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Protecting Your Collection: Mold and Pests

Self-Paced Course

Don't let mold, bugs, and rodents destroy your collection! This course provides basic information about mold and pests and outlines the steps that need to be taken to stop mold growth and control pests in collections.

  • Recognize when your collections are experiencing a mold outbreak or pest infestation.
  • Develop and carry out an initial response to these occurrences.
  • Recall how to carry out recovery efforts of damaged materials.
  • Identify ways to prevent these incidents from happening in the first place.

Note: This course is designed for individual participation; each individual must enroll.


Your Instructor


Carmen Cowick
Carmen Cowick

Carmen Cowick provides training, support and consulting services for libraries in the areas of preservation and collections care. She previously worked as a preservation specialist at Amigos Library Services and in the library and archives of The American Irish Historical Society, The Seamen's Church Institute, and the Special Collections department at CUNY Queens College. She received a bachelor's degree in art history and a master's degree in library science with a certificate in archives and preservation of cultural materials from CUNY Queens College in New York City.

Ms. Cowick has written numerous scholarly articles on preservation-related topics and is the author of the books Digital Curation Projects Made Easy and Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This course is completely self-paced. You my start and finish whenever you would like.
Will the instructor be available to answer any questions?
Because this is a completely self -paced course, the instructor will not be available to answer any questions. However, any questions related to technical issues, certificates, or billing will be handled by emailing info@preservethis.org
Will I receive a Certificate of Completion?
Yes. Once you have completed all the materials, and your course progress reaches 100% a certificate of completion will be automatically emailed to you within 3 business days.
How long do I have access to the course material?
You will have lifetime access to the course.
I am having trouble enrolling. Help!
We're sorry to hear this. Here are some options:
1. Try enrolling with a different browser or with a different device (laptop, tablet, smart phone, etc.)
2. Request that we send you an invoice. This will be emailed to you and you can pay through the link provided in the invoice. Send us an email at info@preservethis.org.
My organization can only pay by check. Can I still enroll?
Yes. Email info@preservethis.org and request an invoice be emailed to you. Be sure to list:
1. Name(s) of the participant(s)
2. Your organization's name
3. The name of the course you wish to enroll in.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your course, contact us within 3 days of purchase and we will gladly give you a refund.

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