Last month’s blog posts for Preservation Week were interesting and inspiring. Building on this theme, here are some resources to expand your knowledge base in both print and digital preservation. I believe that our members are our best resources. Tell us what you’re doing! How do you gain expertise and provide training in your organizations? As a LIPA board member I am particularly interested in knowing about projects that might be used as models for broader LIPA member collaboration.

Northeast Document Conservation Center  Founded way back in 1973 as a conservation lab specializing in preservation and conservation of print-based collections, and now also include imaging services, audio preservation and more.  Check out the array of free resources available including webinars, workshops, leaflets, readings, course materials and Ask NEDCC service.

Lyrasis is another source of information and training in preservation. Low cost (and a few free) webinars cover topics from oral history preservation, to metadata for digitization and preservation. The Lyrasis Digitization Collaborative is worth exploring, and I see that Thurgood Marshall Law Library is listed as a participant.

You may also look for programs from your nearby Universities that are willing to conduct special sessions and collaborate with you on unique projects.  For instance Duke University’s Conservation Services publishes Preservation Underground blog with helpful tricks and techniques and their staff does onsite training at our law library annually.

Do you have rare treasures? American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works  has an online directory for finding a conservator by specialty and geographic location and information on how to choose a conservator. The website also provides links to publications and workshops.

Melanie Dunshee