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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

Preservation in Massachusetts Libraries: Getting Started with Preservation

Subscribe and connect with Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Preservation Specialist Jessica Branco Colati and colleagues around the Commonwealth that work to advance the protection of cultural collections.


Note: We're renovating the Preservation in Massachusetts Libraries guide during Summer 2024. Please bear with us as we add, update, and reorganize MBLC's preservation resources.

Preservation Priorities

Preservation activities:

  1. Ensure safe and stable storage

  2. Improve collection management (i.e., knowing what you have--and where it is)

Preservation Primers

NEDCC - Preservation 101 Online Textbook - Welcome

Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections Online Textbook | NEDCC

Free online resource from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) providing an informative overview of an effective preservation program's core concepts, standards, and practices.

Books showing red rot

Preserving Your Books | Library of Congress

A guide to handling and storing books in order to prolong their life and prevent damage from the Library of Congress.

Archival boxes on shelf at NARA

Preservation | NARA

Online preservation resources for the United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); organized by material type/format, preservation method, program focus, and broader strategic information.