Preservation of Artifacts in Libraries and Archives: Understanding the Basics

Speaker Alexis Hagadorn
Alexis Hagadorn is the Head of Conservation for the Columbia University Libraries and teaches library preservation as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. She received a Master of Science, Library Service and an Advanced Certificate in Conservation from the Columbia University School ...

Alexis Hagadorn is the Head of Conservation for the Columbia University Libraries and teaches library preservation as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. She received a Master of Science, Library Service and an Advanced Certificate in Conservation from the Columbia University School of Library Service, and she is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. She has worked as a conservator in research libraries for over 20 years, and consults regularly on preservation for small library collections and historical societies.

Full Description

Why do books and paper deteriorate? How can libraries and archives protect important collections? This half-day class will introduce the participant to the mechanisms of deterioration, and then apply that knowledge to begin planning preservation activities. The class will consist of lecture and discussions, and will provide participants with the basic knowledge to understand the techniques of safe exhibition, care and handling of collections, working with a conservator, requirements for storage and emergency preparedness. Participants will leave the class with a set of resources to help them begin to develop or expand their own in-house preservation programs.

Who should attend:
Archivists, curators, collection managers, special collections librarians, and library school students are among those who many find the information useful

By the end of this program, participants will: 

  • Have a basic understanding of the causes of deterioration of books, documents, and other common collection materials
  • Understand the impact of exhibits and loans, care and handling, environmental control and disaster response on preservation of collections
  • Know what to expect when contracting a conservator to treat collections
  • Obtain sources of further information to begin preservation activities or to develop an enhanced preservation program

This program is presented by METRO in conjunction with ALA's Preservation Week.



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When?

Wed, Apr. 24, 2013
10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. US/Eastern

How Much?

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Where?

METRO Training Center
57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003