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Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections


The Preservation 101 course is an interactive online course designed to introduce preservation topics such as environmental management, deterioration of materials, and emergency preparedness. A series of 10 webinars builds on self-paced study between sessions, using assigned readings and other resources to supplement the “classroom” discussions. The new course features expanded coverage of audiovisual and digital formats.

The course uses NEDCC’s free online resource Preservation 101 as its textbook, with expanded resources and assignments. The course prepares participants to complete a preservation needs assessment, and offers structured guidance on developing an institutional disaster plan. An instructor provides lesson plans and feedback on tasks throughout the course, although explicit homework is not assigned.

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. Participants will have access to webinar recordings and additional tools while engaging in a weekly dialogue with the instructor and fellow students. Weekly lectures are recorded so participants can review the content at their convenience.

Class Dates and Topics:

08/09/2018  Session 1:  Introduction to Preservation
08/16/2018  Session 2 : The Building and Environment
08/23/2018  Session 3:  Caring for Collections
08/30/2018  Session 4:  Caring for Paper Collections
09/06/2018  Session 5:  Care and Handling of Photographs
09/13/2018  Session 6:  Media Collections
09/20/2018  Session 7:  Reformatting and Digitization
09/27/2018  Session 8:  Emergency Preparedness
10/04/2018  Session 9:  Building a Preservation Program
10/11/2018  Session 10: The Preservation Assessment Review

Meeting times are 2pm-4pm ET (Eastern Time)


  • 10 live webinars led by a NEDCC Preservation Specialist
  • Introduction to care and  handling of paper, photograph, audiovisual, and digital collections, including reformatting and conservation options
  • Guided introduction to assessing your collection for preservation concerns, and identifying priorities
  • Examination of key causes of deterioration in archival, library, and museum collections
  • Opportunity to share experiences and concerns with other participants through online discussions
  • Dozens of supplementary resources to help guide your preservation planning
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 20 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 projects
  • Town clerks, county commissioners, and other municipal records holders
  • Corporate archivists and records managers in need of preservation training
  • Students or graduates of library and information science

Cost: $650 Regular rate

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

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2018

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.


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.