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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 

January 30, 2018

Collections Security

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95
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
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: David Joyall, Senior Photographer, NEDCC
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 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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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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March 27, 2018

Preservation Reference Desk: Caring for Family Treasures

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: March 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. 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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April 3, 2018

Preservation Reference Desk: Personal Digital Archiving

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: April 2, 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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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

Providing the best possible storage environment for your collections is a central goal of preservation. This session will discuss environmental monitoring, using data and collections assessment to improve the preservation outlook for your collections, when climate control is available and when it is not.



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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

Pests and mold are common culprits for damage and loss in cultural heritage collections. While preventing infestation is central to good preservation practice, there may come a time when you discover pests or mold (or both) in your collections. This webinar covers strategies for preventing and mitigating issues in your library, archives and museum collections, as well as larger institutional policies and procedures that can be implemented to reduce the chance of infestation.

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April 17, 2018

Preservation Reference Desk: Creating Scrapbooks That Last

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: April 16, 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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April 19, 2018

Writing Grants for Audio Preservation and Reformatting

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: April 18, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Bryce Roe, Manager of Audio Preservation Services, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

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April 24, 2018

Creative Fundraising for Preservation

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: April 23, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Claire Grund, Associate Conservator, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

Looking for creative fundraising ideas for your book conservation project or other conservation / preservation initiative?  Join us for tips on developing an Adopt-a-Book, or Adopt-an-Artifact program, using web content, crowdfunding, and social media. We’ll provide examples of successful initiatives and give you a check-list to follow, as well as resources to help with your fundraising efforts.

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April 25, 2018

How to Host a Community Scanning Day (Preservation Week)

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Free
Registration deadline: April 24, 2018
Maximum class size: 95
Instructor: Sean Ferguson, 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 16, 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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May 3, 2018

Moving and Renovation: Collection Concerns

webinar

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

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.

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May 8, 2018

Audio Update: Audio Preservation at NEDCC

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Free
Registration deadline: May 7, 2018
Maximum class size: 95
Instructor: Bryce Roe, Manager of Audio Preservation Services, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

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May 10, 2018

Fundamentals of AV Preservation (6 Webinars)

course

2:00pm – 4:00pm
$390
Student fee: $295 (Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org)
Registration deadline: May 1, 2018
Maximum class size: 30
Instructor: Danielle Spalenka and Sean Ferguson, Preservation Specialists, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar Series

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:

05/10/2018 - Session 1
05/17/2018 - Session 2
05/24/2018 - Session 3
06/07/2018 - Session 4
06/14/2018 - Session 5
06/21/2018 - Session 6

 

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June 5, 2018

Caring for Municipal Records

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (May 15, 2018)
Registration deadline: June 4, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live Webinar

Preservation can be a challenge to fit in with other job responsibilities in town clerk's offices and city departments charged with recordkeeping. This introduction to the preservation of paper collections will provide the basic knowledge necessary to care for bound volumes, documents, and photographs. The webinar will include information on storage, handling of historic records, and when to consult a conservator.

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June 12, 2018

Salvaging Damaged Book, Paper, and AV Collections

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (May 22, 2018)
Registration deadline: June 11, 2018
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live Webinar

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AMIA Continuing Education: The Environmental Impact of Archives

webinar recording

$45
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Linda Tadic, CEO, Digital Bedrock
Location: On Demand

What can institutions that house audiovisual collections do to mitigate their environmental impact while also preserving their collections according to professional best practices? This important question is one that preoccupies Linda Tadic, CEO of Digital Bedrock.  This webinar will explore the relationship between AV collections, digital storage, and the environment. In particular it will cover how things such as staff actions, technology choices, and environmental planning can enable archivists to care for their collections responsibly. Webinar attendees will leave with a working knowledge of and a vocabulary pertaining to the relationship between the responsible custody of collections and the larger environment in which we live. No previous knowledge of the subject is required. The webinar will be taught by Linda Tadic, CEO of Digital Bedrock and former AMIA President.

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

webinar recording

$45
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Hope O'Keeffe, Associate General Counsel, Library of Congress and Greg Cram, Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy, New York Public Library
Location: On Demand

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

webinar recording

$45
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Greg Cram, Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy, New York Public Library and Hope O'Keeffe, Associate General Counsel, Library of Congress
Location: On Demand

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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AMIA Continuing Education: Processing of Oral Histories

webinar recording

$45
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Mary Larson, Associate Dean for Special Collections, Oklahoma State University Library, and Sarah Milligan, Associate Professor and Head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, Oklahoma State University
Location: On Demand

Oral histories, which are nearly ubiquitous in archival and cultural heritage collections, capture first-hand accounts of their subjects and are particularly valuable resources as they often record the histories and memories of underrepresented people and groups. However, oral history interviews may be maintained on a variety of media formats (both analog and digital), which can make them daunting to care for. This 90-minute webinar will offer guidance to those archivists charged with maintaining these important recordings and will present a workflow—from beginning to end—for how best to process, preserve, and make accessible oral history materials. The webinar will also introduce some important concepts that are particular to oral history collections, including conversations on ethical considerations, the use of outside vendors, and the role of transcription and index tagging. This is a beginner-level webinar and previous experience processing oral history and/or audiovisual collections is not required. The course will be taught by Mary Larson, Associate Dean for Special Collections at Oklahoma State University Library and former President of the Oral History Association and Sarah Milligan Associate Professor and Head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University.

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AMIA Continuing Education: Storage of Audiovisual Collections

webinar recording

$45
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Jean-Louis Bigourdan, Senior Research Scientist, Image Permanence Institute
Location: On Demand

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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Registration Information

Brown Bag Webinars:  $45 per person
Webinars: $95 per person ($75 Early-bird rate)
Courses: prices vary for each course
"On Demand" AMIA Webinar Recordings: $45 per peron
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:

Fundamentals of AV Preservation online course
Preservation 101 online course
Writing a Disaster Plan online course
"On Demand" AMIA Webinar Recordings

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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