I would just like to add a comment on Julia Foster's post about Preservation Assessment Workshops. We used the Preservation Asessment Survey at the Town Library in Saffron Walden and found it an extremely useful method of understanding the problems and assessing future conservation priorities.


--- On Wed, 5/10/11, Julia Foster <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Julia Foster <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Preservation Assessment Survey Workshops - London dates
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Wednesday, 5 October, 2011, 8:45

Apologies for cross posting

The Preservation Assessment Survey allows an institution to quickly gather information on the state of preservation of its library or archive collections. It provides the necessary evidence to support preservation planning and management.

Dear Colleagues,

I am making contact with people who may find the Preservation Assessment Survey useful to them in managing their library or archive collection.

The Preservation Assessment Survey has been widely used to provide evidence for funding applications, as a planning tool and to support collection management activities such as digitisation projects and collection moves. Do you have plans for similar activities? Or would you like to support existing preservation activities by providing statistical evidence of their value? The Preservation Assessment Survey can be successfully used for all these processes.

There are two workshops on the methodology planned in the coming months
November 2nd, The British Library, London (http://www.bl.uk/blpac/pasworkshop.html)
January 10th The British Library, London details to follow
The Preservation Advisory Centre is now able to offer a range of additional PAS support services;
•    On-site identification of the survey sample and assistance with the surveying process
•    Survey assistance by Preservation Advisory Centre staff
Please contact me if these charged services are of interest.

We have revised the publicity information about the survey; please contact me for a copy. There is also an update about surveys currently underway in Scotland and the objectives of the co-operative project between the Preservation Advisory Centre, The Scottish Council on Archives and the National Archives of Scotland on our website. Featuring the experiences of those who have recently carried out surveys and an insight into some of their fascinating finds as a result of the process, this article illustrates some of the non-statistical rewards of surveying (http://www.bl.uk/blpac/pdf/edinburgh.pdf).
Please contact me if there is any information or advice I can give or if you would like to order a survey. I work part-time but am generally in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and can be reached by email on Mondays and Thursdays. 

Best wishes

Julia Foster
Preservation Advisory Centre
The British Library
0207 412 7612

Please note I work part-time but am generally in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In my absence please contact John Webster ([log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask])
The British Library Preservation Advisory Centre is the new name for the National Preservation Office.
To subscribe to the Preservation Advisory Centre e-newsletter visit  https://forms.bl.uk/newsletters.