Introduction to Collections Preservation

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This online class (in three parts over three days) covers preservation techniques from big picture planning and administration down to item-level care and handling. Attendees will learn about basic elements of a sustainable preservation program, including planning and policy development, disaster preparedness, selection and prioritization for preservation, reformatting and digitization, and outreach and education. The class will address different ways that collections in libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions deteriorate, and how those who care for the collections can help prevent that deterioration. The class focuses primarily on preserving physical collections, but does touch briefly on digital preservation.

Learning Outcomes:
Identify basic tenets of preservation and collections care.
Understand how and why collections deteriorate, and tactics for preventing deterioration.
Learn and discuss practical steps for maintaining long-term access to cultural heritage collections.

Instructor: Annie Peterson

Annie Peterson is Preservation Services Librarian at LYRASIS. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has a range of experience in preservation and conservation that provides a strong base for helping the archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that we reach through the Preservation Field Services project. She is active in the American Library Association and is the Chair of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services Preservation and Reformatting Section. In 2016 Annie was awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award from ALCTS, an award that is given to recognize the contribution to areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical service by a librarian who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

Intended Audience:

Staff members interested in or responsible for preservation activities.


Frequency: offered 2 times a year, Spring and Fall

Archival Recertification Credits - ARCs: 2
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.
    PDF Form
    Print out the registration form and fax it to LYRASIS at 404.892.7879.