Surveying your Preservation Needs

The Vermont Department of Libraries is pleased to offer a full-day (9:30-3:00) workshop, conducted by a preservation professional from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), designed to help libraries identify, assess, prioritize, and address their preservation needs. It will be offered in four locations around the state. To register, click on the link below. You will find a full description of the workshop below the registration links. Please pass this along to your colleagues who may be interested. Please contact Mara Siegel (828-3261) if you have any questions.

Surveying Your Preservation Needs – Shelburne Town Center April 10

Surveying Your Preservation Needs – Northeast Regional Library, St Johnsbury April 11

Surveying Your Preservation Needs – Fletcher Memorial Library, Ludlow April 15

The format will include lecture, discussion, and small-group activities. The agenda for this workshop covers:

I. Preservation surveys
a. The importance of a survey
b. The scope of the survey
c. Who should conduct the survey?

II. Surveying the institution
a. The mission
b. The collection development policy
c. The collections

III. Surveying the building
a. The building structure
b. The building environment

IV. Surveying the collections
a. Needs of specific formats

V. Preservation planning
a. Summarizing preservation needs in a report
b. Setting priorities
c. Making the case to resource allocators

VI. Wrap-up
a. Questions
b. Evaluations

Along with NEDCC technical leaflets and an extensive resource list on preservation planning, each participant will receive the NEDCC workbook Assessing Preservation Needs, which contains detailed checklists and instructions to guide the self-survey process. Following the workshop, NEDCC staff will be available to provide telephone or email advice, at no cost, as participants complete the checklists in the self-survey workbook

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