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Preservation and Emergency Planning

General Resources

  • For a list of Conservators in British Columbia, please contact the EAS Coordinator.

CCI Notes Canadian Conservation Institute

NEDCC Preservation Leaflets Northeast Document Conservation Center

Conserv O Grams US National Parks

CoOl -- Conservation Online Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation

Sustainable Preservation Strategies Image Permanence Institute - video

Resources for professionals U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Library of Congress Preservation Library of Congress 

CLIR Publications Council on Library and Information Resources

The Safeguarding of Audiovisual Heritage: Ethics, Principles, Preservation Strategy International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)

Needs Assessments and Policies 

Developing a Conservation Policy for the Museum Ontario Museum Notes #4

PRONI Preservation of Records Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Assessing Preservation Needs: a Self-Survey Guide  Northeast Document Conservation Center

Building Blocks for a Preservation Policy National Preservation Office, UK

Condition Assessment Tools 

Preservation Self-Assessment Program University of Illinois 

Audiovisual Self-Assessment Program AvSAP - University of Illinois

Sound Directions Field Audio Collection Evaluation Tool FACET - Indiana University

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI): Framework for Preserving Heritage Collections: Strategies for Avoiding or Reducing Damage

Preservation of Paper

Paper and Books CCI Notes, Canadian Conservation Institute

IPH: welcome to fibre space International Association of Paper Historians

Preservation of Photographs

Wilhelm Imaging Research

Image Permanence Institute

Cold Storage of Photographs at the City of Vancouver Archives Canadian Council of Archives

Cold Storage  (US National Park Service)

The Storage Guide for Color Photographic Materials  Image Permanence Institute

A Guide to the Preventive Conservation of Photograph Collections by Bertrand Lavédrine (Getty Conservation Institute, 2003)

Preservation of Sound and Film 

Image Permanence Institute

A/V Artifact Atlas 

Videotape  Identification and Assessment Guide Texas Commission on the Arts

Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives

Film Preservation Guide: The Basics for Archives, Libraries and Museums National Film Preservation Foundation (pdf download)

Care for AudioVisual Materials National Film and Sound Archive, Australia - see also the Technical Guide for Film Preservation

Audiotape Digitisation Workflow Training for Audiovisual Preservation in Europe

British Film Institute – Open reel to open source: digital preservation of
the UK’s videotape heritage

Preservation of Digital & Electronic Records

Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Program Technical Guidelines Library of Congress

PADI gateway to international digital preservation resources National Library of Australia

CLIR Reports Council on Library and Information Resources:

    • Pub 141. Preservation in the Age of Large-Scale Digitization, A White Paper / Oya Y. Rieger. February 2008
    • Pub 92. Authenticity in a Digital Environment. May 2000
    • Pub 80. Why Digitize?/ Abby Smith. February 1999
    • Pub 69. Digitization as a Method of Preservation? / Hartmut Weber and Marianne Dorr. October 1997

Electronic Storage Media CoOl - Conservation Online

Sustainability of Digital Formats Library of Congress

Handbook for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation & Access Northeast Document Conservation Center

Preservation of Oral History

Principles and Best Practices Oral History Association

Oral History in the Digital Age Institute of Museum and Library

How to do Oral History Smithsonian Institution Archives

Library of Congress - Care, Handling, and Storage of Audio Visual Materials

CLIR Reports - Magnetic Tape Storage and Handling: A Guide for Libraries and Archives by John Van Bogart

Canadian Conservation Institute - Caring for audio, video and data recording media - Preventive conservation guidelines for collections

Disaster Preparedness Planning

Building an Emergency Plan: A Guide for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions. The Getty Conservation Institute

Emergency Preparedness: Introduction Library of Congress Preservation

First Aid for Fire Damaged Audio Visual Material National Film and Sound Archive - Australia

Preventive Conservation CCI Notes, Canadian Conservation Institute

Emergency Management BC Provincial Emergency Program


  • Mould Prevention and Collection Recovery: Guidelines for Heritage Collections (CCI Technical Bulletin #26) by Sherry Guild and Maureen MacDonald. (Canadian Conservation Institute, 2004)
  • A Guide to the Preventive Conservation of Photograph Collections by Bertrand Lavédrine. 2003
  • An Ounce of Prevention: Integrated Disaster Planning for Archives, Libraries, and Record Centers by Johanna G. Wellheiser. 2nd ed. Boston: Scarecrow Press, 2002
  • Help! A Survivors Guide to Emergency Preparedness by Cynthia Ball and Audrey Yardley-Jones, eds. Edmonton: Museums Alberta, 2001
  • New Tools for Preservation: Assessing Long-Term Environmental Effects on Library and Archives Collections by James M. Reilly, Douglas W. Nishimura, and Edward Zinn. (Commission on Preservation and Access, 1995)
  • The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs: Traditional and Digital Color Prints, Color Negatives, Slides, and Motion Pictures by Henry Wilhelm and Carol Brower Wilhelm. 1993
  • Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic Prints by James M. Reilly. (Eastman Kodak Company,1986)

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