Developing your archive skills: collection surveys

The Developing Your Archive Skills series is aimed at anyone interested in a career in archives (and anyone looking to enhance their skills), and I will be highlighting a range of different courses, training days, and opportunities for skills development.

Preservation Assessment Survey Workshop

The British Library in collaboration with West Dean College have come at us with yet another great skills development course, the Preservation Assessment Survey Workshop.

“the workshop introduces a variety of collection survey methods, explains the benefits of carrying out a survey, provides options for selecting a sample and includes a practical session allowing attendees to plan, measure, and compile survey data”

The Workshop is designed for library and archive staff (no previous knowledge of preservation is required), and introduces a variety of methods for undertaking collection surveys, explains the benefits of carrying out a survey, provides options for selecting a sample and includes a practical session allowing attendees to plan, measure, and compile survey data. According to the British Library, previous participants have successfully used the results of collection and condition surveys to support funding bids and to inform internal planning and budgeting for preservation. The Workshop is run by Julia Foster, who developed the Preservation Assessment Survey from a recommendation in a research paper to a fully functioning survey tool with supporting guidance, and since 2014 she has provided a freelance service providing surveys, condition assessments and stocktaking activities.

The Workshop is schedules for Tuesday 16th October and costs £143 and is packed with really helpful information and guidance – money well spend I’d say! Further information and a full programme is available here.

Have you attended this course or one similar? Why not pop a comment below and let us know what you thought!

 


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