NEDCC Care of Paintings Workshop

With a hat tip to Tufts Instructor Margherita Desy for pointing this out to us, the hopeful conservators and curators among you should go check out this workshop!

Care of Paintings Workshop
October 5, 2011
Workshop Location: Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
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NEDCC’s Care of Paintings workshop is part of a collaborative program with the Balboa Art Conservation Center and was developed in partnership with the New England Museum Association.

This workshop will cover the issues to consider when developing a collections care policy for traditional paintings on canvas or board. The workshop will be helpful whether you are establishing new procedures or making improvements to existing collections care policies.

Topics will include environmental issues, such as temperature, relative humidity, and pollutants; storage and display options; “best practices” for handling and transporting paintings; and housekeeping procedures. Participants will also learn practical remedial care methods and will be provided with guidelines for working with a conservator.

The workshop will be led by a professional paintings conservator from the Balboa Art Conservation Center in San Diego, CA.

Workshop Time: 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Workshop cost: $150 ($130 early bird registration)

To register online, click here.

NEDCC’s Preservation 101 Online Course

From NEDCC comes a really interesting-looking online course in the basics of preservation. At only $600, it’s actually relatively inexpensive in the grand scheme of things:

Preservation 101:
Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections
The Online, Instructor-led Course

Course Dates: January 12, 2012 – July 20, 2012

Registration Deadline: December 30, 2011
Course size is limited to 24 participants – register early!

Course Cost: $600

Benefits of Attending
In eight sessions, participants will learn strategies to make informed preservation decisions that can prolong the active life of collections and help reduce the costs of conservation treatment. The course includes eleven interactive webinars in conjunction with an online classroom environment in which participants work closely with the instructor and online classmates. Activities will guide participants through a full preservation assessment of their institution, yielding valuable data for grant applications. Participants will also create an institutional collections disaster plan, which will help prepare the institution for emergencies large and small.

Cost-effective Training
The Preservation 101 course is a cost-effective program that offers a total of 22 hours of instructor-led training time; online course work and homework assignments that help participants learn key concepts; and the ability to exchange ideas and coach one another via the class forum – all at an affordable cost.

Who Should Attend
Preservation 101 is tailored to librarians, archivists, town clerks, curators, and collections or records managers who have (at least) part-time responsibility for preservation of historical or special collections or of primary research materials, or those who are interested in preservation training for professional development. The course covers the preservation of materials including: books, manuscripts, records, photographs, ephemera, maps, other paper-based or documentary formats, audiovisual materials, and digital collections.

Preservation 101 consists of eight sessions
One or two webinars will be conducted for each session to present detailed information on each topic. Session topics: Introduction to Preservation, Deterioration of Paper Collections, Deterioration of Film and Electronic Media, The Building and Environment, Collections Care, Reformatting and Treatment, Disaster Planning, and Building a Preservation Program.


For complete information and to register online:
Preservation 101

NEDCC Summer Preservation Webinars

Heads up on these great webinars – one of them has an early-bird registration discount that ends today.

Care and Handling of Scrapbooks
Live online webinar
When: Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 2 – 4 PM
Cost: $95 ($80 Early-bird Registration)
Early-bird discount available until Jun 28 – HURRY!

An introduction to the structure of scrapbooks, types of materials commonly found in them, methods of attachment, and the implications for preservation and conservation. Low-cost, in-house preservation approaches are discussed.

This introductory webinar is designed for those new to library collections care or those with private or family collections.


Pest Management
Live online webinar
When: Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 2 – 4 PM
Cost: $95 ($80 Early-bird Registration)
Early-bird discount available until July 19

An introduction to the best practices for protecting against pest infestation and what to do if a problem with pests is identified. The common types of pests found in libraries, archives, and museums will be discussed.

This introductory webinar is designed for those who wish to know more about controlling pests in their institution.

Visit the NEDCC Training Calendar
for more information and online registration, as well as the complete list of workshops and webinars through November.

Free Preservation Webinars from the Image Permanence Institute

The Image Permanence Institute, an NEH-funded organization based out of the Rochester Institute of Technology, is hosting a series of free webinars addressing a variety of conservation issues.

The next webinar, “Managing the Storage Environment in the Southeast Region,” is on December 15th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., EST.

For more information about the webinar series, check out their website.

(PS – I heard about this through the Northeast Document Conservation Center‘s email list. You, too, can stay informed – sign up here.)