Library Preservation Today!

an ALCTS Virtual Preconference

This three-part virtual preconference will introduce participants to the fundamentals of managing preservation efforts in libraries, archives and historical societies. At the end of this preconference, participants will:

  • value preservation as a formal library function, and learn how it reflects and supports the institutional mission;
  • appreciate the primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, in extending the useful life of collections; and
  • understand some of the challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship.

Session 1.  Introduction to Library Preservation
A brief history of the subject, consider the meaning of preservation with respect to both analog and digital collections, outline what traditional programs encompass, and discuss how to start a program or develop what you have.

Date & Time: Monday, June 16 starting at 11 a.m. Pacific  |  12 p.m. Mountain  |  1 p.m. Central  |  2 p.m. Eastern

Presenter: Karen E. K. Brown, State University of New York - Albany

Session 2.  Environmental Monitoring and Control
A review of temperature, humidity, light, and pollution and how they can damage collections.  Standards for library storage, and ways of achieving better conditions, including low- and no-cost improvements, will be presented. The risk of pests and mold in libraries will also be addressed.

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 17 starting at 11 a.m. Pacific  |  12 p.m. Mountain  |  1 p.m. Central  |  2 p.m. Eastern

Presenter: Julie Mosbo, Texas A&M University

Session 3.  Preserving Digital Collections: An Overview
A primer, assuming little or no background in protecting and ensuring access to both born digital and digitized collections, including text, images, and AV collections. The presentation will provide tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 18 starting at 11 a.m. Pacific  |  12 p.m. Mountain  |  1 p.m. Central  |  2 p.m. Eastern

Presenter: Peter Verheyen, Syracuse University Libraries

Instructors

Karen E. K. Brown, State University of New York - Albany

Julie Mosbo, Texas A&M University

Peter Verheyen, Syracuse University Libraries

Registration

How to Register

No registration required. Access recordings now:

Day 1: Introduction to Library Preservation, Presented by Karen E. K. Brown.

Recording (.wmv)

Recording (YouTube)

Slides (.pdf)

Day 2: Environmental Monitoring and Control, Presented by Julie Mosbo.

Recording (.wmv)

Recording (YouTube)

Slides (.pdf)

Day 3: Preserving Digital Collections: An Overview, Presented by Peter Verheyen

Recording (.wmv)

Recording (YouTube)

Slides (.pdf)

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

If you receive a Codec error when playing the recorded file with Windows Media Player, download the gotowebinar codec file from: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/codec?Portal=www.gotomeeting.com The Codec acts as a patch that allows the recording, which is created with a higher version of Media Player, to play in version 7. For more information on playing the recording, see the FAQ.

Fees

Free.