Course Details

All courses are one day training courses, 9.00am to 5.00pm.  $550.00 plus GST per person.
10% discount for two or more attending a course from the same institution.  


Course 1.   Care and Handling for Libraries and Archives.   Link to Registration Form
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 the PRA Storage Standard (2007)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 in libraries and archives. It is a good introduction for those new to the world of libraries and archives. Old hands will find it a useful refresher and a chance to update knowledge and techniques.


Course 2.   Care and Handling for Records and Archives.    Link to Registration Form
This course has been developed in response to a request for a course with a more records and archives focus. Many New Zealand archives and records repositories now have to comply with the Standard for the Storage of Records and Archives 2007 (Public Records Act 2005).  This course explores care, handling and storage practices as outlined in the standard.  The benefits of understanding these requirements are that important records are cared for to allow retention and access for their designated lifetime. Another benefit is that unique and irreplaceable archives remain in good condition and can be accessed safely by future generations. The course includes:

    care and handling of physical collections of records and archive materials
    exploring the PRA Storage Standard (2007)requirements
    introduction to preservation and conservation concepts
    techniques and equipment to reduce damage to records and archives
    introduction to archival protective enclosures and storage conditions
    introduction to associated terminology
    detailed examination of an item and writing a condition report
    damage and repairs
    opportunities for discussion and specific questions.

This course is suitable for anyone handling records, files and unique documentary material and will enable participants to gain essential skills needed for working with records and archives. It is a good introduction for those new to the world of records/archives. Old hands will find it a useful refresher and a chance to update knowledge and techniques.


Course 3.  Disaster Preparedness and Response for Libraries, Archives and Records.  
Link to Registration Form - Wellington course.
Link to Registration Form - Auckland course.

The recent 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 the requirements of the PRA Storage Standard (2007)
    defining a disaster - and introduction to risk assessment
    disaster salvage handling procedures
    prevention - minimising risk
    materials and equipment
    team work
    health and safety
    networking
    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.