Fundamentals of Preservation

Monday, 2/27/2017 - Friday, 3/24/2017
Monday, 5/1/2017 - Friday, 5/26/2017
Monday, 8/14/2017 - Friday, 9/8/2017
Monday, 10/16/2017 - Friday, 11/10/2017

Description: Four-week online course that introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. It is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.

Course components:

  • Preservation as a formal library function, and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission.
  • The primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, emergency planning, and careful handling of collections.
  • The history and manufacture of physical formats and how this impacts on preservation options.
  • Standard methods of care and repair, as well as reformatting options.
  • Challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship.

2017 Schedule: The course is offered several times each year.  You only need to take one session. Sessions tend to sell out weeks in advance.

  • Session 1:  February 27 – March 24 - SOLD OUT
  • Session 2:  May 1 – May 26
  • Session 3:  August 14 – September 8  
  • Session 4:  October 16 – November 10 

Format:  Students receive login instructions one week prior to the course start date.  Students have 24/7 access to the course site for the four-week period, and aside from assignment and quiz deadlines, the course may be completed at their own pace.  Instructors provide guidance and feedback as students work their way through the course material.  Weekly, instructor-moderated chat sessions are the only live course events that students are asked to attend.

Weekly Chat Schedule:  The following times are tentative and may change according to instructor availability.

Week One: Thursday at 3:00 pm CDT
Week Two: Tuesday at 10:00 am CDT
Week Three: Friday at 2:00 pm CDT
Week Four: Wednesday at 11:00 am CDT

Learning Outcomes

Students will gain a solid introduction to the principles, policies, and practices of preservation in libraries and archives.

Who Should Attend

Designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections. Taking a web course is different than taking a traditional course in a classroom. Read Are You Ready for Online Learning to make sure the web course structure is right for you.


  • Donia Conn is Preservation Consultant for Cultural Heritage Collections.
  • Dawn Aveline is Preservation Officer at UCLA Library.
  • Karen O'Connell is Preservation Coordinator at Georgetown University Library.
  • Julie Mosbo is William and Susan Ouren Preservation Librarian at Texas A&M University Libraries.
  • Jacob Nadal is Executive Director, ReCAP, Princeton University Library.
  • Annie Peterson is Preservation Services at LYRASIS.
  • Roger Smith is Director of the Digital Library Program at University of California - San Diego.
  • Peter D. Verheyen is Research and Emerging Issues Analyst in the Program Management Center at Syracuse University Library.



$109 ALCTS members; $139 nonmembers

How to Register


Register online using the online learning registration site.  Courses are listed by session date.  Click on the “register link” located to the right of the session you are interested in.   You will be prompted to login with your ALA member ID or create a guest account, to begin the registration process.

By Mail

Register by mail (purchase order or check) by completing this print registration form. Tip: If you’re unable to open this “register by mail” link, right-click the link and save the form to your computer.


For registration related questions, call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 and speak to our customer service representatives.

Tech Requirements

A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors. There are predetermined start and end dates and a suggested pace which include interaction with the instructors and your classmates. Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation. Section quizzes are offered and feedback given, however, there is no final class grade.

The course web site will be open for 1 week prior to the start date for students to have access to Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. The course site will remain open 1 week after the end date for students to complete any sections and submit the course evaluation survey.


Contact Hours - 16 hours

ALCTS defines contact hours in line with the IACET standards on Continuing Education Units.

Certificates of completion are sent upon successful completion (passing score of 70% or higher) of the course.

This course is one-third of the Collection Management Elective course approved by the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP). Collection Management Elective FAQ


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or