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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 info@nedcc.org 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. Contact them directly for details: Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Network (DPOE-N), Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives(KDLA), Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board (RIHRAB), and Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC).

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

 

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SCHEDULED PROGRAMS 

Date and Time Program Name Registration Fee
for Each
Individual
Nov 2, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Creating Preservation-quality Oral Histories

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: October 31, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Karl Fleck, Associate Audio Preservation Engineer, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

Making sure the stories of your oral history subjects will be available long into the future starts before you even press “record.” This session teaches participants about the technical considerations that go into making an oral history recording preservation-quality. This includes selecting the right equipment, capturing audio that is clear and with as few ambient noises as possible, and making sure your recordings are in file formats that support digital preservation. The instructor will cover practical and achievable recommendations that meet different resource levels and budget needs so that both small and large organizations can improve the preservation quality of their oral history recordings.

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARC) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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$45
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Nov 4, 2021
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Caring for Paper-based Collections

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: November 2, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Eli Boyne, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
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.

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

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$95
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Nov 9, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Strategies for Oversized Collections

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: November 7, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Kathryn Boodle, Associate Conservator, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

This webinar instructs participants on good practices for caring for oversized materials in their collections, including those made of paper (e.g. posters, maps, large books, architectural plans) and textiles (e.g. flags, quilts). Storage and handling methods will be covered in detail. Participants will gain a solid understanding of how to protect oversized collections and will receive a decision-making tree and a bibliography.

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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$45
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Nov 12, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Writing Your Preservation Assistance Grant - FREE webinar

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: November 10, 2021
Maximum class size: 298
Instructor: Eli Boyne, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions are relatively easy to apply for and have launched successful preservation projects and programs in institutions across the country. Be ready for the round of applications! This webinar is presented by an NEDCC Preservation Specialist and 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, and getting requisite information from consultants.

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Nov 16, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Caring for Vellum-bound Volumes

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: November 14, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Terra Huber, Assistant Book Conservator, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

Vellum bindings are books bound in parchment covers, which creates unique vulnerabilities that collections managers need to consider when improving the preservation outlook of these specific materials. The instructor will walk participants through key terms, the mechanical structure of vellum bindings, common condition issues of vellum-bound books, and storage solutions for these materials. Participants will learn when it is appropriate to apply preventive care solutions in-house and when a collections manager should instead seek a conservator for treatment.

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARC) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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$45
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Nov 18, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Writing Your Preservation Assistance Grant - FREE webinar

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: November 17, 2021
Maximum class size: 298
Instructor: Eli Boyne, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions are relatively easy to apply for and have launched successful preservation projects and programs in institutions across the country. Be ready for the round of applications! This webinar is presented by an NEDCC Preservation Specialist and 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, and getting requisite information from consultants.

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Free
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Dec 2–9, 2021
Day 1:
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Day 2:
2:00am – 4:00pm Eastern

Managing an Environmental Monitoring Program (2 webinar sessions)

Facilitated course

Registration deadline: November 30, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Stephanie Garafolo, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

Part 1: 12/2/2021
Part 2: 12/9/2021

Who should attend: Anyone who wants to learn how to start an environmental monitoring program or refine their existing program. Maintaining an environmental monitoring program is among the most impactful activities collections stewards can undertake. This two-part webinar teaches participants how to understand their building’s environment and make changes that help to preserve the collections in their care.

Part 1 of 2 provides participants with the background knowledge needed to start collecting data, including key terms, how to understand your building’s current systems, and how the environment impacts different collections. Participants will also learn about environmental monitoring equipment and software and best practices for its placement.

Part 2 of 2 guides participants through the analysis of environmental monitoring data and how to make improvements to the environment using techniques appropriate for both small and large organizations. This session will conclude with guidance on advocacy techniques and funding sources to achieve resource-intensive goals.

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

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$200
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Dec 7, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Care and Reformatting of Microfilm

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: December 5, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Terrance D'Ambrosio, Director of Imaging Services, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

Have you inherited a microfilm collection but are unsure how to properly preserve and provide access to it? Or maintaining the collection you’ve had for years but seeking options for improving access and minimizing wear to the originals? This new webinar will provide an introduction to micro formats (including both fiche and film) and the role they’ve played in the preservation and dissemination of information, from their introduction until today. From this introduction the webinar will move on to cover the best practices of microfilm storage, housing, handling, and use, and conclude with the methods available and questions to consider when planning a microfilm reformatting (aka digitization) project.

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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$45
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Dec 14, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Metadata for Audio Collections

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: December 12, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Bryce Roe, Director of Audio Preservation Services, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar


Metadata is essential to the care of audio collections at every stage of stewardship, from planning a reformatting project to managing and providing access to digital files for the long-term. This webinar will provide instruction on metadata best-practices for physical and digital audio collections, with guidance on when and how to gather and record essential metadata. A variety of metadata standards for audio collections will be introduced, and considerations for adopting or selectively incorporating elements of audio-specific standards into your metadata strategy will be discussed.

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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$45
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Dec 16, 2021
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Strategies for Acetate and Nitrate Negatives and Film

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: December 14, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Terrance D'Ambrosio, Director of Imaging Services, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar


Do you need to start working on the nitrate and acetate in your stacks, but don’t know where to start? This webinar, presented by NEDCC’s Director of Imaging Services, will cover all of the logistical complexities involved in a digitization/reformatting project that includes nitrocellulose- and cellulose acetate-based film, from packing and shipping to long-term storage and maintenance to the ethical dilemma of retention vs. disposal. The concepts and approaches will be applicable to any nitrate or acetate digitization project, from the very small to the very large, and while the webinar will focus on still photographic film, the information will be applicable to motion picture nitrocellulose and cellulose acetate film as well.

Note: this webinar does not address in detail digitization methods or specifications for film-based media; see NEDCC’s webinar “Digitizing Photographic Collections” for information on this subject.

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARC) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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$95
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Jan 11, 2022
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Identifying and Assessing Grooved Media

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: January 9, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Julia Hawkins, Audio Preservation Intern, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar
 

Early grooved audio formats may be found in many unexpected places, and their management can be intimidating due to their variety, fragility and the general lack of standardization in their production. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the history of grooved audio media, and provide guidance on the identification and management of these formats. This webinar will cover how to identify different cylinders, discs and dictation formats, and provide relevant details on their composition, characteristics and manufacturing history. Participants will finish this webinar with a better understanding of grooved audio formats and how to pragmatically prioritize and plan for their long-term preservation.   

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARC) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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$45
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Jan 24, 2022
2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern

Fundamentals of Photograph Preservation (6 sessions)

Facilitated course

Registration deadline: January 19, 2022
Maximum class size: 30
Instructor: Monique Fischer, Senior Paper Conservator, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar course

 

The six-session online course offers an in-depth introduction to the preservation of photographs, including their identification, deterioration, and care. Participants will learn how to recognize various photographic processes ranging from daguerreotypes to contemporary prints. Preservation problems associated with specific processes will also be studied. The course will address storage concerns and preservation priorities, including environmental guidelines, enclosures, and proper care and handling. The course will include an optional assignment in which participants create a preservation plan for a selected photographic collection within their institution. This course is intended for individuals who want to learn in more detail how to care for photographs including curators, collection managers, exhibit preparations, catalogers, archivists , photographers and collectors.

01/24/2022 Session 1: Introduction – Photograph Preservation Checklist

01/31/2022 Session 2: Paper, Glass and Plastic: Id and Care of Negatives

02/07/2022 Session 3: Finding a Balance: Caring for Cased Images

02/14/2022 Session 4: Black and White Photographic Processes: Salt to Silver Gelatin Print

02/28/2022 Session 5: Color and Contemporary Photography

03/07/2022 Session 6: Review of Course and Preservation Plans

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 10 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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$375
Student fee: $280
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Jan 27, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

10 Practical Steps for Getting Started with Digital Preservation

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: January 25, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Alison Fulmer, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

The task of establishing a digital preservation program at your institution can be daunting. Join NEDCC's Preservation Services Department to learn about 10 tips to help move your program and its practices forward. The first half of this webinar will address introductory concepts to digital preservation, making this an ideal webinar for beginners. The second half will cover 10 achievable tips for launching a digital preservation initiative, addressing topics such as policy writing, developing intelectual control over digital collections, and storing and providing access to the files your organization preserves.

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

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$95
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Feb 10, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Moving and Renovation: Collections Concerns

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: February 8, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Stephanie Garafolo, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
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.

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

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$95
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Feb 15, 2022
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

History of the Book & Its Structure

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: February 13, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Bexx Caswell-Olson, Director of Book Conservation, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar
 

This webinar will provide an overview of the history of the book with a focus on the evolution of Western binding styles and techniques. Materials and methods from antiquity to the present will be reviewed, providing important context for the cataloging, care, and handling of bound collections. Research tools and resources that provide further insight into historical binding structures will also be discussed.

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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$45
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Feb 17, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Digitization: Planning for Success

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: February 15, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live webinar

 

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.

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

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$95
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Mar 1, 2022
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Celebrating with Collections! FREE webinar

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: February 27, 2022
Maximum class size: 298
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live webinar
 

When your community is celebrating a major anniversary, the public and press will be interested in museum and archival collections related to that time period. Before you bring out your most precious items, though, you'll want to attend this introductory webinar to learn the basics about how to protect them during handling, scanning, and exhibition. The instructor will also explain how you can collaborate with other local organizations to save time and money as you engage the public in your community's history. It's never too early to begin planning!

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

 

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Free
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Mar 3, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Exhibiting Your Collections

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: March 1, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Stephanie Garafolo, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar
 

Now including exhibition of 3-D objects and textiles! Cultural heritage organizations often look to their collections to create public exhibitions, but putting the spotlight on rare books and documents is inherently at odds with preservation. Exhibits, though, provide a powerful avenue for outreach and also present opportunities for collection advocacy. Preparing collections for safe exhibition ensures that these materials remain accessible into the future. This webinar will help you understand the risks of exhibition so that you can develop policies and guidelines to mitigate those risks. Selection for exhibition will be covered, along with space considerations, safe handling, and display methods.

Note: Sign up for Exhibit Cradles for Bound Volumes to explore designing and implementing display solutions for books

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

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$95
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Mar 10, 2022
2:00am – 3:30pm Eastern

Exhibit Cradles for Bound Volumes

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: March 8, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Bexx Caswell-Olson, Director of Book Conservation, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar
 
In the first half of this workshop we’ll review options for commercially available exhibit cradles and how to choose materials for use in constructing exhibit mounts. In the second half of the workshop, participants will learn how to make their own custom exhibit cradles using archival materials. A list of tools and materials will be provided. No experience is necessary.
 
Note: Sign up for Exhibiting your Collections to explore best practices for environmental conditions, light levels, security, and display for collections in general.
 
Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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$70
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Mar 22, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Assessing & Improving Collections Security

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: March 20, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
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.

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

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$95
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Mar 24, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Digitizing Photographs

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: March 22, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: David Joyall, Senior Photographer, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar
 
This webinar provides an in-depth overview of photograph digitization. Digitizing photographic collections can foster research, engage users, and help preserve the original objects, but a one-size-fits-all approach to reformatting will not provide the best results given the variety of photographic formats and processes that exist. This two-hour webinar will address prioritizing materials for reformatting based upon preservation needs, the benefits and drawbacks of various digitization methods, equipment options and workflows, and present considerations related to file formats and resolution to assist you in choosing an approach that is right for your project. While not exhaustive, the webinar will address glass- and film-based negatives and slides; daguerreotypes, ambroytpes, and tintypes; photographic prints ranging from carte-de-visites to panoramas; and photograph albums.
 
Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 2 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.
 
 

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Mar 31, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Writing a Collection Management Policy: Step-by-Step

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: March 29, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Eli Boyne, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar
 
Does your organization need to write its first collection management policy or update one that's already been written? NEDCC's Preservation Services is here to help. This webinar will cover the essentail components of a collection management policy for libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage organizations. Participants will learn how to write a collection management policy that standardizes the acquisition, management, preservation, and provision of access to collections in their organization.

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

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$95
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Apr 7, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Fundamentals of AV Preservation (6 sessions)

Facilitated course

Registration deadline: April 3, 2022
Maximum class size: 30
Instructor: Alison Fulmer, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar course

 

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:

04/07/2022 Session 1: Introduction to AV Preservation Challenges
04/14/2022 Session 2: Care and Handling of Physical Carriers
04/21/2022 Session 3: Inventory and Assessment of Audiovisual Collections
04/28/2022 Session 4: Reformatting
05/05/2022 Session 5: Managing Digital Audiovisual Collections
05/12/2022 Session 6: Disaster Preparedness and Response

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$375
Student fee: $280
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Apr 12, 2022
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

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

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: April 10, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Bexx Caswell-Olson, Director of Book Conservation, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

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.

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARC) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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Apr 26, 2022
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Creating Scrapbooks that Last - FREE FOR PRESERVATION WEEK

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: April 24, 2022
Maximum class size: 298
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live webinar
 
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.
 
Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARC) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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May 10, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Caring for Object Collections

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: May 8, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Stephanie Garafolo, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar
 
An introduction to the basics of caring for object collections, this webinar will discuss common vulnerabilities of artworks and three-dimensional objects, as well as proper handling and storage conditions. Recommendations for specific material types will be provided, such as environmental standards for metals, ceramics, and textiles. The webinar will also explore preservation approaches that are appropriate for mixed-collections spaces.
 
Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 2 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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$95
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May 25, 2022
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

FADGI Demystified

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: May 23, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Terrance D'Ambrosio, Director of Imaging Services, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

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.

Participants who are eligible Certified Archivists earn 1 Archival Recertification Credit (ARC) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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Jun 7, 2022
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Book Conservation Showcase: the treatment of a Victorian hair album, a medieval manuscript, and a Kashmiri birch bark binding - FREE Webinar

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: June 5, 2022
Maximum class size: 298
Instructor: Mary French, Book Conservator, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar
 
Join Associate Book Conservator Mary French for a look behind the scenes in the Book Conservation Laboratory at NEDCC! This webinar will highlight the conservation treatments of three unique books: a Victorian hair album, a medieval manuscript, and a Kashmiri birch bark binding.
 
•  Sarah Davenport’s Victorian hair album from the Davenport House Museum in Savannah, Georgia contains locks of human hair that Sarah had collected from her family and tied onto the pages of the text block using silk ribbons. This project proved to be an interesting conservation challenge and required drawing upon elements of textile and objects conservation as well as book and paper conservation to find a workable solution.
 
•  The Life of St. Augustine, a 15th century medieval manuscript, features 116 beautiful hand-inked miniatures. However, due to the presence of copper-based pigments in these illustrations, the miniatures had extensive fracturing in the paper underneath and the manuscript was unable to be used without causing further damage. To create nearly invisible repairs to this exquisite manuscript, the conservator painstakingly pieced the fractured paper together using individual strands of Japanese kozo fibers secured with minute quantities of wheat starch paste.
 
•  Kashmiri birch bark manuscripts are extraordinarily rare, and often are extremely fragile as birch bark is composed of many layers that tend to delaminate over time. Repairs took hundreds of hours and involved delicately weaving repair materials through the brittle bark layers.
 
Participants in this webinar will gain deeper insights into NEDCC’s approach to conservation through these interesting projects and get a close-up view of these extremely rare and unique books.

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Jun 9–16, 2022
Day 1:
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Day 2:
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Writing a Disaster Plan (2 webinars)

Facilitated course

Registration deadline: June 7, 2022
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Eli Boyne, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar course

 

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

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to write a disaster plan for their organization or have NEDCC review their current disaster plan

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$200
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Jun 14, 2022
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Surface Cleaning Techniques for Paper-based Materials: A "Hands-On Webinar"

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: June 1, 2022
Maximum class size: 75
Instructor: Bexx Caswell-Olson, Director of Book Conservation, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar
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 (ARC) through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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$70
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Jun 30, 2022
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Storing Audiovisual Collections

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: June 28, 2022
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: TBD
Location: Live webinar
 

This session provides attendees with an in-depth introduction to developing and implementing a storage plan for audiovisual media, including grooved media, motion picture film, magnetic tape, and optical discs. The instructor will cover fundamental activities needed to carry out a storage plan from start to finish, including inventorying materials, proper handling, selecting the right enclosures, and improving the storage environment. Attendees will receive guidance on how to track the condition of materials in storage, understand each format’s unique vulnerabilities, and how to implement cold storage. Prioritization for storage will also be covered to help participants make optimal use of their resources.

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

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$95
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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On Demand Programs

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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.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSqxpHY476Jy1ffYgdE6JahUxhHvoK155.

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Free
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Paid

Jun 22, 2021

Building an Easy Digital Preservation Workflow with Small Tools

Maximum class size: 100
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 how to implement a simple, free workflow with user-friendly tools, including DataAccessioner, Fixity by AVP, and Exactly by AVP. Participants will learn about the preservation activities that these tools support and receive a step-by-step instructional demonstration of the workflow in action. Attendees will finish the webinar with a strong idea of how to implement and build on this workflow at their institution with handouts and guidance on next steps.
 
Duration: 2 hours

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$70
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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May 25, 2021

Salvaging Damaged Books, Paper, and AV Collections

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Annie Matthys, 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 ko'leary@nedcc.org

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May 11, 2021

In Perpetuity: Tips for Municipal Clerks and Government Agencies

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Annie Matthys, NEDCC Preservation Specialist
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 ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Mar 25, 2021

Surveying, Selecting, & Testing Digital Preservation Software

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Sean Ferguson, 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. 
 
The proliferation of digital preservation tools can make it difficult to select the software--or combination of software--that meets your organization’s needs. This webinar provides participants with a process to identify and evaluate digital preservation software, addressing topics that include working with IT, open-source vs. proprietary, the sustainability of tools, and which elements of a digital preservation workflow a tool supports. Procedures for testing tools will also be covered, and tools with robust testing opportunities, such as Archivematica, will be demonstrated. Participants will conclude the webinar with a strong understanding of how to articulate their needs and identify software that builds their digital preservation capabilities.
 
 
Duration: 2 hours

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$70
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Mar 2, 2021

Validating Digital Files for Preservation

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Sean Ferguson, 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. 
 

This session will introduce participants to a critical part of any digitization project or digital preservation program: ensuring the digital files in your care are well-formed and valid. The instructor will define file validation and its benefits and discuss how and when an institution can implement validation into their digitization and digital preservation workflows. Participants will receive an overview of available file validation tools and watch a demo of the popular free validation tool JHOVE. Participants will receive a package of files and an activity sheet that they may choose to complete after the webinar to gain hands-on experience with validation.

Duration: 1 hour

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$35
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Mar 24, 2020

Diving Deeper with Digital Preservation Tools Using the Command Line

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Sean Ferguson, MLIS
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 ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Aug 8, 2019

Caring for Scrapbooks

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Bexx Caswell-Olson, Director of Book Conservation, NEDCC
Location: Webinar Recording
 
PLEASE NOTE: After purchase allow 24-48 hours to receive a login and password to access this webinar session. 
  

Scrapbooks document personal moments alongside local and national history. The variety of records and materials inside--and the myriad methods of fastening them to the page--pose significant preservation challenges. Participants will learn about the structure of scrapbooks, the types of materials commonly found in them, methods of attachment, implications for preservation and conservation, and how to provide the best level of care for scrapbook collections. Low-cost, in-house preservation approaches are included.  

Duration: 1 hour

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$35
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Jan 17, 2019

Caring for Architectural Records

Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Claire Grund, BA Historic Preservation
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 ko'leary@nedcc.org

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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 when cancellation is made at least 48 hours before the start of the program.
  • Questions about registration? Contact Kim O’Leary, koleary@nedcc.org, or 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, Attention: Kim O’Leary, 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 Kim O'Leary at koleary@nedcc.org 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.

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Contact us

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

 


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