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Promoting good handling

Preservation Advisory Centre Training Day

Thursday 7 February 2013

British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
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Ensuring the safe use of collections by staff and readers is both good practice and a cost-effective method of preventing damage. Risk assessments regularly find that use of collections presents a high risk of damage, yet it is a risk that is easily mitigated. This training day is aimed at library and archive staff with responsibility for writing, implementing or promoting handling and use policies. The day communicates the role of good handling practices in the preservation of library and archive collections, outlines methods of promoting good handling practices within organisations and to users, and provides information that supports library and archive staff with the implementation of handling policies. It is led by Jane Pimlott and Sarah Hamlyn of the British Library.

Feedback from previous participants

  • I learned many useful things - use of handling aids with respect to different types of book was particularly good.
  • In future, I will include the structure of materials in our training sessions - to put the reasons for safe handling into context for our staff.
  • I will definitely ramp up our guidelines and information given to visitors and staff when using collections - find new ways to communicate.


09.45 Registration
10.00 Welcome and introductions
10.15 Library and archive materials: their vulnerability to handling/use
11.15 Break
11.45 Tools and equipment
12.30 Lunch
13.15 Promoting good handling to users
14.00 Promoting good handling in-house
14.45 Break
15.00 Standards and policies
15.45 End

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I would like to book a place on the Preservation Advisory Centre training day ‘Promoting good handling’ on 7 February 2013.

Fee (including refreshments and lunch) £100.00 + VAT = £120



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Preservation Advisory Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7612
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