Service Description

To provide an array of preservation education opportunities to the Harvard Library community, Preservation Services staff:

  • Teach in-person and online presentations,
  • Facilitate customized workshops and training sessions
  • Present conference reviews to share content learned elsewhere


Training workshops are often targeted for specific audiences, including library staff, faculty and students, and the broader Harvard University preservation community (including museums).


Topics in our training curricula include:

  • Careful handling for students, library staff, and HUMS staff; 
  • Emergency response, emergency planning, collections salvage, media/format identification and salvage (including audio, video, film, electronic, and magnetic media); 
  • Exhibitions/displays/classroom use of collection materials; 
  • Preservation assessment for circulation, acquisitions and curatorial staff;
  • Environmental monitoring.


Informal presentations are offered by staff who attend conferences and training outside of Harvard. They share highlights and their key takeaways, and facilitate discussion of how the lessons learned might impact Harvard Library. These presentations are often lunchtime brown-bag events, targeted towards the HU preservation community and Boston-area conservation and preservation colleagues.


Harvard students are encouraged to contact us to arrange work-study or short-term internship opportunities. Summer, semester, and full-year internships in select specialties within conservation and preservation are occasionally offered to current graduate students concentrating in those disciplines.

Request information and/or service

Please contact Preservation Services to share ideas for future events, to request training customized to the needs of your repository or inquire about internship/work-study opportunities.


For a list of current and historical presentations and open-invitation training events, see the Preservation Services home page.