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NEDCC Offers Fall Preservation Workshop Series

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) announces its fall series of one-day preservation workshops in association with the Bay State Historical League, the Essex National Heritage Commission, and the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System. This series is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Five workshops will be taught by NEDCC staff at NEDCC's Andover, Massachusetts, facility. A special sixth workshop on grant writing will be held at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Getting Started with Preservation: Planning a Practical Program 
Tuesday, September 21

Helps participants better understand preservation problems that they are likely to encounter at their institutions. Explores the critical role of the environment and storage and handling procedures that can extend the life expectancy of collections. Includes a "virtual survey" of an actual site in an exercise to develop an action plan.


Basic Book Repair
Thursday, September 30
Offers information about managing a book repair program and provides hands-on experience in basic book- and paper-repair techniques for general library collections. Discusses the place of book repair within a larger preservation program, selection and treatment decision-making, appropriate materials for book repair, and setting up in-house capabilities. 


Note this special workshop in Lexington:
Writing Grant Proposals for Preservation and Digitization Projects
Wednesday, October 6
Guest speaker Tom Clareson of OCLC Online Computer Library Center provides a national perspective on funding for preservation and building digital collections. Teaches participants how to establish a grants program, identify potential funders, and develop proposals for state, local, and foundation funding sources. Includes hands-on exercises, tips for writing competitive applications, and a panel discussion with funders and reviewers. Held at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA.


Identification and Care of Photographs

Thursday, October 21

Focuses on the identification of historical photographic prints, the deterioration problems typical of each type, low-cost preservation strategies, and practical storage solutions. Participants may bring in examples for discussion.


Preservation of Scrapbooks
Tuesday, November 2
Examines the range of preservation challenges that scrapbooks and albums present and possible solutions for their care, as well as selection and preparation for microfilming. Participants may bring in examples for discussion.


Children's Book Repair
Tuesday, November 9
Discusses the construction of children's books and the equipment and supplies needed to repair them. Hands-on exercises explore basic repairs to a range of children's book structures. 


Workshop Costs
One person attending one workshop: $125

One person attending 2 or more workshops: $110 per workshop

Two or more people from the same institution attending one or more workshops: $110 per person, per workshop  


All workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit www.nedcc.org for detailed workshop descriptions, registration information, and directions. For questions about content, contact Lori Foley, lfoley@xxxxxxxxx, 978.470.1010 ext. 223. For questions about registration, contact Ginny Hughes, ghughes@xxxxxxxxx, 978.470.1010 ext. 224.

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