LIBR 587 (3) Preservation [cross-listed with ARST 587]


MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of MLIS Core or permission of iSchool Graduate Advisor

MAS: students should take ARST 587

GOAL: To give you an understanding of the requirements and methods for preserving archival material


  • To prepare to make both planning and policy decisions regarding the preservation of collections
  • To understand the structure and deterioration of common materials, and the current methods for extending their longevity
  • To become familiar with information resources on preservation
  • To gain familiarity with some basic environmental instrumentation and preservation techniques


  • Historical overview of preservation
  • Conservation ethics
  • Composition and degradation of common archival and library collections from a materials science perspective
  • Integrated pest management
  • Preservation microforms
  • Strategies for environmental control
  • Photograph identification
  • Machine-readable media
  • Emergency preparedness
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