To report a collections-affecting emergency in a library location, please dial 475-301-4519 (anytime day or night).
We offer introductions to the department, in-person tours, and information sharing sessions for Library staff. You can check our current schedule and register for events at https://schedule.yale.edu/calendar/preservation
Here are a few examples of events and information sharing sessions:
Care and Handling of Special Collections in Reading Rooms and Classrooms
Preservation is a universal field with many facets: it reaches local communities and international entities; it employs skills and expertise across many disciplines; it utilizes low tech and high tech solutions. Preservation is carried out by conservators, historic preservationists, librarians, policy makes, scientist, historians, teachers, activists, and many others. Preservation is generally organized around three major goals: preventing damage and managing risk, conserving physical artifacts and objects, and reformatting and managing at-risk content and new media formats.
The Yale University Library's Preservation and Conservation Services Department supports the Library's mission by ensuring continued access to collections, through a program of specialized expertise, proactive stewardship and collaboration.
What is Preservation?
In libraries and archives, the term preservation is usually used to refer to any and all activities that prolong the useable life of collections and objects. Preservation can include a variety of preventative and remedial measures, like environmental control, reformatting, conservation and digital content migration, that address deterioration, damage and mitigate the effects of time and continued use. In museums, many preservation actions, like monitoring environments, disaster planning, handling instruction and protective housing, are called preventative conservation.
At the the Yale University Library, we often use "preservation" to characterize activities, strategies and programs that involve significant format change, migration to a new medium, or emulation of an experience to prolong the use and life of collection. We use "conservation" to describe our work and programs of preventative care for physical objects with the objective of maintaining the original format, feel, and use with only as much alteration as is needed.
Conservation and Exhibition Strategies - Christine McCarthy, interim
Preservation Digital Strategies - Shira Peltzman, Associate Director