ARST 587 (3)

PRESERVATION

Cross-listed with LIBR 587

PREREQUISITES:

MAS and Dual Students: completion of the MAS core courses

MLIS students should take LIBR 587

GOAL: To give you an understanding of the requirements and methods for preserving archival material

OBJECTIVES:

  • To prepare to make both planning and policy decisions regarding the preservation of collections.
  • To understand the structure and deterioration of common materials, and the current methods for extending their longevity.
  • To become familiar with information resources on preservation.
  • To gain familiarity with some basic environmental instrumentation and preservation techniques.

CONTENT:

  • Historical overview of preservation.
  • Conservation ethics.
  • Composition and degradation of common archival and library collections from a materials science perspective.
  • Integrated pest management.
  • Preservation microforms.
  • Strategies for environmental control.
  • Photograph identification.
  • Machine-readable media.
  • Emergency preparedness.