Library Preservation Today! an ALCTS Virtual Preconference

Three parts, three days: Monday, June 16-Wednesday, June 18

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.

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

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

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

Presenter: Julie Mosbo, Texas A&M University

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

Presenter: Peter Verheyen, Syracuse University Libraries

Each session is $43 for ALCTS members, or $103 for all three. Full details at http://www.ala.org/alcts/events/ac/2014/vc_preservation