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Help Plan the Digital Future of Conservation and Preservation

Please help FAIC gather information about the digital landscape of the conservation and preservation professions. By taking a short online survey, you can help us develop a snapshot of how computer programs, databases, and web-based resources are being used today by those who care for cultural collections, and what the digital needs and wishes might be for the future. The survey is at:

The FAIC online survey is part of a larger planning grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supplemented with funds from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Getty Foundation. The grants will help fund research, surveys, and discussions to determine how digital resources are currently being used, what resources are needed, and how FAIC might best serve the conservation profession moving forward. The study is expected to yield valuable information regarding the future of FAIC's Conservation OnLine and Conservation DistList resources.

Resources for Conservation Professionals

Conservation OnLine (CoOL) is a freely accessible platform to generate and disseminate vital resources for those working to preserve cultural heritage worldwide. Through the support of the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, CoOL is committed to growing and sustaining these resources into the future. As an authoritative and trusted source of information, CoOL serves to foster, convene, and promote collaboration.

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Use the CoOL Directory: Find People in and around Conservation.

Content on CoOL

The content of CoOL comes from a variety of sources, and we hope that all users will consider contributing some material to the project. As you use the server, please pay attention to lacunae that you might be able to help fill. If this is your first time here, please read an important message about copyright. If you would like to contribute material to CoOL, please send a note to wh. To report problems or offer suggestions, select the   links at the bottom of each page.

Why I Give to CoOL

by Richard McCoy
Did you know that nearly three-quarters of a million people will have visited Conservation OnLine this year alone? And that these visitors will have come from just about every country on the planet? While the majority of these visitors are from the U.S., this amount and variety of web traffic is a testament to the greatness and global importance of CoOL... read more


A sample of areas covered on this site...

Conservation of Cultural Property: Art conservation, Paintings conservation, Paper conservation, Photographic materials conservation, Book conservation, Sculpture conservation, Objects conservation, Artifact conservation, Wood conservation, Textile conservation

Materials: Archaeological materials, Architectural materials, Archives materials, Artifacts, Artists' materials, Electronic media, Electronic records, Historic materials, Library materials, Manuscripts, Modern materials, Museum materials, Natural history collections

Subjects: Biodeterioration, Collections care, Conservation education & training, Conservation science, Conservation suppliers, Conservation treatment, Conservators, Copyright, Degradation of materials, Digital imaging, Disaster planning, Documentation, Ethics, Health & Safety, Intellectual Property, Library Binding, Mass deacidification, Mold, Pest management, Preservation-related organizations, Reprographics, Restoration, Terminology



CoOL Hosted Sites:


Student Conference Papers


Photograph Conservation Initiative


(Archaelogical Conservators in Turkey)

Video Preservation


(Western Association for Art Conservation)

CoOL Hosted Archives:

Abbey Newsletter/ Alkaline Paper Advocate

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC)

Journal of Conservation & Museum Studies (JCMS)

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AIC Homepage