Preservation Assessment Survey Workshop with Julia Foster

British library

Ref: L1D12032


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About this course

Designed for library and archive staff (no previous knowledge of preservation is required), the workshop introduces a variety of collection survey methods, explains the benefits of carrying out a survey, provides options for selecting a sample and includes a practical session allowing attendees to plan, measure, and compile survey data.

Course Description

You will return to your collection with the knowledge to identify a relevant survey sample, understand what questions you need to ask and complete the practical steps necessary.

Previous course participants have successfully used the results of collection and condition surveys to support funding bids and to inform internal planning and budgeting for preservation. Examples of surveys can be found here


Timetable for one day courses held at the British Library in London.

Students should arrive by 9.30am for registration.

Classes are from 9.30 - 4.30pm.

A working lunch in the Foyle Room is included.

Course Materials


Pencil and notebook for surveying exercise.

What students need to bring

The practical sessions will take place in the basement which is kept at a cool temperature so please bring warmer clothing. Coats and bags are not allowed in the store for security reasons but will be locked away. 


Julia Foster

Julia developed the Preservation Assessment Survey from a recommendation in a research paper, to a fully functioning survey tool with supporting guidance. Between 1998 and 2014 in her role at the Preservation Advisory Centre she worked with a range of library and archive organisations across the UK and internationally to complete more than 300 surveys. Since 2014 she has provided a freelance service providing surveys, condition assessments and stocktaking activities.

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