Caring for Scrapbooks: Preservation and Digitization Today

This two-hour online class will explore the materials and techniques used for creating scrapbooks, discuss the major preservation challenges and outline proper storage, handling and reformatting techniques to preserve scrapbooks for future generations.

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For many institutions, scrapbooks are one of the most problematic formats in their collections. Common in the 19th and early 20th century, scrapbooks are a unique record of individuals, families, or organizations. Newspaper and magazine clippings, cards, other ephemera, and photographs were adhered to poor quality paper in improper bindings, making them a special challenge. This live online class will examine the materials and techniques used to create scrapbooks, outline quality storage materials and proper handling techniques for these special materials. We will also take a look at some digitization options and techniques for access in use today. While the focus is on older scrapbook collections, many of the same issues apply to scrapbooks being created today.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this class, students will be able to:
  • Describe why common scrapbook materials deteriorate.
  • Discuss proper storage and handling techniques.
  • Identify vendors of quality preservation supplies.
  • Employ preservation management actions to prolong collection longevity
  • Evaluate some digitization options for the reformatting of scrapbooks

The class is designed for those who have scrapbooks in their collections and will be particularly significant for those who are responsible for the care or use of these materials.
Frequency: offered 1 time a year, Winter

Archival Recertification Credits - ARCs: 1
Information on Archival Recertification Credits

Registrations for this class must be received at least one week before the class date. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call 800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.

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You may register using one of two methods:

    Register Online
    Click on "Register" above.
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    Print out the registration form and fax it to LYRASIS at 404.892.7879.