Preservation

Resources specifically related to the preservation or conservation of a specific media.

Photograph and Document Encapsulation Slides

These slides are an introduction to using encapsulation as a method of storage for two-dimensional items. This information is helpful understanding when encapsulation is beneficial to items in your collections, supplies needed, and different types methods. These slides are part of Module 3: Save It of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum.

Physical Preservation Slides

These slides are an introduction to general physical preservation for your collections, with some format-specific information. This information is helpful for a beginner's understanding to preservation including terminology, risks, environment, storage and handling, formats, and further resources. These slides are part of Module 3: Save It of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum.

Video and Film Introduction Slides

These slides are an introduction to video and film formats and some digitization quality basics. This information is helpful if you are at the start of working with video and film. These slides are part of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum.

Audio Formats, Care and Handling Slides

These slides are an introduction to care of audio formats and some digitization quality basics. This information is helpful if you are at the start of working with audio. These slides are part of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum.

Introduction to Images and Documents and Photo ID Slides

These slides are an introduction to working with images and documents, identifying formats, and some digitization quality basics. This information is helpful if you are at the start of working with photographs and images. These slides are part of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum.

Cleaning Baskets [Tutorial]

In this video, Nicole Grabow, Objects Conservator at the Midwest Art Conservation Center, provides a demonstration of a conservation technique for cleaning baskets. Some of the topics covered include: assessing the conditions of baskets, evaluating if baskets needs cleaning, use of brushes, handling baskets, and the materials needed for cleaning of baskets. This tutorial supplements Grabow’s session “Cleaning and Mending Baskets,” given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Folding Garments for Housing Collections [Tutorial]

In this video, Susan Heald, Textile Conservator at the National Museum of the American Indian, demonstrates how to fold garments for flat housing in collections. Heald discusses the materials needed to fold garments, how to set up a garment before folding it, and how to build padding to help in the folding process. This tutorial was recorded at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 10-13, 2016.

How to Build a Sink Mat for Preserving Photographs [Tutorial]

In this video, Amanda Maloney, Associate Photograph and Paper Conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center, provides a detailed demonstration on how to build a sink mat for preserving photographs. Maloney reviews the materials needed and steps to build the sink mat, and offers a couple of options on how to safely take the photographs out of the sink mat. This tutorial supplements the session, "Best Practices and Practical Solutions for Storing and Exhibiting Photographs" given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Museum Core Documents: Emergency Plan

In this video, Julie Hart, Senior Director of Museum Standards & Excellence at the American Alliance of Museums, provides an overview of one of the five core documents for museums: the Emergency Plan. Hart discusses what an emergency or disaster plan is, why it is important, the benefits of having an emergency plan in place, and the required elements for writing an effective emergency plan. This video supplements the session, "The Core Documents Your Museum Needs (Part 2 and 2)" given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.

Web Archiving with Archive-It [Tutorial]

In this video, Jefferson Bailey, Director of Web Archiving Programs at the Internet Archive, discusses web archiving and provides a demonstration of the Archive-It web service. Some of the topics covered include: how long web content lasts, why preserving and archiving web content is important, what Archive-It is, and why it is useful. This tutorial supplements the session, "Preserving Records in Digital Form" given at the 2016 ATALM annual conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 10-13, 2016.