Gain preservation knowledge from the experts! In this three-part cooperative program, you will go from basic theory to practice and then on to apply what you've learned to your agency or program.

Part I 
The perfect introduction to this outstanding opportunity is Preservation 101, a free online self-paced course on the basics created by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). Contact Anne Harrison on [log in to unmask] for information on taking this course.

Part II 
The centerpiece of this three-tier program is a week long Preservation Institute at the Library of Congress taught by the Library's renowned Preservation Directorate staff. From August 17 through 21, 2009, learn how theories are put into practice in the oldest and largest U.S. library preservation operation. Attendees will also tour the Library's preservation facilities and network with colleagues on today's preservation issues.

Date: August 17-21, 2009
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: is $300 for FT accounts/$325 per session for all others.
More Information and link to Registration: 

Part III 
The third part of the program is a series of Online courses from Lyrasis (formerly Solinet and Palinet), a leader in providing preservation training and service to libraries and other cultural institutions. You will learn to apply preservation principles and processes in your institution and explore special topics:

On-demand, self-paced courses, take anytime between August 24 & December 31, 2009: 
- Audiovisual Preservation on a Shoestring Budget
- Under Construction! Preservation Concerns during Construction and Renovation
- Mammoth Materials: How to Preserve Posters, Maps and More

Live-online courses, to be held on dates listed here (all are three two-hour sessions): 
- Developing a Disaster Plan, September 16, 23, and 30, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
- The Educated Consumer: Evaluating Preservation Products and Services, October 6-8, 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Managing and Preserving Digital Materials, October 14-16, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Complete registration details for the Lyrasis courses will be posted soon.

For more information about the content of institute and courses, please contact Anne Harrison on 202-707-4834; [log in to unmask]