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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Heritage Preservation: Registration Open For Free, Online Collections Care Courses
Registration Open For Free, Online
Collections Care Courses
Heritage Preservation is proud to
announce Caring for Yesterday’s
Treasures—Today, a new series of free, onlinecourses about
the preservation of archival and historical collections. Tailored to meet
the needs and schedules of staff and volunteers at libraries and
archives, each course includes four to six 90-minute, interactive
webinars presented by preservation experts.
of libraries and 70% of archives have no emergency plan to protect
collections with staff trained to carry it out.
half of public libraries with rare or archival collections have no
staff assigned to preservation tasks.
and libraries have significant photograph and audio-visual
collections and, increasingly, digital materials.
and travel costs can be an obstacle for professional development.
The courses for Caring for Yesterday’s
Treasures—Today will address these issues and more.
Participants are encouraged to submit specific questions about
collections care to ensure that the courses are directly relevant to
The series will be conducted via the Connecting to Collections Online Community. Each course will have
its own Web page with handouts and links to additional resources. When
each course concludes, participants will be able to continue the
conversation with instructors and classmates via the Connecting to Collections Online
Participants will earn a certificate of completion if they attend all the
webinars in a course and submit simple homework assignments. Although
registration is free of charge, to enable participants to adjust their
work schedules and to indicate an institutional commitment to improve
collections care, we ask that participants submit a permission form
signed by their supervisor to attend these courses.