Contact Preservation.


The Preservation Department offers workshops and other programs on a broad range of subjects for the University and the wider Albany area community. We will also organize staff training opportunities as problems or challenges arise. We invite you to contact the Preservation Department if you have ideas or recommendations for future workshops.

Audio Digitization for Preservation & Access: April 26, 2016, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., Standish Room, Science Library

This half-day presentation with guest speaker Howard Besser will explore the challenges of planning and implementing audio digitization projects, including selection, legal issues with duplication and broadcast, and understanding standards and best practices. Dr. Besser is Director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation masters degree program (MIAP) at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. The event is free but registration is required as space is limited. To register email Karen E. Kiorpes, Include your full name and institutional affiliation. This program is supported by the New York State Library Division of Library Development. A copy of Dr. Besser's slides are available here.

Single Signature Pamphlet Binding: March 15, 2016

This one-day workshop will introduce pamphlet structures and the challenges of preserving pamphlet collections. Participants will learn how to sew 3- and 5- hole single signature pamphlets and side-sewn pamphlets. The cost will be $100 including lunch and supplies.

For more information and registration, click here for our flyer.

Basic Book Repair for General Collections: March 18 &19, 2015

In this two-day program you will learn about book structures, evaluating damaged materials and determining preservation options, working with a library binder, and three rebacking techniques, as well as minor repairs such as guarding and tipping-in loose pages. The cost is $200 including lunches.

For more information and registration, click here for our flyer.

Introduction to Paper Collections & Basic Repair Procedures: October 29 & 30, 2014

This two-day introductory workshop will help staff of small to medium size libraries, archives, and historical societies to become familiar with materials and basic methods for safe and effective paper repair. The focus will be on techniques for general collections that do not require expensive equipment and supplies. The cost is $200 including lunches.

As of September 19, 2014, the registration for this workshop is closed. Please call Karen Kiorpes at 518-437-3923 if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Preservation Open House: May 3, 2014

Join us and colleagues at the NYSL and NYS Museum on Saturday, May 3 to learn how to keep your family treasures safe and ensure they will be around for future generations. Bring examples of your family collections and our book and paper conservators will offer personalized advice on storing, handling, and caring for them. For more information, click here for our flyer. Everyone is welcome. Free and open to the public.

"Paperback Book Repair": NOTE NEW DATE: TUESDAY March 25, 2014

This one day workshop is open to regional libraries, archives and historical societies. We will teach you the best ways to stabilize paperback holdings in general circulating collections. $100 fee with lunch included.

"Mold in the Library": Wednesday November 13, 2013

The Preservation Department offered a workshop to help staff understand what mold is, what the risks are to people and collections, how to prevent mold, and what to do in the event of an outbreak. This workshop was held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Cobb Room, located on the lower level of the University Library. Click here for a pdf copy of the presentation slides.

            Ann Kearney and Karen Brown giving a community workshop in Albany