Introduction to Archival Preservation

Monday, January 4, 2016 to Monday, March 14, 2016


Archives Association of British Columbia distance education course Introduction to Archival Preservation.

This course will take place January 4 - March 14, 2016 and will introduce students to the concepts and practices behind the preservation of paper records, photographs, machine readable records and electronic media. Students will also learn about the design of archival buildings and storage areas, how to safely exhibit archival records, emergency planning and how to implement preservation management strategies.
Course registration is open until December 7, 2015.

Using the textbook Preserving Archives and Manuscripts by Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler (2010) students will be introduced to archival preservation in seven modules. The textbook will be supplemented with articles, survey tools and condition reporting assessments available on the Internet.

Students will also receive, by electronic mail, a self-study guide which includes instructions, supplementary reading where applicable, self-study questions, and in most modules, a practical project. The self-study questions and projects will be submitted to the Instructor for evaluation.

Topics for the modules include:

Module 1.    Basic concepts and terminology in archival preservation

Module 2.    Basic material science of paper records and photographs

Module 3.    Basic material science of machine readable records and electronic media

Module 4.    Concepts for understanding design requirements for archives buildings and storage environments

Module 5.    The exhibition of archival records

Module 6.    Basics of emergency planning

Module 7.    Preservation management planning


Students can expect to work 10-12 hours a week for the duration of the course.

Upon completing all the projects within the allotted time, students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Instructor: Lisa Glandt, AABC Education and Advisory Services Coordinator

Please contact the Instructor immediately upon registering for a textbook order form at Students must purchase the textbook directly from the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in order to get a discount.

Cost for the textbook is $65.00 USD.


For more information and to register, please click here.