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 to include both photographic media and digital records.

A range of guest speakers will introduce many of the topics which will include, the complexities inherent in specifying buildings for collections, the application and use of standards, options for moving archives and libraries, a practical session utilising digital preservation software, the preparation of collection material for digitisation programmes, the challenges presented by photographs, film, and audio visual materials, and the management of digitisation projects (including the impacts of the conservation needs of collections). There will also be opportunities to hear experts talk on the role of preservation as an integral part of collections management, and on the cleaning and handling of rare books.

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:

· Preservation course outline and aims; the role of preservation in the long-term care of collections

· The specification and project management of new archival building

· The interpretation and utilisation of standards

· The function and integration of environmental monitoring within preservation management

· Visit to the University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre, including the Stanley Kubrick Archive. 

· Moving archives and library collections; cleaning handling and book structure

· The practical application of digital preservation software

· Preparing archive collections for digitisation

· Photographic preservation

· Preserving sound archives; visit to the British Library Sound Archive

· The conservation perspective on digitisation projects; collection needs

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. Forde, H. and Rhys-Lewis, J., Preserving Archives, 2nd edition, Facet Publishing, 2013

2. A general awareness of the issues covered by both:

• British Standards Institution, Recommendations for storage and exhibition of archival documents, PD 5454: 2012

• British Standards Institution, Specification for managing environmental conditions for cultural collections, PAS 198: 2012

3. British Standards Institution and the Collections Trust, Code of practice for cultural collections management, PAS 197:2009

Taught by: Jonathan Rhys-Lewis, ACR

Further information for students currently taking this module

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