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Fundamentals of AV Preservation

The Fundamentals of AV Preservation course was developed by AVPreserve and NEDCC and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The course includes a free online textbook with an instructor-led option once a year. The course covers core topics in caring for and reformatting audiovisual collections that prepare participants to be effective collections stewards for audiovisual materials. The textbook can be used as a free self-paced course at any time.

The online course includes these topics:

Session 1: Introduction to AV Preservation Challenges
Session 2: Care and Handling of Physical Carriers
Session 3: Collection Inventory and Assessment
Session 4: Reformatting
Session 5: Managing Digital AV Collections
Session 6: Disaster Recovery for AV Collections





This course gives participants the foundation needed to be effective collections stewards for audiovisual materials. Over 6 sessions, this course covers risks to audiovisual materials; care and handling; inventory and assessment; planning, preparing, and implementing reformatting projects; managing digital audiovisual collections; and disaster preparedness and response. Fundamentals of Audiovisual Preservation provides participants with information they need to create inventories of audiovisual holdings, to develop a reformatting timeline for priority materials, and to outline a Statement of Work. 

Online Instructor-Led Course Option

During the online instructor-led course option, the instructor provides feedback on tasks throughout the course and helps guide participants in the creation of an audiovisual collection inventory, a salvage plan for audiovisual materials, and a Statement of Work for audiovisual collection reformatting. While these three final assignments are optional, completion of these assignments is required for those who wish to receive a Certificate of Completion and for eligible Certified Archivists who wish to earn Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs). 


  • 6 live webinars led by an NEDCC Preservation Specialist
  • Introduce concepts and practices of preserving audiovisual materials
  • Provide practical experience identifying, prioritizing, and planning for specific audiovisual formats
  • Opportunity to share experiences and concerns with other participants through online discussions
  • Dozens of supplementary resources to help guide your audiovisual preservation planning
  • Certificate of Completion (for participants who turn in the three final assignments)
  • Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists and who complete the final assignments earn 25 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Who should attend?

  • Staff and volunteers at cultural heritage institutions who are responsible for preservation and access for audiovisual collections
  • Corporate archivists and records managers responsible for audiovisual collections
  • Students or graduates of library and information science

Cost:  $375 Regular rate
           $280 Student rate (limited space available; copy of current student ID is required)

Registration Policies

  • Early registration is strongly recommended due to limited capacity
  • Registration will close on the deadline date or earlier if the class becomes fully enrolled.
  • Your registration will be confirmed after your credit card is processed, so please do not consider yourself registered until you receive a confirmation from NEDCC.
  • If you need to cancel your registration, the registration fee will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee when cancellation is made at least 48 hours before the start of the program.
  • Webinars are recorded and are available for participants to view for a period of six months following the live session.


Contact: [email protected]



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