The Northeast Documentation Conservation Center (NEDCC) announces the on-line availability of its latest publication, Assessing Preservation Needs: A Self-Survey Guide. This exciting multi-media project was funded by a Library Leadership Grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). NEDCC also receives major funding for its Field Service Program from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
An empowering and important new resource, the purpose of this guide is to help small to medium-sized institutions with limited preservation experience and budgets to design a program ensuring that their historical collections survive in usable condition as long as possible. In an effort to make this important information available at no cost to anyone at any time, NEDCC has posted the text on its Web site. A printed copy of the survey guide can be purchased for $15 from NEDCC; there is an order form on the Web site.
Working in partnership with NEDCC, Amigos Library Services, Inc. of Dallas TX has also produced a 30 minute video entitled The Preservation Survey: A First Step in Saving Your Collections, which highlights the themes of this new publication. Available now through Amigos, the video vividly illustrates both the dangers to collections and offers best practices in examining an institution's policies for preserving its general and special collections materials. Information about ordering the video can be found on Amigos' Web site.