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Education is key to NEDCC’s mission. NEDCC's Preservation Services staff and conservators offer a variety of programs each year to help cultural institutions and individuals preserve their valuable collections. NEDCC provides several types of course offerings to suit the needs and schedules of potential participants. These include one-hour "Brown Bag" webinars, two-hour webinars, in-person workshops, and a webinar course. Workshops may be held at NEDCC or hosted by an outside institution.

Before registering for a webinar session we recommend that you review and test your connection to Adobe Connect, the online educational software used for teaching, to ensure that you will be able to run the program successfully.

Connection Test: http://nedcc.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Quick Guide to Adobe Connect: https://seminars.adobeconnect.com/_a227210/vqs-participants/

To listen to the webinar session you will need earplugs, a headset, or speakers that connect to your computer. Be sure to test your audio connection in advance.

Please note that all webinars are presented live on Eastern Standard Time and instructions to access each session will be sent the day before the class.

To view a monthly calendar of events see our Training Calendar.

Programs 

October 24, 2017

AMIA Continuing Education: The Fundamentals of Copyright (Session 1)

course

1:00pm – 2:30pm
$75
Registration deadline: October 23, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Hope O'Keeffe, Associate General Counsel, Library of Congress
Location: Live Webinar

 All too often researchers look to archivists and librarians for information regarding complex copyright law and fair use policies. This two-part webinar course aims to arm library and information professionals with a working knowledge of concepts relating to copyright and intellectual property, specifically as they relate to audiovisual collections, which present particular challenges. The webinar will begin at an introductory level—offering a basic discussion of copyright law, the public domain, and the implications for collections. The second webinar will be a “deep dive” into some of the broad concepts that are presented in Session 1. Issues such as creator and transfer rights and open access will be addressed. No previous knowledge of copyright law is required. Session 1 will be taught by Hope O’Keeffe, Associate General Counsel at the Library of Congress and Session 2 will be taught by Greg Cram, Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at the New York Public Library.

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October 25, 2017

Concepts of AV Preservation

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: October 24, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Frances Harrell, Senior Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

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October 26, 2017

AMIA Continuing Education: The Fundamentals of Copyright (Session 2)

course

1:00pm – 2:30pm
$75
Registration deadline: October 25, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Greg Cram, Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy, New York Public Library
Location: Live Webinar

 All too often researchers look to archivists and librarians for information regarding complex copyright law and fair use policies. This two-part webinar course aims to arm library and information professionals with a working knowledge of concepts relating to copyright and intellectual property, specifically as they relate to audiovisual collections, which present particular challenges. The webinar will begin at an introductory level—offering a basic discussion of copyright law, the public domain, and the implications for collections. The second webinar will be a “deep dive” into some of the broad concepts that are presented in Session 1. Issues such as creator and transfer rights and open access will be addressed. No previous knowledge of copyright law is required. Session 1 will be taught by Hope O’Keeffe, Associate General Counsel at the Library of Congress and Session 2 will be taught by Greg Cram, Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at the New York Public Library.

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November 2, 2017

AMIA Continuing Education: Storage of Audiovisual Collections

course

1:00pm – 2:30pm
$75
Registration deadline: November 1, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Jean-Louis Bigourdan, Senior Research Scientist, Image Permanence Institute
Location: Live Webinar

Many audiovisual and moving image collections are at risk due to their material instability and the ever-growing issue of technological obsolescence. While reformatting is a valuable tool for both preservation and access, preserving the original objects nevertheless remains important.  Perhaps the most important action that archivists can take to guarantee the long-term preservation of audiovisual objects is to ensure that they are held in the proper storage conditions. This webinar provides an introduction and overview of best storage practices. It will identify appropriate packing and storage containers and include a detailed discussion of proper environmental standards. Formats covered during the webinar will include magnetic tape, motion picture film, and photographs. It is suitable for both new and experienced professionals and will be taught by Jean-Louis Bigourdan, Senior Research Scientist at the Image Permanence Institute.

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November 7, 2017

Caring for Photographic Collections

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95
Registration deadline: November 6, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Danielle Spalenka, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

From daguerreotype portraits to poster-sized panoramas, photographs are an integral part of many archival collections.  This webinar provides an introduction to the preservation of photographs, focusing on photographic prints and including a discussion of identification, deterioration, and conservation treatment.

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November 8, 2017

Digitizing Photographic Collections

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: November 7, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: David Joyall, Senior Photographer, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

Following the previous webinar introducing photograph preservation, this session provides an overview of digitizing photographs. Digitized photographic collections can foster research and engage users, but a one-size-fits-all approach to reformatting will not provide the best results for all photographic formats . This one-hour webinar covers methods for prioritizing materials for reformatting based upon equipment needs, addresses the benefits and drawbacks of various digitization methods, and presents considerations related to file formats and resolution to assist you in choosing an approach that is right for your project.

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November 14, 2017

Digital Preservation Tools

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: November 13, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Danielle Spalenka, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC and Frances Harrell, Senior Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

There are dozens of different digital preservation tools and services available today, so how to decide what will work at your institution? This one-hour webinar will provide a brief overview of a small list of selected digital preservation tools by describing their basic functionalities. The selected tools are aimed at institutions who have limited resources. Participants should have a basic understanding of digital preservation and the need for using these tools in their workflows.

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November 15, 2017

Caring for Rare Books

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: November 14, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Todd Pattison, Senior Book Conservator, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

Many libraries and private collections have selections of rare books, valuable works with unique bindings and delicate pages.  This webinar will introduce the issues of maintaining these types of collections, including the nature of materials, agents of deterioration, safe handling and storage practices, and protective enclosures available for your more fragile items.  Resources and related organizations in the field will be included.

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December 5, 2017

Fundamentals of AV Preservation (6 Webinars)

course

2:00pm – 4:00pm
$390
Registration deadline: December 1, 2017
Maximum class size: 30
Instructor: Danielle Spalenka and Sean Ferguson, Preservation Specialists, NEDCC
Location: 6 Live Webinars

The Instructor-led Fundamentals of Audiovisual Preservation course give 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. The six live webinars supplement the online course textbook, which is available for self-guided study.

Class Dates:

12/05/2017 - Session 1
12/12/2017 - Session 2
12/19/2017 - Session 3
01/09/2018 - Session 4
01/16/2018 - Session 5
01/23/2018 - Session 6

 

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December 6, 2017

Caring for Architectural Records

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: December 5, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Claire Grund, Associate Conservator, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

Oversized items proliferate in historic collections, as well as in the records of municipal and business organizations. They are found rolled in boxes, loose in drawers, and folded in files. The size of these records pose challenges to handling and storage, and the materials and processes used in various modes of production complicate preservation. This webinar will present characteristics of oversized architectural records, address both ideal and practical solutions for storage, and prepare you for proper care and handling so that these materials in your collection remain usable for as long as possible.

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January 11, 2018

Preservation 101 (10 Sessions) January 11 - March 22

course

2:00pm – 4:00pm
$650
Student fee: $500 (Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org)
Registration deadline: January 2, 2018
Maximum class size: 27
Instructor: Sean Ferguson, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: 10 Live Webinars

The Instructor-led Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections course gives participants the foundation needed to be effective collections stewards. This comprehensive introduction prepares participants to complete a preservation needs assessment and provides structured guidance on developing an institutional disaster plan. Revised and updated, the course uses the free online version of Preservation 101 as its textbook, adding expanded resources and assignments, interactive discussions, and new content covering audiovisual and digital formats and digital preservation. Putting theory into practice, participants will develop recommendations for improvement and a long-range preservation plan.

Preservation 101 is a hybrid course. A series of ten live webinars builds on self-paced study through assigned readings. Feedback will be provided by the instructor. The webinars are interactive, and are supported by NEDCC’s Preservation 101 Education Classroom. Participants will have access to webinar recordings, readings, and additional resources, and can communicate with the instructor and fellow participants.

01/11/2018  Preservation 101 #1
01/18/2018  Preservation 101 #2
01/25/2018  Preservation 101 #3
02/01/2018  Preservation 101 #4
02/08/2018  Preservation 101 #5
02/15/2018  Preservation 101 #6
02/22/2018  Preservation 101 #7
03/01/2018  Preservation 101 #8
03/08/2018  Preservation 101 #9
03/22/2018  Preservation 101 #10

 Meeting times are 2pm-4pm ET

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January 30, 2018

Collections Security

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (January 9, 2018)
Registration deadline: January 29, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live Webinar

Providing access to collections and mounting exhibits are great ways to expand the reach and impact of your collections, but also come with inherent security risks. This webinar will explore the nature of these security risks; provide guidance for assessing your building, reading room, and storage spaces; and cover basic policies that help protect your collection from theft and vandalism.

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February 6, 2018

Caring for Scrapbooks

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (January 16, 2018)
Registration deadline: February 5, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Sean Ferguson, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

Scrapbooks are unique artifacts that often represent personal moments alongside local and national history. The variety of records and materials included along with the myriad methods of fastening items into a scrapbook pose significant preservation challenges. This webinar will cover the issues to consider in providing the best level of care for scrapbook collections, and will introduce the structure of scrapbooks, types of materials commonly found in them, methods of attachment, and the implications for preservation and conservation. Low-cost, in-house preservation approaches are discussed.

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February 7, 2018

Digitizing Scrapbooks

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: February 6, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live Webinar

Following the previous webinar introducing scrapbook preservation, this session provides an overview of digitizing scrapbooks, photo albums, and other unique bound items. Selecting, preparing, and imaging scrapbooks requires careful planning and the right equipment. Scrapbooks often include fragile binding, adhesives, and folded or tucked-in elements that require careful handling during the digitization process. This one-hour webinar addresses the benefits and drawbacks of various digitization methods, as well considerations related to file formats and resolution, in order to help you decide on an approach that is right for your project.

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February 13, 2018

Preservation Reference Desk: Caring for Family Treasures

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (January 23, 2018)
Registration deadline: February 12, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Sean Ferguson, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Online Webinar

The Preservation Reference Desk series will enable you to provide basic answers for the public’s most common preservation questions. Register for this series if you work at a reference desk, frequently answer questions from the public, or if you will be celebrating Preservation Week or have other preservation-related programming coming up at your institution. The Family Treasures webinar will provide information about preservation of family papers, photos, books, and other materials for future generations. You will learn about resources to help the public display, store, and care for their family collections. (Private and family collectors are welcome!)

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February 20, 2018

Preservation Reference Desk: Personal Digital Archiving

webinar

$95 / $75 early-bird registration (January 30, 2018)
Registration deadline: February 19, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Sean Ferguson, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Online Webinar

The Preservation Reference Desk series will enable you to provide basic answers for the public’s most common preservation questions. Register for this series if you work at a reference desk, frequently answer questions from the public, or if you will be celebrating Preservation Week or have other preservation-related programming coming up at your institution. The Personal Digital Archiving webinar will offer guidance and resources about preserving  our “digital lives” – after all, digital files are today’s scrapbooks and personal collections. These digital assets represent a significant investment in both time and resources, and are often more fragile than we realize. This webinar will prepare you to answer basic questions about preserving emails, photos, videos, and text messages. (Individuals interested in preserving their digital materials are welcome!)

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February 21, 2018

Writing Your Preservation Assistance Grant

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Free
Registration deadline: February 20, 2018
Maximum class size: 95
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live Webinar

This webinar covers the issues that should be considered when preparing to submit an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant.  Emphasis will be on preparing the grant narrative, making the case for your project, getting requisite information from consultants, and putting together a good budget.

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February 23, 2018

Writing Your Preservation Assistance Grant

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Free
Registration deadline: February 22, 2018
Maximum class size: 95
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live Webinar

This webinar covers the issues that should be considered when preparing to submit an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant.  Emphasis will be on preparing the grant narrative, making the case for your project, getting requisite information from consultants, and putting together a good budget.

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February 27, 2018

Preservation Reference Desk: Creating Scrapbooks That Last

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (February 6, 2018)
Registration deadline: February 26, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Sean Ferguson, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Online Webinar

The Preservation Reference Desk series will enable you to provide basic answers for the public’s most common preservation questions. Register for this series if you work at a reference desk, frequently answer questions from the public, or if you will be celebrating Preservation Week or have other preservation-related programming coming up at your institution. Scrapbooks are unique artifacts that represent personal and historical records, but often include a mix of materials and formats that present a range of preservation issues. This webinar will introduce archival materials and resources that can be used to construct stronger, more durable scrapbooks that can withstand the test of time.  Preservation suppliers, archival binding methods, and other resources will be discussed. (Individuals interested in creating their own scrapbooks are welcome!)

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March 13, 2018

Caring for Paper-based Collections

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (February 20, 2018)
Registration deadline: March 12, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live Webinar

An introduction to the preservation of paper-based collections, this webinar focuses on books, documents, photographs, and works of art on paper.  It will include information on paper manufacture, deterioration, and proper storage.  Also discussed are inks and colorants, adhesives, and image layers.

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April 10, 2018

Understanding Your Collections Environment

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: April 9, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Frances Harrell, Senior Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

Intro to broad risks, the many environments your collections move through and related concerns.

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April 11, 2018

Improving Your Collections Environment

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (March 21, 2018)
Registration deadline: April 10, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Frances Harrell, Senior Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar



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April 12, 2018

Coping with Pests and Mold

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (March 22, 2018)
Registration deadline: April 11, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Frances Harrell, Senior Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

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May 2, 2018

Writing a Disaster Plan (2 Sessions)

course

2:00pm – 4:00pm
$200 / $150 early-bird registration (April 11, 2018)
Registration deadline: May 1, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live Online

Part 1 - May 2, 2018
Part 2 - May 17, 2018

A disaster plan is an integral component of effective collections stewardship, but preparation of a plan can be daunting. This two session course will be an in-depth coverage of risk assessment and steps involved in creating a disaster plan.  The first session webinar introduces the central elements of emergency preparedness and explores ways to identify internal and external hazards in order to assess and mitigate the risks they pose. Natural, industrial, technological, building, and human hazards will be examined for mitigation and planning purposes. The second session will cover parts of a disaster plan, updating the plan, and training methods. Following the course, NEDCC will review and provide feedback on draft disaster plans submitted by participants.

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Registration Information

"Brown Bag"Webinars:  $45 per person
Webinars: $95 per person ($75 Early-bird rate)
Courses: prices vary for each course
Workshops: prices vary for each workshop program

PLEASE NOTE: Listed rates are for individual registrants.

Discounts

If you are registering more than one person for a webinar session, you may be eligible for the following discounts:

2-7 Participants - 10% Discount
8 or more Participants - $500 Fixed Rate

When registering, click the "DISCOUNT" link next to the webinar session. For groups of 2-7 participants, please provide the number of attendees, their name, and if they are viewing the webinar individually, their email address.

For groups of 8 or more participants, please provide an approximate number of attendees. Webinar instructions will be sent to the primary registrant's email address.

Please note that discounts are not offered on the following programs:
AMIA classes

Fundamentals of AV Preservation online course
Preservation 101 online course
Writing a Disaster Plan online course
All workshops

Registration Policies

  • Early registration is strongly recommended due to limited capacity in each webinar and workshop. See registration deadlines for each class.
  • 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 webinar or workshop 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.

Questions about program content?

Contact:
Ann Marie Willer
amwiller@nedcc.org 
978-470-1010, ext. 223

Questions about registration?
Contact:
Kim O’Leary
koleary@nedcc.org
978-470-1010, ext. 226


NEDCC is grateful for support from the National Endowment for the Humanities for its training programs, outreach activities, and web resources.

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