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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
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Individual
Sep 21, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Caring for Framed Collections

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: September 19, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Annajean Hamel, Lead Preparator, Paper Conservation Technician, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

Framed collections offer a unique set of challenges for institutions like museums and historical societies as well as collectors with framed works who all have a range of challenges to overcome in order to properly maintain and care for these complex objects. From how to identify poor quality framing materials, triaging failing frames, effective storage techniques and working with conservation professionals and framers; this session will offer practical advice on caring for collections of framed works.

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

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$45
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Sep 22, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Audiovisual Cataloging with PBCore (5 Sessions)

Facilitated course

Registration deadline: September 15, 2021
Maximum class size: 80
Instructor: Rebecca Fraimow, Archivist, GBH Media Library and Archives
Location: Live Webinar Course

 

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Course dates: 9/22/2021 - 10/27/2021

Audiovisual Cataloging with PBCore is a free, interactive, five-session online course, developed with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The course provides participants with a practical understanding of the PBCore metadata schema and its usage in cataloging audiovisual materials. Whether AV is the focus of your daily work or is only a small part of an archive that you manage, this course will be of benefit. 

Each hourlong session consists of a half-hour lecture followed by a hands-on exercise. Participants will have the option to complete material for review by the instructor in between sessions and to submit their own case studies for consideration and discussion in the class. 

By the end of the course, participants will have:

  • learned about the significant characteristics of audiovisual materials
  • described materials in PBCore
  • created XML records using the PBCore cataloging tool
  • discussed real-world methodologies for implementing PBCore 

The course is free to registered attendees, and early registration is strongly recommended in order to receive course materials for in-class exercises. Class size is limited; if you register and then cannot attend, please contact NEDCC so that your seat can be given to someone else. 

Recordings of the five webinar sessions will be freely available to the public through the NEDCC YouTube channel after each session of the live program. If you cannot attend the live sessions, please do NOT register; instead sign up for NEDCC E-News to receive announcements when the free recordings are available. 

09/22/21 Session 1 - Introduction: Concepts in Audiovisual Metadata

09/29/21 Session 2 - PBCore Structure 

10/06/21 Session 3 - PBCore Controlled Vocabularies 

10/13/21 Session 4 - Using the PBCore Cataloging Tool 

10/20/21 No Class 

10/27/21 Session 5 - PBCore Mappings and Database Modelings

 

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

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Sep 28, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Digital Preservation Storage 101

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: September 26, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Annie Matthys, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

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

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

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$45
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Oct 5, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

10 Tips for Providing Safe Access to Collections

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: October 3, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Annie Matthys, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

Having scholars, students, genealogists, and others research our collections is the reason we preserve them, but how do we make sure our collections remain safe when we provide access to them? This 1-hour webinar will give 10 quick tips for making your reading room a safer place for your materials. Participants will learn strategies for improving security, providing the right supplies for the right collections, and empowering your researchers to make smart handling decisions. Example policies for reading room access will also be provided.

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

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$45
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Oct 7, 2021
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Metadata for Digital Preservation

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: October 5, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Stephanie Garafolo, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

Metadata, and especially preservation metadata encompassing the technical and administrative aspects of description, is essential for providing continued access to your digital objects. It provides assurance that digital objects are authentic, renderable, and useable. This webinar serves as a starting point for understanding the kinds of information you will want to gather to support digital preservation, using current guidelines, standards, and models in the field to identify core information required to steward digital objects over time.

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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Oct 26, 2021
9:00am – 4:00pm Eastern

Capturing the Past: Identification and Care of Photographs

In-person workshop

Registration deadline: October 15, 2021
Maximum class size: 10
Instructor: Monique C. Fischer, MS, AIC-Fellow
Location: Charleston Library Society 164 King Street Charleston, SC 29401

 

This hands-on workshop offers an 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 inkjet prints. Preservation problems associated with specific processes will also be studied. The workshop will address storage concerns and preservation priorities, including environmental guidelines, enclosures, and proper care and handling. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs for examination and discussion. 

The one-day workshop is intended for individuals who want to learn how to care for photographs including curators, collection managers, exhibit preparations, catalogers, archivists, photographers and collectors.

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

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$150
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Oct 26, 2021
12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern

Planning for Reformatting Field Recordings

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: October 24, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Karl Fleck, Associate Audio Preservation Engineer, NEDCC
Location: Live webinar

 

Field recordings, audio recordings made outside a recording studio, are unique; they are oftentimes created in uncontrolled environments with consumer-grade equipment by untrained audio recordists. This makes their long-term management and preservation especially challenging. This webinar explores the special technical challenges presented in field recordings and offers solutions for caring for your one-of-a-kind recordings. Participants will also see case studies that show a variety of audio formats and their preservation concerns.

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

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$45
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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Oct 28, 2021
2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern

Digitization: Planning for Success

Live online webinar

Registration deadline: October 26, 2021
Maximum class size: 100
Instructor: Annie Matthys, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
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
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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

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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: Annie Matthys, 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
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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

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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: Ann Marie Willer, Director of Preservation Services, 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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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
Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko'leary@nedcc.org

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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: Ann Marie Willer, Director of Preservation Services, 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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On Demand Programs

Original
Broadcast
Date
Program Name Registration Fee
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Individual

Free Available any time!

NEDCC Preservation Training Videos

Maximum class size: 500

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

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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