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Stephanie A Lamson
LIS 507
Seattle Campus

Preservation and Conservation of Library Materials

Consideration of the many factors contributing to the physical vulnerability of library materials of all kinds and an overview of resources and strategies for those who determine preservation policy or manage the application of such policy. No technical background necessary.

Class description

Preservation encompasses the activities that prevent damage to library collections as well as activities that address existing damage. In this introductory course, we will explore the range of preservation and conservation activities in libraries that prevent damage and extend the life of library materials, including proper handling, housing, and storage, environmental monitoring and control, and disaster planning. We will also explore the major causes of deterioration as well as different preservation activities that address existing damage including treatment, replacement, and reformatting.

Student learning goals

To understand key concepts and terms in preservation, including the major causes of deterioration of library and archival materials.

To build an understanding of the options and strategies for preserving library and archival collections.

To recognize and appreciate preservation as a central function of libraries and archives and to explore the relationships between preservation and other library functions.

To become familiar with and to evaluate information resources on library and archival preservation.

To be able to research preservation issues and apply knowledge to practical situations in libraries, archives, and/or museums.

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Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stephanie A Lamson
Date: 03/28/2014