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.
Questions about registration or cancellation? Visit METRO’s Registration Info page for policies and procedures.