Course date

6 July - 17 July, 1998
Application deadline
15 February, 1998
Course Director(s): 

Trudy Huskamp Peterson

Open Society Archives, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Gabriella Albrecht-Kunszegi

Hungarian National Archives, Conservation, Budapest, Hungary

Wolf Buchmann

Bundesarchiv Koblenz, Koblenz, Germany

Margaret Crockett

Audata Ltd., London, United Kingdom

Helen Forde

ICA Committee on Preservation of Archival Materials, Paris, France

Beatrix Kartaly

National Szechenyi Library, Conservation, Budapest, Hungary

Maida Loescher

National Archives, United States of America

Nancy McGovern

Central European University, Open Society Archives, Budapest, Hungary
The course is intended for professional archivists in the region with 2 to 4 years experience, particularly those archivists who are in middle management and are expected to develop preservation strategies and programs. Participants will be given the opportunity to continue their professional development by exploring preservation issues and finding solutions. They will have the opportunity to interact with some of the leading teachers of archives methodology in the West and in the region, as well as building up contacts with their professional colleagues. The course does not focus on in-depth practical conservation skills and techniques and is not designed for conservators.
Course Description
The course will begin with an exploration of how to plan a preservation program. This will include a discussion of preservation needs assessment, of appropriate environmental control, and of practical conservation monitoring procedures. There will be a full day on disaster prevention and emergency planning, including identification of vital records and maintenance of vital records programs. One session will allow participants to explore how crucial preservation issues can be addressed during archival moves. A whole day will be dedicated to each of the three major archives formats (paper, electronic and audio-visual), focusing on selecting appropriate preservation measures and setting priorities for preservation. These three days will be pulled together afterwards in a half-day panel discussion on the use of reformatting (including digitising) as a preservation measure. Finally, there will be a morning dealing with the international context, and initiatives that are harnessing professional expertise across international borders.