New Webcourse Announced by ALCTS

by | Apr 12, 2010 | 0 comments

ALCTS announces Fundamentals of Preservation, a new web course being offered May 10 – June 4, 2010.

The Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP) web course is an introduction to the principles, policies, and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. The course was developed by Karen Brown, University at Albany, SUNY, and Jacob Nadal, University of California, Los Angeles. It is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility.

Fundamentals of Preservation provides the tools needed to begin extending the useful life of library collections. Fundamentals of Preservation is part of a three-part Collection Management elective course approved by the Library Support Staff Certification Program. The course will be offered several times a year.

Instructors for this session: Karen Brown and Jake Nadal.

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

Format: the course 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 includes interaction with the instructors and 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.

Fees: $109 for ALCTS members; $129 for non-members.

Contact hours: 8 Each session is limited to 20 people.

For additional details and to register see:  For questions about registration, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior Registration Coordinator at 312-280-4293 or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4293, or email

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