Core Competencies for Preservation Professionals

Tuesday, 4/14/2020 - Wednesday, 4/15/2020
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)
ALA and ALCTS are committed to supporting our members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times. We will continue to offer online learning opportunities, including webinars and the Exchange 2020, and will do our best to accommodate the remote needs of our attendees. Please contact ALCTS with any questions or concerns.

Just as the preservation profession has evolved, the range of skills needed to perform preservation, conservation, and overall preservation management functions have expanded. This e-Forum will initiate a profession-wide conversation to articulate the core competencies of the contemporary preservation professional. As preservation programming is a continued strategic investment, this discussion will provide insight to individuals exploring preservation as a profession and to administrators considering hiring a preservation professional.

Learning Outcomes

To assist with framing how to articulate core competencies, attendees will explore the following:

  • What preservation skill sets are employers seeking?
  • Where/how are preservationists being educated?
  • Are we teaching what the profession is defining as important?

Who Should Attend

Preservationists, conservators, educators, administrators, and others wishing to engage in outlining the competencies necessary to perform preservation functions from the time an individual enters the profession through the span of an individual’s career.


Beth Doyle is the Head of Conservation Services Department, and Leona B. Carpenter Senior Conservator at Duke University Libraries. She holds a B.A. in Photography from the University of Dayton (Dayton, OH), and an MLIS and Certificate of Advanced Study in Library and Archives Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She serves as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Preservation Consortium.

Martha Horan joined the faculty as Head of Preservation Strategies at the University of Miami Libraries in 2017. She has held positions at Yale University and George Blood LP, and was an IMLS Preservation Administration Fellow at the New York Public Library. She holds a Masters in Information Studies (MSIS) from the University of Texas at Austin and a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Preservation Administration from the Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a BA in Classics from Bates College.

Ian Bogus has served as the Executive Director of ReCAP since November 2017 where he has been concentrating on storage and shared collections. From 2010 to 2017, Ian was the inaugural MacDonald Curator of Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries where he developed their first comprehensive preservation program. He also held positions at Rutgers University and Yale University. Ian holds a BA and MLIS from Rutgers University and a Certificate in Preservation Management from the Preservation Management Institute.




How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Find instructions for subscribing online.

Once you have registered for one e-Forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for unsubscribing.

ALCTS Code of Conduct

Please review the ALCTS Statement of Conduct before registering.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection with email address. You can manage your subscription to this list following the online instructions.




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, please contact