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In safe hands? Guaranteeing our collections
for future generations

A Research Libraries UK and Preservation Advisory Centre joint seminar for RLUK members which explored the relationship between research libraries' approaches to preservation and conservation and the wider context of their overall strategy for collection management.

This one day seminar examined how research libraries are addressing collections issues in terms of decision making, risk assessment and prioritisation. Speakers presented on using preservation as a strategy now and in the future; using digital surrogates as a preservation strategy; issues around disposal and the need to preserve the national collection. The seminar consisted of a mixture of presentations and breakout discussion sessions and provided the opportunity to consider ways to take forward the work completed as part of the jointly funded three-year Preservation Learning Project which ends in March 2012.

The seminar was held 3 February 2012 at the British Library.


newspaper and kindle reader  

andrew green video

Text (PDF format) 48KB   Video

To what degree can you use digital surrogates as a preservation strategy now? (PDF format) 7.61MB
Andrew Green, Librarian, National Library of Wales

Library storage area   Katie Sambrook video
Text (PDF format) 247KB   Video

Preservation prioritisation at King’s College London
(PDF format) 247KB
Katie Sambrook, Special Collections Librarian,
King's College London

Book conservator at work   Caroline Checkley-Scott video
Text (PDF format) 459KB   Video

Preservation as strategy (PDF format) 5.72MB
Caroline Checkley-Scott, Collection Care Manager, The John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester

Botanical illustration   Chris Fowler video
Text (PDF format) 51KB   Video

What are you doing when you throw things away? (PDF format) 77KB
Chris Fowler, Faculty Lead Librarian for Health Sciences and Humanities, Head of Electronic Library Services,
University of Southampton

Copac statistics   Michael Emly video
Text (PDF format) 191KB   Video

Informed decisions: the Copac Collection Management Tools Project (PDF format) 620KB
Michael Emly, Head of Collection Services, Leeds University Library

Book with missing spine   Chris Banks video
    Video (PDF) 2.36MB

Above our heads - preserving the national collection
(PDF format) 2.36MB
Chris Banks, University Librarian, University of Aberdeen

In safe hands? The challenges for RLUK to make preservation a collaborative work (PDF format) 114KB

This document represents a consideration of where we have come from, where we are, and where we might go after three years of the successful joint training programme between RLUK and the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre. The document itself, along with this final workshop, and all the outputs of the joint programme will be evaluated by RLUK in the context of its current Strategic Plan.