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Storage Methods: The Best Ways to Store Items in Your Collection

2-Week Course Starts December 4, 2017

Course Description:

This course will teach the best storage and handling practices for a variety of items commonly found in an archive or library. Learn the best way to store bound materials, photographic prints, newsprint, textiles, oversized materials, CDs and DVDs, and much more.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify poor storage practices commonly found in collections.
  • Recall and apply proper handling guidelines for different materials in collections.
  • Design safe storage environments for a variety of materials.


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.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This course starts on December 4, 2017. It is a self-paced online course designed to be completed within 2 weeks. Participants will spend approximately 2 hours each week on viewing lectures, answering quizzes and completing 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?
December 1, 2017
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 video lectures
2. Answer all quizzes
3. Complete all homework 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 three 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 an info@preservethis.org

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