California Preservation Program

Helping preserve heritage collections

Training Tools

There are an increasing number of training tools available on the web for both general preservation awareness training and to address specific preservation topics. The presentations accessible from this website include PowerPoint and web-based tools and can be used with minor modification by libraries for training. The following are some examples of the types of training tools that are available. For more tools see the individual sections of this website.

Disaster Training:

Disaster Plan Exercise

A program designed to provide staff with experience in the implementation of an institution’s disaster plan.

Training for Staff and Student Workers:

Care and Handling of Books Self-paced program designed by the Northwestern University Library to teach correct handling of library materials.

Keeping Ideas Alive Power Point presentation with general book handling information geared to student workers, specifically those involved with shelving and circulation of materials. Developed by Loyola Marymount University .

Preservation of Library Collections: A Staff Education Program Outline of a preservation orientation session applicable to all library staff developed by the University of California, San Diego .

Proper Care and Handling of Books and Paper Materials Handling techniques encouraged by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Educating the Public:

Saving Family Treasures Links to websites with information on how to care for and store all sorts of heirlooms, media and personal objects .

Hold on to the Memories: Saving Family Treasures Power Point presentation designed to train library staff how to answer questions from the public on how to save their family treasures. Users have access to the notes which support the slides. This training program also has information leaflets that can be downloaded and printed as either text or in brochure format to sit on Reference and Circulation desks or as aids for public presentations. Currently, three brochures are available:Preserving Your ScrapbooksPreserving Your Photographs and Preserving Your Videos.

More Technical Information:

Book Repair and Pamphlet Binding Demonstrates a number of the procedures used on a daily basis by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Intended to show both the complexity of some procedures and the range of preservation decisions one must make for each individual item.

Preservation 101 Online course presented by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NDCC) and includes lessons covering Preservation Planning, Environmental Damage, Collections Care, Paper Preservation, Care of Photographs, and Emergency Preparedness as well as a resource list and care and handling guidelines.

Silverfish Abatement and Integrated Pest Management Presentation describing a specific silverfish infestation, but its content is applicable to any number of buildings housing cultural materials, such as libraries, archives, or historical societies. Also downloadable as a Power Point Presentation.

Ongoing Training Programs:

California Preservation Networks Networks that sponsor training events and workshops related to preservation and disaster preparedness & recovery.

Regional Alliance for Preservation Cooperative project to share preservation training resources.

Society of American Archivists Professional organization for archivists presents professional education workshops and preservation institutes.

Society of California Archivists Focuses on the support and development of individuals and institutions that collect, care for, and provide access to the documentary heritage of California . The organization sponsors, along with the California State Archives, an annual Western Archives Institute.

Preservation Educator’s Exchange Provides syllabi and outlines of course materials as well as additional resources for training.

OCLC Western Service Center Training Provides information about OCLC’s Digital and Preservation Resources training available through the OCLC Western Service Center.

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