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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

You can also share your thoughts in our Google Group forum on the digital landscape here:!forum/faic-digital-landscape-project

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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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.

CoOL has supported you, but have you supported CoOL?

December 2014
Fletcher Durant

No matter what flavor of conservator you might be, Conservation Online hosts resources that better our field. Whether researching and reading through early JAIC issues or AIC Specialty Group post-prints or asking questions and posting jobs on the DistList, CoOL is the forum where conservators from around the world come together to share our knowledge in order to better serve our heritage.

Even though I have posted queries, researched treatments, and found both co-workers and jobs on CoOL, until recently, I never financially supported this key resource. I always assumed that whatever little sum I could give wouldn’t even be a drop in the bucket for CoOL’s annual operating expenses. 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