Preservation News

Jane Hedberg


Simmons GSLIS online

Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is inaugurating two new online educational opportunities. In the summer of 2012, Simmons will begin to offer a post-master’s degree certificate in Digital Stewardship (DSC). It will consist of five courses covering the concepts and skills needed to create and manage the content, technologies, and user expectations of a sustainable digital repository. It can be completed in three or five semesters. Ross Harvey is the DSC program director and will teach the first course in summer 2012.

In the fall, Simmons will offer an online master’s degree program with a concentration in archival management. It is designed to extend the current on-campus archival concentration to distance learners through online course work and internships in locations convenient for the students. The archival concentration has a significant preservation component.

For more information about DSC, go to www.simmons.edu/gslis/academics/programs/certificate/dsc.php. For more information about the online master’s program, go to www.simmons.edu/gslis/online/index.php#amc or contact the Simmons GSLIS Admissions Office at phone: (617) 521-2868; e-mail: E-mail: .

Certificate in photo preservation

The George Eastman House (GEH) International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York, is launching an eight month certificate program in photographic preservation and collections management in September 2012. The program will cover the history of photography, photographic preservation, collections management, photographic process identification, digital preservation, understanding photograph conservation, cataloging photographs, and developing photo exhibits. Students will study and work with the GEH Museum collections alongside GEH faculty and staff. GEH also offers a two-year Master of Arts degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management in collaboration with Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

Tuition for the September 2012 to April 2013 certificate program is $15,000. For more information, go to http://education.eastman-house.org/PPCM/, or phone: (585) 271-3361, ext. 360; e-mail: E-mail: . For information about the master’s program, go to http://imagearts.ryerson.ca/photopreservation.

NEDCC disasters Webinar

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) has mounted “A Matter of When, Not If: Preventing and Preparing for Disasters” on its Web site. The Webinar is a recording of a presentation made by Donia Conn in March 2012 and runs for two hours. It covers the basics of emergency prevention, planning, response, and collections salvage.

The Webinar is available free-of-charge on the NEDCC Web site at www.nedcc.org.

Pest management

The Preservation Advisory Centre of the British Library has published Pests by David Pinniger, consultant entomologist. This 18-page booklet provides a brief introduction to managing pests in paper-based collections, including risks to collections, common species that threaten library materials, effects of temperature, relative humidity, cleanliness and building construction, monitoring and control, treatment of infested items, and institution of an Integrated Pest Management program.

This booklet is available free-of-charge at www.bl.uk/blpac/pdf/pests.pdf.

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