Preservation, Conservation & Risk Management

Preservation n. ~ 1. The professional discipline of protecting materials by minimizing chemical and physical deterioration and damage to minimize the loss of information and to extend the life of cultural property. - 2. The act of keeping from harm, injury, decay, or destruction, especially through noninvasive treatment. - 3. Law · The obligation to protect records and other materials potentially relevant to litigation and subject to discovery. Note: Preservation is sometimes distinguished from conservation, the latter describing treatments to repair damage. However, preservation activities are often considered a sub-discipline within the profession of conservation.

Conservation counters existing damage, as distinguished from preservation, which attempts to prevent damage. Conservation does not always eliminate evidence of damage; restoration includes techniques to return materials to their original appearances (which may include fabrication of missing pieces). - However, conservation is often used to include preservation activities.

Risk Management n. ~ The systematic control of losses or damages, including the analysis of threats, implementation of measures to minimize such risks, and implementing recovery programs.

PRESERVATION & Conservation

Article | The education of staff and users for the proper handling and care of archival materials: a RAMP study with guidelines By Helen Ford UNESCO

Book | Basic Conservation of Archival Materials : Revised Edition, 2003 Chapter 6 – Collections by CCA

Book | Document Repair Hardcover – May 1971 by D.B. Wardle on

Article | RLG Guidelines for Microfilming to Support Digitization by RLG

Article | Shelving for Archival Storage – Key Issues by ICA Committee on Archival Buildings in Temperate Climates (ICA/CBTE)

Article | Moments of Risk: Identifying Threats to Electronic Records David Bearman

Guide | Syracuse University Library Environmental Guidelines by Donia Conn


Article | Guidelines for the Long Term Preservation of CDs and DVDs by CCI

Article | Storing Archival Paper-Based Materials by National Parks Services

Guide | Native Languages Archives Repository Project Reference Guide

Archival Risk Management

Manual | Risk Assessment Handbook by The National Archives

Article | Risk Management in Libraries, Archives and Museums by Alpaslan Hamdi

Web | Managing Information Risks by UN

Manual | Digital Preservation Handbook by DPC

Article | Moving library and archive collections by British Library

Web | Preservation Management by Smithsonian Institution Archives

Article | Building an Emergency Plan by Getty Conservation Institute

Web | Conservation Notes: Get to know a hygrothermograph by AGO

Web | NEDCC Preservation Leaflets

Article | Advice sheet: Monitoring temperature and humidity in museums by Scottish Museums

The video takes viewers inside the preservation lab at the National Archives where specialists construct custom boxes for items as varied as a Cold War-era pistol and a 1761 Indian treaty. The boxes can be simple affairs, built to house a book -- or extremely complex, holding multiple, related items in multi-chambered constructions.

Preservation, Conservation & risk management resources

Web | Resources for Conservation Professionals by Conservation OnLine (CoOL) 

Web | Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes by Government of Canada

Guide | The Preservation Checklist by Paper and Book Repair

Web | identifying errors and anomalies in analog and digital video by AVAA

Article | Videotape Identification and Assessment Guide by Texas Commission on the Arts

Manual | HANDBOOK FOR DIGITAL PROJECTS: A Management Tool for Preservation and Access by Maxine K. Sitts

Web | FIRST AID FOR FIRE DAMAGE by NFSA Video Tapes PDF / Audio Tapes PDF

Blog | Caring for Your Collection by PAMA

Sample | Condition Report Form Example

Webinars | Photographic Process Identification Webinars by IPI

ToolACTS FACTS Newsletter Archives promotes the advancement of expert knowledge of materials and technologies, and mastery of conservation and preservation by ACTS FACTS

Tool |  the Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation, works together to strengthen and advance graduate-level education and training in art and heritage conservation.This site contains the presentations and posters of students at the ANAGPIC conference since 2005 by ANAGPIC

Tool | While not peer-reviewed, these post-prints present information about current topics in conservation as well as insight into conservation treatments by AIC Photographic Materials Group (PMG)