Preservation Tips

In honor of Preservation Week and the 30th Anniversary of the Preservation Standing Committee, the Committee introduced a monthly feature, the “Preservation Tip of the Month,” in April 2013. The monthly tip, sent as an e-mail via the TS-SIS discussion list, highlights tricks, resources, and collections to help you reach your preservation goals.

If you have topics you would like to see highlighted, or suggestions for resources, please send those to Narine Bournoutian at nbournoutian@law.columbia.edu.

December 2018

The MetaArchive Cooperative is a community of libraries that runs a distributed digital preservation network. If you have ever been interested in learning more about their activities, or getting the latest updates on their available resources, they have recently launched their first issue of a new quarterly newsletter. Even if your library is not a member of the Cooperative, they offer a variety of useful digital preservation resources.

November 2018

November’s preservation tip is IFLA’s Preservation and Conversation Strategic Programme. Their page has a helpful list of resources, as well as notices about upcoming events, conferences, and workshops worldwide.

October 2018

Need something to listen to on your commute, at your desk, or while folding laundry? The Preservation Committee would like to share a few podcast episodes related to preservation topics. We hope that they are both entertaining and informative!

September 2018

This month’s preservation tip features LYRASIS’s Preservation pages. Among their various offerings are pages of preservation publications and resources and digital toolboxes for digitization. LYRASIS also has a mix of free and paid preservation training webinars/classes and links to current grant projects.

August 2018

The Library of Congress has a useful page of Digital Preservation Outreach and Education online trainings. Although the calendar for scheduled webinars/trainings is no longer updated, the “Anytime Trainings” is a collection of webinars from such institutions as the Society of American Archivists , Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

July 2018

Sometimes your fellow librarians are your best resource, as evidenced by the Connecting to Collections Care Online Community. This group offers free preservation and conservation resources, webinars, and courses. In addition, they have a thriving online discussion forum, where you can ask community members for advice, as well as browse through conservation challenges that colleagues from varied libraries are facing. Want to compare vendors or choose between supply brands? Looking for tips on safely boxing fragile papers, restoring old photographs, even the proper structural support for a 1860’s ball gown lined with boning? Whether your problem is unique or mundane, someone on the forum may have the answer!

June 2018

Have some down time this summer? Why not take advantage of it to catch up on some preservation training? The Digital Preservation Education department of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources has a detailed resources list. It includes best standards documentation and free webinars and tutorials for all your digital preservation project planning and management needs.

May 2018

This month, the Preservation Committee highlights the free e-journal e-Preservation Science— “scientific research for the preservation of cultural heritage.” The annual publication consists of papers on a variety of topics in preservation research, including stability and condition studies and materials/procedures information. It is a fascinating look at the more scientific aspects of preservation, as well as detailed explorations of varied artifacts. No matter what sort of formats and materials you have in your collection, there may be something of interest in their back issues!

April 2018

ALA Preservation Week is April 22-28. As always, make sure to check out ALCTS page for resources and free webinars. This year’s offerings include valuable sessions on preserving both personal and community heritage materials. If your library need some celebration ideas, ALA also features event planning resources and toolkit for inspiration!

March 2018

How prepared is your institution if an unexpected disaster strikes? The Museum of Modern Art has a list of disaster recovery resources for museums, libraries, and archives. These include organizations who provide 24/7 disaster assistance advice, health and safety information, best practices for preparedness, and links to local and national recovery service vendors.

February 2018

Once again, ALCTS is offering its four-week web course: Fundamentals of Preservation. They offer four different sessions, starting from February 26 and running through November 16. The course features weekly instructor-moderated chats that students are asked to attend live, with set assignment and quiz deadlines- but otherwise, students may complete the work at their own pace.

JANUARY 2018

Are you planning any AV preservation projects? Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (MIPoPS) has a handy resource list, including tips for vendor proposals, metadata standards, and digitization best practices for both analog and born digital materials.