INSTG002 Advanced Preservation

This course will analyse in greater detail the challenges inherent in preservation management, conservation programming and the collection needs of library and archival material. A range of guest speakers will introduce many of the topics which will include the management of risk, a holistic approach to moulds and pests and the challenges presented by photographs, film and audio visual materials. There will also be opportunities to hear experts talk on environmental issues, on research in conservation and on archival buildings.

Sessions will include practical work on case studies and a visit to at least one library/archive. The course also includes simple week by week research tasks and group discussions.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course, students will have an in depth knowledge of preservation principles and will be able to formulate both conservation and preservation programmes to address the needs of both library and archival collections. The course builds on the content of the archive module on preservation, but it is not essential to have taken that first.

Session by session (draft):

  • Preservation course outline and aims; The role of preservation in the long-term care of collections
  • Volunteering and Collections Care
  • Preserving sound archives; Visit to the British Library Sound Archive
  • Archive Buildings including the Glamorgan and Gwent Record Offices
  • Photographic preservation
  • Visit to the University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre, including the Stanley Kubrick Archive. 
  • Preparing archive collections for digitization
  • Moving archives and library collections; cleaning handling and book structure

Assessment: Assessment by coursework only

Optional for: MA, Diploma and Certificate students in Library and Information Studies, Archives and Records Management, Records and Archives Management (International). This module is also available for short course students
Prerequisites: The purpose of this course is to build upon and extend the study of preservation issues affecting archive and library collections. To ensure that participants get the full benefit of the analysis and discussions, it is advised that students need a good feel for, and basic grounding in, preservation management and planning. To assist those joining this course it is recommended that the following preparatory reading be undertaken:

1. A general awareness of the issues covered by both:
• British Standards Institution, Recommendations for storage and exhibition of archival documents, BS 5454: 2000
• National Archives, Standard for record repositories, The National Archives, first edition, (2004)
2. Forde, H., Preserving Archives, Facet Publishing (2007)
3. Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn, Preserving Archives and Manuscripts, SAA
    Archival Fundamentals Series (1993)
Taught by: Jonathan Rhys-Lewis
Further information for students currently taking this module

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