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Preservation and Emergency Planning

General Resources

  • For a list of Conservators in British Columbia, please contact the EAS Coordinator.

CCI Notes Canadian Conservation Institute

NEDCC Preservation Leaflets Northeast Document Conservation Center

Conserv O Grams US National Parks

CoOl -- Conservation Online Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation

Sustainable Preservation Strategies Image Permanence Institute - video

Resources for Professionals U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Library of Congress Preservation Library of Congress 

CLIR Publications Council on Library and Information Resources

The Safeguarding of Audiovisual Heritage: Ethics, Principles, Preservation Strategy International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)

Needs Assessments and Policies 

Developing a Conservation Policy for the Museum Ontario Museum Notes #4

PRONI Preservation of Records Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Assessing Preservation Needs: a Self-Survey Guide  Northeast Document Conservation Center

Building Blocks for a Preservation Policy National Preservation Office, UK

Archival Supplies


United States

    Condition Assessment Tools 

    Preservation Self-Assessment Program University of Illinois 

    Audiovisual Self-Assessment Program AvSAP - University of Illinois

    Sound Directions Field Audio Collection Evaluation Tool FACET - Indiana University

    Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI): Framework for Preserving Heritage Collections: Strategies for Avoiding or Reducing Damage

    Preservation of Paper

    Paper and Books CCI Notes, Canadian Conservation Institute

    IPH: welcome to fibre space International Association of Paper Historians

    Preservation of Sound and Film 

    Image Permanence Institute

    A/V Artifact Atlas 

    Videotape  Identification and Assessment Guide Texas Commission on the Arts

    Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives

    Film Preservation Guide: The Basics for Archives, Libraries and Museums National Film Preservation Foundation (pdf download)

    Care for AudioVisual Materials National Film and Sound Archive, Australia - see also the Technical Guide for Film Preservation

    British Film Institute – Open reel to open source: digital preservation of the UK’s videotape heritage

    Preservation of Digital & Electronic Records

    Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Program Technical Guidelines Library of Congress

    PADI gateway to international digital preservation resources National Library of Australia

    CLIR Reports Council on Library and Information Resources:

      • Pub 141. Preservation in the Age of Large-Scale Digitization, A White Paper / Oya Y. Rieger. February 2008
      • Pub 92. Authenticity in a Digital Environment. May 2000
      • Pub 80. Why Digitize?/ Abby Smith. February 1999
      • Pub 69. Digitization as a Method of Preservation? / Hartmut Weber and Marianne Dorr. October 1997

    Electronic Storage Media CoOl - Conservation Online

    Sustainability of Digital Formats Library of Congress

    Handbook for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation & Access Northeast Document Conservation Center

    Preservation of Oral History

    Principles and Best Practices Oral History Association

    Oral History in the Digital Age Institute of Museum and Library

    How to do Oral History Smithsonian Institution Archives

    Library of Congress - Care, Handling, and Storage of Audio Visual Materials

    CLIR Reports - Magnetic Tape Storage and Handling: A Guide for Libraries and Archives by John Van Bogart

    Canadian Conservation Institute - Caring for audio, video and data recording media - Preventive conservation guidelines for collections

    Disaster Preparedness Planning

    Building an Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions. The Getty Conservation Institute

    Emergency Preparedness: Introduction Library of Congress Preservation

    First Aid for Fire Damaged Audio Visual Material National Film and Sound Archive - Australia

    Preventive Conservation CCI Notes, Canadian Conservation Institute

    Emergency Management BC Provincial Emergency Program


    • Mould Prevention and Collection Recovery: Guidelines for Heritage Collections (CCI Technical Bulletin #26) by Sherry Guild and Maureen MacDonald. (Canadian Conservation Institute, 2004)
    • A Guide to the Preventive Conservation of Photograph Collections by Bertrand Lavédrine. 2003
    • An Ounce of Prevention: Integrated Disaster Planning for Archives, Libraries, and Record Centers by Johanna G. Wellheiser. 2nd ed. Boston: Scarecrow Press, 2002
    • Help! A Survivors Guide to Emergency Preparedness by Cynthia Ball and Audrey Yardley-Jones, eds. Edmonton: Museums Alberta, 2001
    • New Tools for Preservation: Assessing Long-Term Environmental Effects on Library and Archives Collections by James M. Reilly, Douglas W. Nishimura, and Edward Zinn. (Commission on Preservation and Access, 1995)
    • The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color Prints, Color Negatives, Slides, and Motion Pictures by Henry Wilhelm and Carol Brower Wilhelm. 1993
    • Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic Prints by James M. Reilly. (Eastman Kodak Company,1986)

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