preservation Fundamentals of Preservation: an ALCTS  Web Course *

Four-week online course that introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. It is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.

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…

Dates & Times – 2014 Sessions

  • Session 1:  March 10 – April 4
  • Session 2:  May 12 – June 6
  • Session 3:  August 18 – September 12
  • Session 4:  October 20 – November 14

Course Syllabus. Online chat sessions will be scheduled regularly throughout the four-week course.


  • 8 contact hours.
  • Certificates of completion are sent upon successful completion (passing score of 70% or higher) of the course.
  • This course is one-third of the Collection Management Elective course approved by the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP). Collection Management Elective FAQ…

Fee: $109 ALCTS members; $139 nonmembers

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Those interested in the digital side of the equation will also want to check outCharleston Seminars: Introduction to Data Curation being offered by the Charleston Conference and the UNC School of Library and Information Science