One day preservation courses at the British Library

Conservation expert examining a photograph with a microscope.

The British Library and West Dean College of Arts and Conservation collaborate to deliver Continued Professional Development for those involved with care of libraries, archives and collections, and for conservation students.

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Spring and Summer 2022 courses

Preventing pests by integrated pest management (IPM)

Thu 12 May 2022 

Led by Val Blyth; preventive conservator consultant, specialist insect pest advisor. This one-day workshop provides an introduction to preventing pests through use of integrated pest management. The course is aimed at anyone with any involvement with, or responsibility for care of libraries, archives and collections. Technical handouts will be given to support the course.

Find out more and book online: Preventing pests by integrated pest management (IPM).

Preservation assessment survey workshop

Fri 27 May 2022 

Designed for library and archive staff (no previous knowledge of preservation is required), the workshop introduces a variety of collection survey methods, You will return to your collection with the knowledge to identify a relevant survey sample, understand what questions you need to ask and complete the practical steps necessary. explains the benefits of carrying out a survey, provides options for selecting a sample and includes a practical session allowing attendees to plan, measure, and compile survey data.

Find out more and book online: Preservation assessment survey workshop.

Environment: Effective monitoring and management

Thu 9 June 2022

This training day is aimed at people with responsibility for the care of library and archive collections. It is led by Jane Henderson, Professor of  Conservation at Cardiff University. Avoiding a 'one size fits all' approach to environmental parameters, the day helps you to understand the vulnerabilities and tolerances of your collections with a focus on humidity and temperature. It then shows how to set realistic and achievable targets that are appropriate to the materials in your care and the resources available to you. At the end of the day you will be in a strong position to take cost-effective decisions and prioritise actions for maintaining a sustainable environment.

Find out more and book online: Environment: Effective monitoring and management.

Digitisation - Planning & processes Day 1

Thu 30 June 2022

Digitisation can increase access to collections, provide surrogates for vulnerable originals and enable virtual reunification of collections. But how do you know where to start? What equipment do you need, what type of image should you create, how do you prepare items for digitisation and make plans for their digital access? This training day will answer those questions to enable you to start a digitisation project. It concentrates on ‘still image’ capture and outlines the processes involved in planning digitisation projects. It is focused on the digitisation of library and archive materials mainly from the British Library collections and other related projects. The day includes guidance on copyright licensing, metadata and workflow management.

Find out more and book online: Digitisation - Planning & processes Day 1.

Digitisation - Planning & processes Day 2

Fri 1 July 2022

Digitisation can increase access to collections, provide surrogates for vulnerable originals and enable virtual reunification of collections. But how do you know where to start? What equipment do you need, what type of image should you create, how do you prepare items for digitisation and make plans for their digital access? This training day is a practical follow-up to Day 1. It is focused on pre-digitsation assessments, imaging standards and equipment. Training opportunities will be facilitated through practical demonstrations and tours of digitisation areas.

Find out more and book online: Digitisation - Planning & processes Day 2.

Disaster response and salvage training

Thu 22 Sep 2022

This intensive course focuses on preparing for disaster response and salvage. The course uses experience of responding to real incidents to demonstrate how planning can minimise the impact of emergencies in libraries and archives as well as outlining the practical steps to take when responding to situations. With reference to case studies, the course includes strategies for dealing with damage, an emergency decision-making exercise and a major incident desktop scenario.

Find out more and book online: Disaster response and salvage training.

Damaged books and bound archives: Practical first steps

Mon 3 Oct 2022

This training day is aimed at librarians and archivists. It provides an overview of how books and bound archives become damaged, considers actions to minimise damage, and describes first steps to address common forms of damage. The training day is led by Caroline Bendix ACR (Independent Conservator).

Find out more and book online: Damaged books and bound archives: Practical first steps.

Dust and dirt: Strategies for prevention and management

Thu 3 Nov 2022

This training day builds an understanding of what dust is and why its management is important. It explores low-cost methods of monitoring dust and dirt and discusses methods of preventing its build-up. The day includes practical sessions on how to clean books and stack areas. It provides steps to follow when setting up a housekeeping programme and highlights what to think about if you are considering involving volunteers. The training day is led by Caroline Bendix ACR (Independent Conservator) and Karen Bradford (British Library).

Find out more and book online: Dust and dirt: Strategies for prevention and management.

Writing and using a preservation policy

Mon 21 Nov 2022

A preservation policy is a framework that enables an organisation to embed collections care and collections management within its structures and activities, and to understand the resources necessary to implement these key responsibilities. This training day explains the purpose and benefits of a preservation policy and provides guidance on writing a policy for your organisation. We will review examples of policies from a range of organisations and you will have experience of drafting a policy.

Find out more and book online: Writing and using a preservation policy.

Courses are £175 each and take place at the British Library. 

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