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Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Archival Preservation Training
Section: Preservation Services
Project Title: Archival Preservation Training
Intern Opportunity: To learn specific details of conservation, identifying types of historic media, its deterioration, and careful handling of archival records of all types. To learn specifics of ways to stabilize the different archival materials with surface cleaning, proper mending techniques, deacidification, custom made housing for all types of books, photographs, oversize documents and many other techniques. To learn the history of photographic techniques and styles of images based on proper preservation.
Time Commitment: This can be an internship project for one intern at a time over several-weeks preferably working a minimum of one day per week. There are specific projects that can be directed to specific educational programs or class work that is dependent on specific number of hours, or just general well rounded volunteer to gain experience in conservation. Library, archival, and preservation educational programs are most welcome.
Examples of Technical Work
* Supreme Court records will always need cleaning and mending, now they need more extensive stabilization treatments as well with heavy use by staff and patrons.
* Maintenance issues: many archival collections and some of the photo collections need new folders or envelopes to be switched out for acid-free or more appropriate preservation storage.
* Glass plate negatives of all collections need cleaning and proper unique folders.
* Book repair of various levels of skill will be needed. Boxes as well depending on skill set of volunteer.
Examples of Non-Technical Work
* Data entry into Access database of rolls of microfilm, resources related to the inventory of the negative microfilm collection.
* Review of some rolls of microfilm that need an index.
* County records mainly loose records that need a basic name index.