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ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Preservation

Monday, May 10, 2010
8:00 am to 5:00 pm, US/Central

FOP Session: May 10–June 4, 2010

The Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP) web course is an introduction to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. It is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.

Course components:

  • Preservation as a formal library function, and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission
  • The primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, emergency planning, and careful handling of collections
  • The history and manufacture of physical formats and how this impacts on preservation options
  • Standard methods of care and repair, as well as reformatting options
  • Challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship


A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors. There are predetermined start and end dates and a suggested pace which includes interaction with the instructors and your classmates. Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation. Section quizzes are offered and feedback given, however, there is no final class grade.

Contact Hours: 8 hours

This four-week course will be offered from 2 to 3 times this year.  Each session is limited to 20 people.

Course Developers and Instructors

  • Karen E. K. Brown, Preservation Librarian, State University of New York - Albany
  • Jacob Nadal, Preservation Officer, UCLA Library


To register, complete the online registration form for the session you would like to attend.

For questions about registration, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior Registration Coordinator at (312) 280-4293 or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4293; or email at tferren@ala.org.


$109 ALCTS Members; $129 Non-Members


This course is part of a three-part Collection Management elective course approved by the Library Support Staff Certification program.