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Current Training Programs

In addition to the upcoming and on-demand programs listed below, NEDCC can customize programs to meet the interests and training needs of your institution and region. See About Preservation Training at NEDCC for more information about customized training programs. Questions about program content? Need accommodation for hearing or visual differences? Contact [email protected] or 978-470-1010.

Please note the registration deadline and register early! These programs can fill up quickly. Webinars are recorded and are available for participants to view for a period of three months following the live session.

Some organizations and state agencies provide scholarship funding for NEDCC's training programs, such as the Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Network (DPOE-N). Contact them directly for details.

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists can earn Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists for many of our programs.

 

Scheduled Programs

On Demand Programs

Registration Fees and Policies

Payment Options

Technical Information

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS 

Date and Time Program Name Registration Fee
for Each
Individual
Feb 27, 2024
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Digitizing Scrapbooks

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: February 25, 2024
Maximum class size: 300
Instructor: David Joyall, Senior Collections Photographer, NEDCC
Location: online

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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$45
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

REGISTRATION IS
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WEBINAR.

Feb 29, 2024
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Preservation 101 (10 sessions)

Facilitated course

Registration deadline: February 27, 2024
Maximum class size: 25
Instructor: Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: online

2/29/24 Session 1: Intro to Preservation
3/7/24 Session 2: Building an Environment 
3/14/24 Session 3: Caring for Collections
3/21/24 Session 4: Caring for Paper Collections 
3/28/24 Session 5: Caring and Handling of Photograph 
4/4/24 Session 6: Media Collections 
4/11/24 Session 7: Reformatting and Digitization 
4/18/24 Session 8: Emergency Preparedness
5/2/24 Session 9: Building a Preservation Program 
5/9/24 Session 10: Preservation Assessment Review

 

The Preservation 101 course is an interactive online course designed to introduce preservation topics such as environmental management, deterioration of materials, emergency preparedness, and preservation of paper-based, audiovisual, and digital formats. The course prepares participants to complete a preservation needs assessment and offers structured guidance on developing an institutional disaster plan. A series of 10 live, instructor-led webinars builds on self-paced study between sessions, using assigned readings and other resources to supplement the “classroom” discussions. 

 

 

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$650
Student fee: $500
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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Mar 12, 2024
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Handling Book and Paper-Based Collections: A Primer For Staff, Interns, & Volunteers

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: March 10, 2024
Maximum class size: 300
Instructor: Bexx Caswell-Olson, Director of Book Conservation, NEDCC
Location: online
As stewards of our historic resources and cultural heritage materials, we are responsible for the long-term preservation of our collections materials. But how to handle different types or materials can be confusing. Unsure about when to wear gloves? Need to know more about how to use book cradles and how to handle fragile materials? The best way to shelve bound volumes or store maps?
 
Using a relaxed and straightforward approach, Bexx Caswell-Olson will guide you through proper care and handling techniques for a wide variety of collections materials including documents, works of art on paper, maps, photographs, and bound volumes. This webinar is great for anyone new to handling rare/fragile materials and for anyone in need of a quick refresher.

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$45
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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Mar 19, 2024
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

FADGI Demystified

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: March 17, 2024
Maximum class size: 300
Instructor: Terrance D’Ambrosio, Director of Imaging Services, NEDCC
Location: online

Have you heard the word "fad-gee” used in reference to a digitization project but unsure what it meant? Or are you an old pro when it comes to digitization guidelines but interested in hearing more about their application and implementation? This new webinar will provide both an introduction to and a critical engagement with the Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials (2016), published by the Still Image Working Group - aka FADGI. The webinar will begin with a history of image quality standards and guidelines in the US and abroad. It will then proceed to consider the intentions behind standards-based digitization and the specific aspects of image quality of concern. Finally the intended application and practical implementation of FADGI will be discussed, considering both the advantages and disadvantages of strict adherence to standards-based workflows. Please note that while technical standards are the subject of discussion, the webinar is designed for audience members of varying backgrounds and skill levels.

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$45
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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Mar 26, 2024
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Introduction to Audio Preservation

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: March 24, 2024
Maximum class size: 300
Instructor: Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: online

This webinar introduces participants to issues in audio preservation, beginning with an overview of common formats and their preservation risks. The instructor will describe basic care and handling techniques, briefly discuss reformatting-as-preservation, and share tools for format identification, inventory, and storage. Note that many of these concepts apply to moving image collections as well. Participants will gain a solid understanding of how to devise next steps for their audio collections and where to find more information.

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$45
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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Mar 27, 2024
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Overview of dPLan|ArtsReady

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: March 25, 2024
Maximum class size: 300
Instructor: Jesse Keel, Associate Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: online
This basic overview will provide libraries with a brief introduction to risk assessment and a look at the primary tools and capabilities of dPLan|ArtsReady. The presentation will be followed by an extended Q&A session.

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Free
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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Apr 9, 2024
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Managing Moving Image Collections

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: April 7, 2024
Maximum class size: 300
Instructor: Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: online

This webinar introduces participants to concepts that will facilitate the care and management of moving image collections. The instructor will discuss common film formats and their preservation risks, as well as introduce tools for film identification and assessment. Participants will gain a solid understanding of how to devise next steps for their moving image collections and where to find more information.

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$45
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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Apr 30, 2024
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Writing Grants for Audio Preservation and Reformatting

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: April 28, 2024
Maximum class size: 300
Instructor: Bryce Roe, Director of Audio Preservation Services, NEDCC
Location: online

Audio collections are at a high-risk of loss due to the relatively short lifespan of their carriers and dependence on obsolete media for playback, but reformatting is a challenging and technical process, which can require the involvement of vendors whose services might be difficult to afford without outside funding. This webinar will introduce participants to a variety of grants that fund audio preservation and reformatting activities and offer guidance on selecting a grant-worthy project for their institution. Director of Audio Preservation Bryce Roe will also walk participants through each major section of a grant with tips and advice for preparing a successful application.

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Free
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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May 7, 2024
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

No Budget Preservation Tips

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: May 5, 2024
Maximum class size: 300
Instructor: Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: online

Preservation is an underlying responsibility of any collections caretaker, whether you are an archivist, a public librarian, a family collector, or anyone in between. Preservation has a lot to do with knowing your collections and prioritizing the materials that need the most help to survive. This webinar will discuss methods and projects that require no additional funding or supplies, including collection management, storage environment assessment, care and handling practices, and emergency preparedness.

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Free
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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May 23, 2024
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Digitization: Planning for Success

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: May 21, 2024
Maximum class size: 300
Instructor: Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: online

This session covers digitization project stages; selection criteria for converting paper, audio, video, and film collections; and handling considerations for vulnerable media across these format categories. How existing descriptive metadata and available institutional resources factor into conversion planning will also be covered. Learning goals for this webinar include understanding how to outline a conversion project plan, evaluate collections for conversion, and articulate special requirements for unique media.

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$95
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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Jun 4, 2024
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Surface Cleaning Techniques for Paper-Based Materials

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: May 24, 2024
Maximum class size: 300
Instructor: Bexx Caswell-Olson, Director of Book Conservation, NEDCC
Location: online
When registering be sure to provide the appropriate address for supply kit mailing. PLEASE NOTE: Supply kits can only be mailed within the Continental United States. 
 
In this 1-hour “hands on” webinar, participants will learn about various surface cleaning methods that can be safely used to clean books and paper. Using a combination of lecture and live demonstration, the pros and cons and appropriate application of each method will be discussed. Each participant will receive a supply kit in the mail and will have the opportunity to participate in a unique hands-on experience. This class is appropriate for anyone responsible for the care of paper-based collections – no previous conservation experience is necessary. The registration fee includes supply kit and shipping.
 
Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.
 
 

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$70
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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Jun 6, 2024
Day 1:
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Day 2:
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Writing a Disaster Plan (2 sessions)

Facilitated course

Registration deadline: June 4, 2024
Maximum class size: 300
Instructor: Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: online
Part 1: June 6, 2024
Part 2: June 13, 2024
Who should attend: Anyone who wants to write a disaster plan for their organization or have NEDCC review their current disaster plan
Having a disaster plan is an important part of collections stewardship. This two-part course empowers participants to complete the critical stages of becoming more prepared for the unexpected.
 
Part 1 of 2 guides participants through the prerequisite stage of writing a disaster plan: conducting a comprehensive risk assessment that identifies and evaluates potential threats based on an organization’s region, building, collections, and history.
Part 2 of 2 walks participants through the elements of writing a disaster plan, including forming a response team, creating salvage priorities, putting together a supplies kit, drafting salvage procedures, and making floor plans.
Participants will finish this two-part series with a method for risk assessment and a disaster plan template having all the knowledge necessary to move forward with the planning process.
At the end of the series, participants can share their organization’s disaster plan with the instructor for feedback and review.

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$200
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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Jun 11, 2024
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Digital Preservation Storage 101

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: June 9, 2024
Maximum class size: 300
Instructor: Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: online

Providing the right kind of storage with the right number of copies for your digital files can make the difference between losing and saving your organization's digital cultural heritage. If you are completely new to digital preservation storage, or simply need a refresher or tips for how to work with your IT department, this webinar will help you improve storage at your institution. The instructor will cover requirements for storage environments as well as several affordable and scalable options to meet small and mid-size organization's needs for storage.

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$45
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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On Demand Programs

Original
Broadcast
Date
Program Name Registration Fee
for Each
Individual

Free Available any time!

NEDCC Preservation Training Videos

Maximum class size: 500

Visit NEDCC's YouTube Channel for Free Training Videos, Conservation Shorts, and more. You’ll find the playlist of free preservation training videos at https://www.nedcc.org/preservationvideos 

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Free
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

WATCH

Paid

Oct 26, 2023

Moving and Renovation: Collections Concerns

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Jesse Keel, Associate Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Webinar Recording

 

Renovation and construction projects in your facility can present significant risks to your collections. In this webinar, you will learn the most common risks for collections, risks for personnel, strategies for risk mitigation, and issues with temporary storage.

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 2 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Duration: 2 hrs.

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$70
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

PURCHASE

Jun 22, 2021

Building an Easy Digital Preservation Workflow with Small Tools

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Ann Marie Willer, Director of Preservation Services, NEDCC
Location: Webinar recording


PLEASE NOTE:
 
After purchase allow 24-48 hours to receive a login and password to access this webinar session. 

 
Ready to move from theory to practice with digital preservation at your institution? This webinar shows attendees an example digital preservation workflow. Participants will learn about the preservation activities that the workflow supports and receive a step-by-step demonstration of the workflow in action. Tools include DataAccessioner, Fixity by AVP, and Exactly by AVP. (Note that some of these tools are no longer free or supported, so this webinar recording is offered at a discounted rate.)
 
Duration: 2 hours

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$35
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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May 25, 2021

Salvaging Damaged Books, Paper, and AV Collections

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Annie Matthys, former Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Webinar Recording
 
PLEASE NOTE: After purchase allow 24-48 hours to receive a login and password to access this webinar session. 
 
Disasters in or around our institutions can lead to loss in cultural heritage collections. While preventing and planning for disasters are important pieces of an overall preservation strategy, there may come a time when you need to recover your collections following an incident. This webinar covers strategies for prioritizing and triaging your collections for recovery, as well as techniques for salvaging books, works on paper, and audiovisual materials.
 
Duration: 2 hours

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$70
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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May 11, 2021

In Perpetuity: Tips for Municipal Clerks and Government Agencies

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Annie Matthys, former Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Webinar Recording
 
PLEASE NOTE: After purchase allow 24-48 hours to receive a login and password to access this webinar session. 

Town, municipal, and county clerks care for historic ledgers, documents, and other records, while fulfilling everyday responsibilities to the community. By applying the preservation practices in this training webinar, municipal records holders can make the best decisions for the care and handling of their records today, while ensuring that they will be accessible for future generations. The methods and goals discussed in this webinar will help take the worry out of your responsibilities to your records.

 

Duration: 1.5 hours

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$50
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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Mar 24, 2020

Diving Deeper with Digital Preservation Tools Using the Command Line

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Sean Ferguson, former Associate Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Webinar Recording


PLEASE NOTE: After purchase allow 24-48 hours to receive a login and password to access this webinar session. 
 

Most digital preservation software uses free, smaller tools that run on the command line. This webinar introduces attendees to Windows command line tools, including ROBOCOPY, MD5DEEP, FIDO, EXIFTOOL, and BagIt. Participants will receive an introduction to the command line and a demonstration of these tools in a workflow that breaks down the steps most digital preservation software automates for you. Watch this webinar if you want to learn more about the command line, gain a deeper practical understanding of digital preservation activities, and make more informed decisions about the workflows you build. Watch Building an Easy Digital Preservation Workflow with Small Tools to learn how to use more free digital preservation tools and build your workflow.

Duration: 2 hours

 

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$70
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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Jan 17, 2019

Caring for Architectural Records

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Claire Grund, former Paper Conservator, NEDCC
Location: Webinar Recording
 
PLEASE NOTE: After purchase allow 24-48 hours to receive a login and password to access this webinar session.  
 

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.

Duration: 1 hour 

 

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$35
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to [email protected]

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Registration fees and policies

Registration fees

Fees are for individual registrants.

One-hour webinars, live: $45 per person
One-hour webinars, "On Demand" recordings: $35 per person
Two-hour webinars, live: $95 per person
Two-hour webinars, "On Demand" recordings: $70 per person
Multi-session courses: pricing varies; student discount may be offered
In-person workshops: pricing varies

Discounts

NEDCC offers a student discount for our multi-session courses, Preservation 101, Fundamentals of Audiovisual Preservation, and Fundamentals of Photograph Preservation. We do not offer any other discounts (e.g. early bird, group, etc.).

Registration Policies

  • Early registration is strongly recommended due to limited capacity. See registration deadline listed for each class. 
  • No registrations will be accepted after the deadline date.
  • 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.
  • Payment must be received before the start of class.
  • Cancellation: If you need to cancel your webinar or workshop registration, the registration fee will be refunded minus a $25 processing fee if cancellation is made at least 48 hours before the start of the program. A cancellation made less than 48 hours before an event will not be refunded.
  • Questions about registration? Contact [email protected] or call 978-470-1010, ext. 226.

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Payment Options

  • Credit Card: MasterCard, VISA, or American Express are accepted. Credit card transactions will be accepted and processed online only. This is the fastest way to secure a space in the class. 
  • Institution Check, Personal Check, or Money Order: Please complete the online registration form and mail a copy of your confirmation email and check or money order, made payable to “NEDCC” to: NEDCC, 100 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA 01810-1494.
  • Purchase Order, Invoice, or Vendor Request: Please contact us well in advance . This process can take weeks or months to facilitate.
  • Wire Transfer: NEDCC can accept wire transfers for international registrations. Please contact [email protected] for instructions.
  • Phone or Fax: No fax or telephone registrations will be accepted.

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • Scheduled webinars are presented live on Eastern Standard Time.
  • Instructions to access each webinar will be sent the day before the class.
  • Webinars are recorded and are available for participants to view for a period of three months following the live session.
  • To listen to the webinar session you will need earbuds, a headset, or speakers that connect to your computer. Be sure to test your audio connection in advance.
  • Before attending a webinar session, we recommend that you review and test your connection to ensure that you will be able to run the program successfully.
  • Participants can enable captioning and view the full transcript in Zoom Meetings.

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Contact us

Questions about registration or need technical assistance? Contact [email protected], or 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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