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Preservation Advocacy

4-Week Course Starts Oct 21, 2019

Course Description

This course delves into the arenas in which collections care professionals can advocate for their preservation programs and strategies they can employ to build awareness of collections and their preservation needs. Covering internal advocacy, public engagement, national and regional campaigns, and soliciting funding organizations, the course will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to raise the profile of preservation in your community.

Topics to be addressed during the course:

  • Who and what are stakeholders
  • How to advocate to different audiences
  • Planning an event featuring collections
  • Evaluating advocacy efforts


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize opportunities for advocacy to coworkers and administrators, their community, the general public, and funding bodies.
  • Draft a plan for an advocacy event or program at their institution.
  • Design an assessment of their advocacy event or program.


Your Instructor


Frances Harrell
Frances Harrell

Frances is the Lead Consultant for Myriad, a consulting group serving libraries, archives, museums, and private collectors. She is an independent archives professional with over ten years of experience working with cultural heritage organizations. She has spent the larger part of her career helping libraries, archives, and museums achieve their preservation goals through consulting and training in paper, photograph, audiovisual, and digital collections. She has served the preservation field in many professional leadership roles, including as Co-Chair of ALA's Preservation Outreach Committee, Co-Chair of ALA's Digital Preservation Interest Group, Chair of SAA's Preservation Section, as well as serving on the Program Committees for the PASIG conference and the New England Archivists conference.

Frances received her MLIS with a focus in Archives Management at Simmons College and her BA in English Literature from the University of Florida.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
- This course starts on October 21, 2019.
- 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 discussion, reading, and writing 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?
October 18, 2019
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.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have unlimited access for 3 months from the start date of this course.
Will I receive a Certificate of Completion?
1. View all video 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.
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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