Preservation Training and Continuing Education

In Person Training

Online Training

Arsenic and Old Lace: Controlling Hazardous Collection Materials – Connecting to Collections

Are there hazardous materials in your collection but you don’t know what to do with them? Or do you think you might have problem materials lurking in your collection that you don’t even know about? Hazardous collection materials can include, among other things, firearms, aged medicinals, heavy metal pesticides, tin-mercury amalgam mirrors, and mold. This webinar will help you identify hazardous collection items, the safety risks they pose to you and your visitors, and how to control those risks in practical ways.

May 3, 2016
1:30-3:00pm EDT

Introduction to Preservation: Collections Management for the 21st Century – Lyrasis

Preservation has a role in all types of cultural heritage institutions as a way of protecting an institution’s investment in the collection. In these days of ever-dwindling dollars and ever-expanding needs, the importance of preserving an institution’s resources has never been more crucial. The life expectancy of a collection can be extended substantially and inexpensively by applying basic, common-sense preservation principles to current, ongoing activities. This online class (in three parts over three days) covers why collections deteriorate, and how to prevent deterioration. The outlines basic elements of a preservation program including planning and policy development, disaster preparedness, outreach and education, selection and prioritization for preservation, reformatting and digitization, and more. The class introduces digital preservation but focuses on preserving physical collections.

Instructor: Peterson, Annie

Delivery Method: Live Online

This is a Multi-Session Event

Session 1 :
5/10/2016 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST
Session 2 :
5/12/2016 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST
Session 3 :
5/17/2016 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM EST

$175.00 (Member) / $200.00 (Non-Member)

Promotion and Outreach for Preservation – Lyrasis

Every archives, library, and museum has unique and valuable collections. Learn how to utilize those special treasures to generate interest and resources for both the gems and the general collections. Topics covered include: how preservation outreach can work for your institution, types of outreach activities that will highlight collections care needs, and how to get started turning outreach activities into possible funding. The class will examine the value of virtual and on-site activities to increase community interest, participation, as well as monetary and in-kind donations. Be prepared to talk about what you are already doing and explore ways to take your efforts one step further.

Instructor: Peterson, Annie
Delivery Method: Live Online
4/21/2016 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

$75.00 (Member) / $100.00 (Non-Member)

Training from the Northeast Document Conservation Center


April 12, 2016


2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
Registration deadline: April 11, 2016
Maximum class size: 45
Instructor: Frances Harrell, NEDCC Preservation Specialist
Location: Live Webinar

Providing an optimal climate in storage rooms and exhibits is a foundational concern in collections care. Executing a comprehensive environmental monitoring program provides the data necessary to plan climate control interventions for preservation. Often building systems themselves are not reliable enough to monitor the storage environment, so this session will cover independent monitoring equipment and basic data analysis.

April 19, 2016


2:00pm Eastern (2 hrs)
Registration deadline: April 18, 2016
Maximum class size: 45
Instructor: Jessica Bitely, NEDCC Director of Preservation Services
Location: Live Webinar

Pests and mold are common culprits for damage and loss in cultural heritage collections. While preventing infestation is central to good preservation practice, there may come a time when you discover pests or mold (or both) in your collections. This webinar covers strategies for preventing and mitigating issues in your library, archives and museum collections, as well as larger institutional policies and procedures that can be implemented to reduce the chance of infestation.


May 4, 2016


12:30pm – 1:30pm
Registration deadline: May 3, 2016
Maximum class size: 45
Instructor: Frances Harrell, NEDCC Preservation Specialist
Location: Live Webinar

This webinar introduces issues in digital preservation, beginning with basic terminology and a broad discussion of digital collections. This session will cover risks facing digital objects and the major strategies being used in cultural heritage institutions to care for them over time.


May 26, 2016


2:00pm – 4:00pm
Student fee: $500 (Copy of student ID required. Please email a copy to ko’
Registration deadline: May 16, 2016
Maximum class size: 30
Class level: Beginner
Instructor: Eva Grizzard, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Location: Live Webinar Series

The Instructor-led Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections course gives participants the foundation needed to be effective collections stewards. This comprehensive introduction prepares participants to complete a preservation needs assessment and provides structured guidance on developing an institutional disaster plan. Revised and updated, the course uses the free online version of Preservation 101 as its textbook, adding expanded resources and assignments, interactive discussions, and new content covering audiovisual and digital formats and digital preservation. Putting theory into practice, participants will develop recommendations for improvement and a long-range preservation plan.

Preservation 101 is a hybrid course. A series of ten live webinars builds on self-paced study through assigned readings. Feedback will be provided by the instructor. The webinars are interactive, and are supported by NEDCC’s Preservation 101 Education Classroom. Participants will have access to webinar recordings, readings, and additional resources, and can communicate with the instructor and fellow participants.

Class Dates:
May 26, 2016
June 2, 2016
June 9, 2016
June 16, 2016
June 30, 2016
July 7, 2016
July 14, 2016
July 21, 2016
July 28, 2016
August 11, 2016

Meeting times are 2pm-4pm ET

Who should attend?

This introductory webinar is designed for those with minimal training in this subject, and those who are interested in a refresher.  Staff and volunteers working with archival records and historic collections are encouraged to attend.

On Demand Training

An Introduction to Digital Preservation – WebJunction

Digital preservation is a phrase that is thrown about frequently in the archives and library world. And, responsibility for saving our era from being known as the “Digital Dark Age” has fallen to us. But, do you really understand what it means and is required to preserve digital objects? Join us for this 2-hour online webinar for an introduction to terms, concepts, and some methods for beginning your institutions foray into this important and challenging area.

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Connecting to Collections Care Course and Webinar Archives

The Connecting to Collections Care Online Community helps smaller cultural institutions to provide well-informed care for valuable collections. In the archives, you’ll find recordings of all previous webinars and courses from both Connecting to Collections Care and from their predecessor, Connecting to Collections.