Fundamentals of Preservation 2022 - Session 1.0

Description: 

The Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP) web course is a four-week online course that introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. It is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.

Course components:

  • Preservation as a formal library function, and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission.
  • The primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, emergency planning, and careful handling of collections.
  • The history and manufacture of physical formats and how this impacts on preservation options.
  • Standard methods of care and repair, as well as reformatting options.
  • Challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship.

The course is offered several times each year. You only need to take one session. Sessions tend to sell out weeks in advance.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will gain a solid introduction to the principles, policies, and practices of preservation in libraries and archives.

Who Should Attend:

Designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections. 

Format: 

Students have 24/7 access to the course site during the four-week session that they register for, and aside from assignment and quiz deadlines, the course may be completed at their own pace. Instructors provide guidance and feedback as students work their way through the course material. Weekly, instructor-moderated chat sessions are the only live course events that students are asked to attend. The chat schedule will be posted to the course.

Core Code of Conduct:

Please review the Statement of Conduct before registering.

Tech Requirements:

A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors. There are predetermined start and end dates and a suggested pace which include interaction with the instructors and your classmates. Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation. Section quizzes are offered and feedback given, however, there is no final class grade.

The course web site will be open for 1 week prior to the start date for students to have access to Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. The course site will remain open 1 week after the end date for students to complete any sections and submit the course evaluation survey.

Credits:

Contact Hours - 16 hours

Core defines contact hours in line with the IACET standards on Continuing Education Units.

Certificates of completion are sent upon successful completion (passing score of 70% or higher) of the course.

This course is one-third of the Collection Management Elective course approved by the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP). Collection Management Elective FAQ

Contact:

For all other questions or comments related to Core continuing education events, please contact tferren@ala.org.