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This semester-long course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of library and archives preservation. It is designed to focus on broad concepts that can be adapted to suit individual teachers’ needs. Topics may be expanded or modified depending on the emphasis of the given course.

As an introductory course, students will become acquainted with the nature and deterioration of library and archival materials, collections care, analog and digital reformatting, conservation, disaster planning, and issues in digital preservation by considering real-life examples and studying professional literature.

This is not a preservation management course, but after completion students will be prepared for more advanced preservation-related classes. This curriculum is aligned with the revisions to the ALCTS Educational Policy Statement developed at the ALCTS/PARS Preservation Instruction, Education and Outreach Discussion Group meeting at the 2005 ALA Midwinter meeting in Boston.