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Protecting Your Collection: Mold and Pests

4-Week Course Starts January 22, 2018

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.


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.

She is currently serving a two-year appointment as chair of the Program, Planning & Publications Committee of the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the American Library Association (ALA) and is a member of the CUNY Queens College GSLIS Archives Advisory Board.


  • 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 register.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This course starts on January 22, 2018. It is an asynchronous online course designed to be completed in 4 weeks. Participants will spend approximately 2 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes, and completing reading and homework assignments. It is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
When is the last day for registration?
January 19, 2018
Will the instructor be available for feedback and questions?
Absolutely! Your instructor will provide feedback for each assignment and will be available via email or phone for any questions you may have. A discussion forum is also available where participants can post questions.
Will I receive a Certificate of Completion?
In order to receive a Certificate of Completion you must complete the following each week:
1. View all lectures
2. Answer all quizzes
3. Complete all assignments .
When you complete these three items you can expect to receive you certificate within 2 weeks.
How long do I have access to the course material?
You will have unlimited access for 3 months from the start date of this course.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.
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. Call us at 214-945-3890 M-F 9am-5pm CT and we can take your credit card payment over the phone.
3. 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.

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