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

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

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)