|Dan Wheeler. Cornell Library Corner Stone. 2009-Feb-09. 2012-Aug-21. http://flic.kr/p/5WYH2F|
It is fitting the educational institution once called, “"the first American university" is host to some of the finest preservation management and digital imaging educational online tutorials. Steeped in tradition and heritage, Cornell University has had reason to jump out front on these topics, given its long tradition of firsts.
The Department of Preservation and Conservation was established in its present form in August 1985 with the appointment of the Cornell University Library's first preservation and conservation librarian, John F. Dean. The New York State landmark Library Omnibus legislation of 1984 (Chapter 917) provided for the designation and funding of eleven comprehensive research libraries to establish and maintain preservation programs. The eleven research libraries: Columbia, Cornell, Rochester, Syracuse, New York Public Library, New York University, New York State Library, State University of New York Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, and Stony Brook.
Initially through higher education courses and workshops, the Department of Preservation and Conservation developed educational programs focused upon the techniques and resources in these disciplines. However, with Cornell’s student body made up of individuals from every state within the United States and 120 countries throughout the world, the preservation and conservation outreach soon focused upon the techniques and resources needs for other regions around the globe. These included areas like the Middle East and Asia.
Armed with the extensive information gained from these and workshops, the Department sought and received funding from National Endowment for the Humanities, Council on Library and Information Resources, and Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations to create the online educational course: Moving Theory into Practice Digital Imaging Tutorial.
Helping Move More Than Digital Imaging From Theory Into Practice
Moving Theory into Practice Digital Imaging Tutorial offers an intensive session on how to take the concepts or theory of digital imaging and put them into practice. It includes a Spanish and French version along with resources for on-going continuing education. However, Cornell has not stopped there.
The Department of Preservation and Conservation has gone on to offer 3 additional online educational courses. They include; Library Preservation and Conservation: Iraq and the Middle East, Library Preservation and Conservation: Southeast Asia, and the award winning Digital Preservation Management course.
All courses are available online free of charge and offer a wealth of information to help you move from theory into practice. Here again are links to all four:
- Moving Theory into Practice Digital Imaging Tutorial
- Digital Preservation Management
- Library Preservation and Conservation: Iraq and the Middle East
- Library Preservation and Conservation: Southeast Asia
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