The Self Assessment is designed to help define the level of preservation activity in your library or archives. Its main objectives are as follows:

  • Provide you with an opportunity to assess the level of your preservation activities.
  • Create a benchmark for you in establishing where your library/archives is now and where you would like it be in the future.
  •  Demonstrate any missing elements in your preservation activities.

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NOTE: For the purpose of this assessment, "preservation" means those activities concerned with prolonging the active life of the collection and includes book, paper, and photograph care and repair; bookbinding; reformatting (microfilming, digitization, acid free photocopying); collection maintenance (climate control monitoring, protective enclosures); commercial binding/conservation contracts; disaster response planning and training.