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Revised and ExpandeD!


We are pleased to announce a newly revised textbook for Preservation 101. This free online resource provides a basic introduction to the concepts and standards used to build an effective preservation program, and includes discussion of preservation policies, building and environment, care and handling of collection materials, reformatting, emergency preparedness, and conservation practices.

This newly revised edition includes expanded information on caring for audiovisual collections, digital preservation and copyright, and emergency management. The textbook includes activities and readings designed to aid institutions and private individuals performing their own preservation planning. The Preservation 101 course has a long history as an authoritative and succinct reference for professionals, students, and individuals.

The Preservation 101 textbook is the foundation for NEDCC’s annual online course in general preservation concepts, conducted via live webinar and other online resources (see below).


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The Preservation 101 course is designed to provide a foundation for effective collections stewardship by guiding participants through preservation topics such as environmental management, deterioration of materials, and emergency preparedness.  The course prepares participants to complete a preservation needs assessment and provides structured guidance on developing an institutional disaster plan.

Preservation 101 is available in two online formats: as a free, self-guided textbook, and as a paid course led by an instructor with activities and participant interaction.  The facilitated version is updated frequently to include new research and standards for preservation practices.

The facilitated version of Preservation 101 is an interactive online course. A series of 10 live webinars builds on self-paced study between sessions, using assigned readings and other resources to supplement the “classroom” discussions.  The instructor provides lesson plans and feedback on assignments. Participants will have access to webinar recordings and additional tools, while engaging in weekly dialogue with the instructor and fellow participants.

Revised and updated for the 2015 session, the course uses the free online version of Preservation 101 as its textbook, adding expanded resources and assignments, interactive discussions and activities, and new content covering audiovisual and digital formats as well as digital preservation. Putting theory into practice, participants will develop recommendations for improvements that can be made within their institution, and can use these recommendations to build a long-range preservation plan.

Benefits of Preservation 101, The Instructor-led Course

  • 10 live webinars led by a preservation specialist, who provides weekly lectures and oversees the online forum.
  • 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 20 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) through The Academy of Certified Archivists.
  • Classes begin February 12, 2015, and are held every other Thursday through June 18, 2015.  Meeting times are 2pm-4pm ET.

Who Should Attend?

  • Staff of cultural heritage institutions who have taken on a preservation role; who are prioritizing preservation activities; or who are advocating for larger preservation projects
  • Town, municipal, or county records keepers
  • Corporate archivists
  • Students or graduates of library and information science or museum studies programs

Cost: $650 Regular rate
         $500 Student rate (limited space available; copy of current student ID is required)

Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections was developed with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Designed as an introductory course, it grounds participants in the theory and practice of preserving library and archival collections.


Contact: Eva Grizzard, NEDCC Preservation Specialist,, 978-470-1010 ext. 224