Course Details

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One day training courses, 9.00am to 5.00pm  (Wellington courses to be held at the Willeston Conference Centre, Level 11, 15 Willeston St).
$595.00 plus GST per person.
10% discount for two or more attending a course from the same institution.  

Course 1.   Care and Handling for Libraries, Archives and Records.  
A major cause of damage to books and archives is poor handling. This can result in a lower life expectancy for collection items – resulting in the need to buy replacements or undertake costly conservation work. The benefits of instilling a culture of good care and handling within your organisation are many. Such a culture extends the life of unique and irreplaceable material and enables access to collections. The course includes:

    care and handling of physical collections of books and archive materials
    exploring relevant storage and records management standard requirements
    identification of bookbinding styles and how a book is constructed
    techniques and equipment to reduce damage to books and archives
    introduction to archival protective enclosures and storage conditions
    detailed examination of an item and writing a condition report
    introduction to associated terminology
    damage and repairs
    exhibiting archives, wrapping and packing  
    opportunities for discussion and specific questions.

This course is suitable for anyone handling rare, unique or vulnerable documentary material and will enable participants to gain essential skills needed for working with libraries, archives and records. It is a good introduction for those new comers - old hands will find it a useful refresher and a chance to update knowledge and techniques.

Course 2.  Disaster Readiness and Response for Libraries, Archives and Records.  

The Christchurch earthquakes and the Florence floods in 1966 were both major disasters. It is much more common, however, that we are faced with a minor disaster: a burst pipe, fire sprinklers accidentally being activated, local flooding, a leaking roof or an insect infestation. Such incidents can cause serious damage and loss to library and archive collections. Fortunately, with training, a prepared plan and organised teams, it is possible to reduce the risk of irreparable damage and loss. Included in this course are:

    realistic mini salvage exercise  x 2
    disaster plans - developing and implementing a plan
    exploring relevant storage and records management standard requirements
    defining a disaster - and introduction to risk assessment
    disaster salvage handling procedures
    prevention - minimising risk
    materials and equipment
    team work
    health and safety
    discussion and opportunity for specific questions.

During the course various opportunities are provided to: participate in a realistic simulated disaster situation that will give you a taste of what it could be like to face the real thing; practise rescuing disaster-affected library and archive materials in a safe and supportive environment; meet others who have similar jobs and to discuss ideas and solutions. Participants complete our courses with an insight to: the value of having a disaster management plan in place; what a plan could incorporate; value of indentifying and quantifying risks; specific procedures and roles; the importance of teamwork; where theirs and others roles fit into the plan. Previous course attendees include: librarians; archivists; library and archives staff; records managers; security guards; team leaders/managers; and CEOs.