I had the opportunity to sit in on a couple of preservation discussion groups at this year’s annual ALA conference. One of them was the “Preservation Instruction, Education and Outreach Discussion Group (PIEDOG)”, which was moderated by PIEDOG chair, Adrienne Bell. During the discussion, Lori Foley (Director of Field Service for the NEDCC) announced the launch of a new website devoted to providing a free resource for preservation education. The project was funded by the IMLS and will be composed of 13 three-hour courses, available for free from the Northeast Document Conservation Center’s website.
“For the first time, instructors at graduate schools of librarianship and archives can find lesson outlines, resources, activities, assignments, and images – all in one place.
Lesson plans cover the following topics:
- Introduction to Preservation
- Context for the Cultural Record
- Strucutre and Deterioration of Paper-based Materials
- Structure and Deterioration of Multimedia Materials
- Building-wide concerns
- Collections Care
- Survey and Assessments
- Treatment Options
- Preservation Reformatting
- Creating Sustainable Digital Collections
- Building a Preservation Program
- Disaster Planning”