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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.

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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.


June 1, 2017

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


2:00pm – 4:00pm
Student fee: $500 (Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'
Registration deadline: May 12, 2017
Maximum class size: 30
Instructor: Danielle Spalenka, NEDCC Preservation Specialist Sean Ferguson, NEDCC Preservation Specialist
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




June 15, 2017

Boxes within Boxes: Caring for Historic Structures and Collections


9:30am – 4:00pm
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.


August 17, 2017

Writing a Disaster Plan (2 Sessions)


2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$200 / $150 early-bird registration (July 27, 2017)
Registration deadline: August 16, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Frances Harrell, Interim Director of Preservation Services, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinars

Part 1 - August 17, 2017
Part 2 - August 31, 2017

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.


August 21, 2017

Digital Directions: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections - A 2 1/2 Day Conference


8:00am – 5:00pm
Student fee: $350 (Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'
Registration deadline: August 10, 2017
Maximum class size: 200
Instructor: Various
Location: Seattle, WA

August 21-23, 2017

Bell Harbor International Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66
Seattle, WA 98121

Guided by a faculty of national experts, join colleagues from institutions large and small for two and a half days of instruction on best practices and practical strategies for the creation, curation, and use of digital collections. Network with colleagues who have similar challenges, interact with faculty one-on-one, and gain a comprehensive introduction to digitization and digital preservation.

Conference Topics Will Include:
Assessing Risks to Digital Collections
Understanding Rights & Responsibilities
Digital Project Planning
Selection for Digitization
Creating Useful Digital Objects
Metadata for Digital Projects
Digital Storage
Working with Born-Digital Collections
Digitizing Audiovisual Collections

Early-Bird Registration

$485 USD 

Valid through May 26, 2017

Regular Registration

$525 USD

 Beginning May 27, 2017

Student Registration

$350 USD

Copy of current student ID required


September 12, 2017

Caring for Paper-based Collections


2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (August 22, 2017)
Registration deadline: September 11, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Claire Grund, Associate Conservator, 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.


September 26, 2017

Caring for Framed Collections

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Registration deadline: September 25, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Frances Harrell, Interim Director of Preservation Services, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

Historic collections often have many framed items not currently on display, including paintings, art on paper, and photographic prints, and even three dimensional objects and ephemera. These objects can be difficult to store safely, and prioritizing them for re-framing or other treatment can be difficult. This session will discuss common problems with framed objects, guidance for reframing, and safe, effective storage options for items in frames and unframed oversized items.


October 11, 2017

Introduction to Digitization Standards

brown bag webinar

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Registration deadline: October 10, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Frances Harrell, Interim Director of Preservation Services
Location: Live Webinar

The first step to creating digital collections that are built to last is choosing appropriate methods and preferred outcomes for transfer, file formats, metadata, and more. Understanding community standards for these processing ensures digital collections are useful and preservable and supports simple,effective communication with vendors. This session will cover digitization standards for still images, recorded sound, and moving image collections.


November 7, 2017

Caring for Photographic Collections


2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
$95 / $75 early-bird registration (October 17, 2017)
Registration deadline: November 6, 2017
Maximum class size: 50
Instructor: Frances Harrell, Interim Director of Preservation Services, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar

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


November 8, 2017

Digitizing Photographic Collections

brown bag webinar

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

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


November 15, 2017

Caring for Rare Books

brown bag webinar

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

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


December 6, 2017

Caring for Architectural Records

brown bag webinar

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

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



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.


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?


Frances Harrell 
978-470-1010, ext. 244

Questions about registration?
Kim O’Leary
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.


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