L514Library Preservation: Principles and Practice
SUMMER II 2001
Instructor: Jo Burgess
Office: Wylie House Annex, 317 E. Second Street
Students will learn:
Students are expected to read and be prepared to discuss the materials on the readings list which will be handed out in class. Grades will be based on the following:
All assignments must be handed in on time.
First take home assignment due June 25: Select one special format, such as photographs, digital media, music materials, magnetic media, scrapbooks and albums. Research the preservation issues for this format, addressing the formats life expectancy, causes of deterioration, storage requirements, care and handling protocols, access issues, etc. Present the research as a succinct fact sheet supplemented by an annotated bibliography on the topic.
Take home test: Presented to class on July 2. Due July 9.
Second take home assignment due July 23: Select a country or continent other than the United States and report on preservation initiatives there or special issues that affect them (e.g., climate, lack of resources, lack of training). Note any cooperative arrangements between the country of choice and the U.S. Include annotated bibliography of sources consulted.
Students will choose one preservation topic to study in depth. The goal of the project will be the solution to a practical preservation problem found in libraries or archives. Students will draw upon the knowledge gained in class and from the readings and should consult at least ten substantial sources outside of the required readings. An annotated bibliography of these ten sources must accompany the final report. The written project should include a 1-2 page introduction to the problem addressed along with the goals and methodology for a solution; a description or narrative; an action plan; and appendices, which might include illustrations, diagrams, spreadsheets, sources, etc. Preservation issues and topics other than the chosen one which are relevant to the success of the plan presented should be incorporated. It should be written as though it was going to be presented to management for approval or to a funding agency. Length should be from 10-25 pages.
Students will present their final projects to the class in a 10-15 minute presentation on August 6 and 8. Lots will be drawn to see who presents on which date, but all final projects are due to the instructor on August 6.
Topics for projects:
Write a disaster plan for a library or archive.
Design and implement a care and handling program for all the staff in your chosen institution, including maintenance staff, support staff, etc.
Design and implement a collections condition survey for your chosen institution.
Design and implement a holdings maintenance program for an archival or manuscript collection.
Design a reformatting project for a named collection (such as book, film, electronic, etc.) for your chosen institution.
Design and implement a library binding program.
Design a fundraising effort for a preservation project or program in a specific institution including the identification of the funding agency and the application process.
Design a preservation plan for a named institution. For example, for a large public library, county archives, academic library, historical society, etc.
Design a preservation/conservation plan for a department of special collections.
Design and implement a plan for selecting and shifting materials to a remote storage facility.
Design and implement an environmental monitoring program for your chosen institution.
Design and implement a mass deacidification project for your chosen institution.