet to share with administration or planning teams. Learn more about the Benefits of Assessments.
A preservation needs assessment identifies overall risks to your collections and helps better preserve your materials by recommending achievable strategies for today and tomorrow.
A General Preservation Pre-Assessment offers the same benefits, but has a slightly narrower scope that is suitable for small or very new collecting institutions. The site visit and report are accordingly shorter, and recommendations are designed to be completed within one to two years instead of five.
A Community-Based Preservation Assessment provides a combination of general preservation needs assessments and pre-assessments for two or more collecting institutions within the same community (e.g. public library, historical society, town clerk’s office, tribal organizations, historic churches and synagogues). This powerful assessment encourages collaboration between local institutions and enables efficient and cost-effective preservation actions.
A digital preservation assessment evaluates how well an institution is preserving its digital materials and suggests next steps for improved long-term access to digital collections.
NEDCC Preservation Specialists provide consultation services on many preservation issues. Please contact the Center to discuss a customized consultation. Some of the most popular include:
Read about the experience and qualifications of the NEDCC Preservation Services Staff.
Complete information about how to work with NEDCC on a collection assessment, visit: Working with NEDCC on Preservation Assessments or download a printable Assessment Fact Sheet, to share with administration or planning teams. Learn more about the Benefits of Assessments.
Ann Marie Willer, Director of Preservation Services
(978) 470-1010 ext. 223