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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 

March 28, 2017

Moving and Renovating: Collection Concerns

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95
Registration deadline: March 27, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Frances Harrell, NEDCC Interim Director of Preservation Services
Location: Live Webinar

Collection items of value, including books, documents, photographs, and audiovisual materials, are often at increased risk of damage and deterioration during storage relocation or renovation. This session explores the policies and procedures that will help protect collections during these projects, including handling, temporary storage, and documentation.

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April 4, 2017

Preserving Removable Digital Storage Media

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95
Registration deadline: April 3, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Tim Walsh, Digital Archivist, Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA)
Location: Live Webinar

Whether it's floppy disks from the 80's or flash drives from ten years ago, many institutions are faced with the preservation challenge of legacy removable digital storage media in their collections. This session will cover basic identification of legacy media and hardware, explanation of crucial concepts such as disk imaging and write blocking, prioritization of media objects for in-house processing and vendor solutions, and simple workflows for managing the migration of data from removable media. Participants will come away from the webinar with practical preservation steps so they can start processing these collections right away.

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April 11, 2017

Assessing Your Digital Preservation Readiness

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95
Registration deadline: April 10, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Frances Harrell, NEDCC Interim Director of Preservation Services
Location: Live Webinar

Even in small institutions, patrons interested in using collections are increasingly expecting to access them digitally. Many historical societies, libraries, and museums have responded to this expectation by digitizing on demand, featuring special collections through digitization, or embarking on mass digitization projects, often without exploring the preservation risks associated with digital objects. This session will explore self-assessment as a tool for improving young and developing digital preservation programs.

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April 25, 2017

What is Preservation?

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Free
Registration deadline: April 24, 2017
Maximum class size: 98
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live Webinar

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April 26, 2017

Assessing Your Preservation Practices

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Free
Registration deadline: April 25, 2017
Maximum class size: 98
Instructor: Frances Harrell, NEDCC Interim Director of Preservation Services
Location: Live Webinar

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April 27, 2017

Writing a Preservation Plan

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Free
Registration deadline: April 26, 2017
Maximum class size: 98
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live Webinar

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May 9, 2017

Coping with Pests and Mold

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (April 18, 2017)
Registration deadline: May 8, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Frances Harrell, NEDCC Interim Director of Preservation Services
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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May 16, 2017

Creating Useful Digital Objects

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (April 25, 2017)
Registration deadline: May 15, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Frances Harrell, NEDCC Interim Director of Preservation Services
Location: Live Webinar

One of the most exciting aspects of digitizing cultural heritage collections is the possibility of new methods of research developing around digital objects. But not all digital collections are created equally. If your institution is interested in providing opportunities for creative re-use of digital objects, the choices you make for reformatting, metadata, and access systems will all affect how users can interact with them. This session will focus on how digital archives and libraries can provide researchers with rich, re-usable resources.

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May 23, 2017

Caring for Scrapbooks

webinar

2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (May 2, 2017)
Registration deadline: May 22, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Jessica Henze, Associate Book Conservator, 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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May 24, 2017

Digitizing Scrapbooks

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
$45
Registration deadline: May 23, 2017
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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June 1, 2017

Preservation 101 Course (10 Sessions) June 1 - August 24

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: May 12, 2017
Maximum class size: 30
Instructor: TBD
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.

Class Dates:
June 1, 2017
June 8, 2017
June 15, 2017
June 29, 2017
July 6, 2017
July 13, 2017
July 20, 2017
August 3, 2017
August 10, 2017
August 24, 2017

Meeting times are 2pm-4pm ET

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June 15, 2017

Boxes within Boxes: Caring for Historic Structures and Collections

workshop

9:30am – 4:00pm
$145 / $125 early-bird registration (May 25, 2017)
Registration deadline: June 5, 2017
Maximum class size: 23
Instructor: Rebekah Krieger, Architectural Conservator, US National Park Service, Northeast Regional Office Frances Harrell, NEDCC Interim Director of Preservation Services
Location: Providence Athenaeum Providence, RI

Your historic building is not only the first line of defense for any collections held within, it is often the largest and most complicated item in your collection. Whether you are working or living in a historic structure, understanding the issues and challenges presented by these buildings is the first step in ensuring long-term preservation. As an added benefit, proper care of your building will provide the foundations for the proper care of your documents, photographs, scrapbooks, and other collections with lasting value. 
 
Join Rebekah Krieger, Architectural Conservator with the US National Park Service’s Northeast Regional Office, and Frances Harrell, Preservation Specialist at the Northeast Document Conservation Center at the Providence Athenaeum in Providence, RI, for a day spent exploring ways to improve the preservation of your structure and collections. 
 
Participants will have the opportunity to tour the historic Athenaeum as a jumping off point to understanding potential issues in historic preservation, and will engage in guided exercises around improving collections care. Participants are encouraged to bring items from their collections that can be safely transported for discussion.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in historic preservation or the preservation of paper-based collections is encouraged to attend.

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Registration Information

"Brown Bag"Webinars:  $45 per person
Webinars: $95 per person ($75 Early-bird rate)
Workshops: prices vary for each workshop program
Preservation 101Online Course: $650 per person (multiple sessions)

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 for NEDCC's Preservation 101 online course or for 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:

Frances Harrell
fharrell@nedcc.org 
978-470-1010, ext. 244

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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(Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these resources do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)