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Preservation Services
Training and Education

The Weissman Preservation Center and Collections Care provide an array of preservation education opportunities to the Harvard Library community. These include programs, workshops, training sessions, and internships for general and specialist audiences. In addition, we produce educational products and documentation, which are available through this website.

For more information or to request assistance, please contact the priscilla_andersonatharvard [dot] edu (Senior Preservation Librarian), Weissman Preservation Center (617-495-8596), or the hcaldwellatfas [dot] harvard [dot] edu (Head of Collections Care) (617-495-8871).

 
 
 
 

Advisory Services

 

We are here to work with you. We encourage Harvard librarians and archivists in particular, as well as all members of the Harvard community seeking advice about collections care, conservation, or preservation reformatting (digitization, microfilming, photography), to contact any of our program officers.

     
     

    Products

     

    Products listed here have been designed to promote safe care and handling of Harvard library collections. We encourage their use throughout Harvard's libraries and archives. All products are available free of charge to the Harvard community from the Weissman Preservation Center. To request products, send e-mail to the priscilla_andersonatharvard [dot] edu (Senior Preservation Librarian) with "Product Request" in the subject line. Please include your name, address, and phone number.

    Poster entitled "Guidelines for Photocopying Books in the Harvard Collections" with a drawing of two hands holding a book open on a copier.Posters

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    Guidelines for Photocopying Books in the Harvard Collections

    7" x 17"

     

     

     

     

    Blue table tent which says "Make your mark in the classroom, not in Harvard's books."  The words "not in" appear to be highlighted in pale yellow.Green table tent with the text "Eating and drinking can ruin a good book" printed over an image of rings and splatters of coffee.Table Tents

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    Left: two sides of one table tent. 4" x 6"

    "Make your mark in the classroom, not in Harvard's books."

    "Eating and drinking can ruin a good book."

     

    Below: Guidelines for Handling Manuscript Materials in the Harvard Collections.  3.5" x 14"

    White table tent with the heading "Guidelines for Handling Manuscript Materials in the Harvard Collections" with the guidelines themselves printed below.

     

     

     

     

    White magnet that says "Wet Library Books?" and offers phone numbers to call in case of a collections emergency.Magnets

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    Includes phone numbers for the Library Collections Emergency Team and Harvard University Operations.

    2" x 3.5"

     

     

    Rainy Day Bag - FrontRainy Day Bag - BackRainy Day Bags

    Plastic bags with handles, 16.5" wide x 17.5" high.

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    Bookmark with image of a map that has been torn.  At the bottom it says "Think long term.  Please handle with care."Bookmark with image of an open book with a dark fingerprint over the text.  At the bottom it says "Think long term.  Please handle with care."Bookmark with image of a printed page which has been written on.  At the bottom it says "Think long term.  Please handle with care."Bookmark with images of eight pages of text, arranged in a grid of two columns and four rows.  The page in the third row, second column, is conspicuously missing.  At the bottom it says "Think long term.  Please handle with care."Bookmark with image of a book illustration which has been damaged by a ring from a beverage cup.  At the bottom it says "Think long term. Please handle with care."Bookmarks

    "Think long term.  Please handle with care."

    2.5" x 8"

       
       

      Programs and Workshops

       

      Educational programs and workshops are offered to members of the Harvard community interested in preservation of library and archival materials. In addition to the general interest programs offered two or three times per year, Harvard library staff may arrange for customized workshops about collections care, emergency preparedness and response, and environmental monitoring. For a list of upcoming programs sponsored by the WPC, consult the Harvard Library calendar.

      Please contact the Weissman Preservation Center's priscilla_andersonatharvard [dot] edu (Senior Preservation Librarian) to share ideas for future programs or to request a customized workshop.