Free preservation webinars offered during Preservation Week, May 9-15

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS



For Immediate Release

April 20, 2010

Chicago-The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) announces two free live webinars to be offered during Preservation Week, May 9-15. Archival 101 and Mold Prevention and Remediation are designed for individuals with little or no experience in preservation practices and procedures, including the general public. The webinars are also very valuable for those with a little more experience who wish to pick up some helpful hints. The webinars are presented free of charge as a public service by ALCTS as part the activities of Preservation Week 2010. Libraries are encouraged to make the webinars available to their patrons. Libraries can register for the webinars and show them as part of their events for Preservation Week. No fee is required to attend the webinars, however registration is required in order to receive the link to the presentation.

Archival 101: Dealing with Suppliers of Archival Products

Tuesday, May 11th, 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT, 11 a.m. PDT).

Do you need to purchase archival supplies for your organization or even yourself? Are you confused by the terminology and not sure about what the differences between the various vendors are? Not finding exactly what you are looking for and unsure about adapting different products?
Archival 101 is designed to demystify the archival product market for the layperson and non-preservation specialist. The presentation will provide an overview of the conservation and preservation issues facing libraries, cultural organizations, and individuals, describe the terminology in use, discuss products and offer buying tips on the different ways these can be used. A list of links to other resources will also be provided.
Archival 101 is designed for individuals with little or no experience and will also provide the more experienced user with helpful hints.

Archival 101 is presented by Peter D. Verheyen, Head of Preservation and Conservation at Syracuse University. After beginning as work-study in preservation under John Dean at Johns Hopkins, he studied binding and conservation in Germany and Switzerland to become a rare book conservator working in private practice and research library preservation programs. He established the conservation lab at Syracuse for the treatment of special collections materials, and developed a high-density system for storing architectural drawings. In response to a need for efficient rehousing in anticipation of off-site storage he introduced Syracuse to the shrink-wrapping of volumes. The
Archival 101 presentation was originally developed for call center staff at Gaylord Bros. when he worked there as Archival Product Manager. It has since been presented regionally to varying audiences. ALCTS is pleased to have Gaylord as a Corporate Partner for Preservation Week.

To register for the Archival 101 session see:

Mold Prevention and Remediation

Thursday, May 13th, 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT, 11 a.m. PDT).

This webinar will introduce attendees to the basic types of mold, and describe the environmental conditions that promote mold growth in home and library collections. Prevention as well as remediation should mold growth occur will be covered. This webinar is geared to participants with little experience, but with lots of questions and concerns.

Mold is presented by Michele Brown, book conservator at Cornell University since 1995. She received a B.A. in English from Fordham University, and a Certificate in Hand Bookbinding and Restoration from the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts in 1977. She is enrolled in the distance learning MLIS program at the University of Alabama, and is scheduled to receive that degree in August 2010. She has conducted numerous workshops around New York State in disaster planning, care and handling, and mold prevention and remediation. In addition, she teaches bookbinding classes, conducts collection surveys, and maintains a small private practice.

To register for the session on Mold see:

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. Preservation Week is a cooperative initiative of ALCTS, the Library of Congress and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Other Founding Partners are the American Institute of Conservation, Society of American Archivists, and Heritage Preservation. Preservation Week is pleased to have Gaylord, Archival Products, and as Corporate Partners. Visit the Preservation Week Web site for more information: