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NEDCC Publications

NEDCC’s publications are internationally recognized as a valuable source of information. The publications assist institutions in planning for the preservation of their collections by providing the building blocks necessary to develop a preservation plan for library and archival materials, training for collections care and maintenance, and guidance for creating and managing digital assets.

Preservation Leaflets

Printable Preservation Leaflets with information on a wide variety of preservation topics and links to additional resources. The leaflets may be downloaded at no cost. The Leaflets are updated on a rolling basis. View Online Leaflets.

Digital Preservation Assessment Handbook

A handbook that provides a framework and templates for all components of a digital preservation assessment. Intended for use by cultural heritage consultants and professionals who provide preservation assessment services, this resource was launched in 2019 as one of the products of a Preservation and Access Education and Training grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. View Online Version and accompanying templates: Assessment One-Pager, Pre-Visit Questionnaire, and Assessment Report.

Digital Preservation Peer Assessment

A workbook that guides two or more institutions in a conversation about digital preservation--successes, obstacles to growth, and next steps for improved long-term access to digital collections. This resource was launched in 2019 as one of the products of a Preservation and Access Education and Training grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Fundamentals of AV Preservation

The content of the Fundamentals of AV Preservation textbook was created in 2017 by AVP staff members and edited by NEDCC staff members with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2017.
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Preservation 101

A free textbook that accompanies NEDCC’s Preservation 101 online course and that can also be used for self-paced study, 2015.
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Preservation Education Curriculum – An Introduction to Preservation

A ready-to-use curriculum designed for Masters of Library Science Programs, 2008

Digital Preservation Policy Template

A template that leads the user through the steps of writing an outline of a preservation policy, 2007.
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Digital Stewardship Questionnaire

The Questionnaire helps an institution examine the current status of its digital collections care, 2007.
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Planning for Digital Preservation: 20 Questions for Providers of Digital Storage Services

By Bernard Reilly, President, Center for Research Libraries, 2007

Questions based on Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification (TRAC): Criteria and Checklist, version 1.0 (, and additional metrics developed by the Center for Research Libraries for trusted digital repositories.
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Planning for Digital Preservation: A Self-Assessment Tool

by Liz Bishoff, The Bishoff Group and Erin Rhodes, Consultant, 2007

A tool that helps institutions better understand their preservation needs and plan for digital preservation.
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Assessing Preservation Needs: A Self-Survey Guide

Beth Patkus, 2003

A step-by-step guide to surveying an institution’s collections, designed for small to medium-sized institutions with limited budgets and minimal preservation knowledge.
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Handbook for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation and Access

Edited by Maxine K. Sitts First Edition, 2000

An easy-to-use primer on managing digital conversion projects for libraries, museums, archives, and other collection-holding institutions.
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Preservation of Library and Archival Materials: A Manual (PLAM)

3rd edition, 1999 – Out of Print. Superseded by the NEDCC Preservation Leaflets.
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2nd edition, 1994 – Out of Print. Available in Spanish from the Biblioteca Nacional de Venezuela.
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