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Preservation Workshop: Learning to Preserve Valuable Collections Using Basic Enclosures

  • 28 Apr 2015
  • 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Akron Summit County Public Library, Main Branch Meeting Room 1, 60 South High Street, Akron, OH 44326
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Workshop details:

Properly constructed, the most basic enclosures can provide multifaceted protection from many of the threats to your collections. Enclosures provide protection against a fluctuating environment and the damaging effects of UV light; they create protective support during storage and transportation; with good design enclosures can encourage safe handling of fragile collections. Participants in this introductory level workshop will learn to construct 3 types of custom enclosures all of which can be reproduced with minimal equipment, tools and space. We will also discuss the preservation principles that will allow you to select material in the context of your institution. No previous experience necessary.

10:30-11:00 – The underlying preservation principles and selection criteria for your institutional mission.

11:00-12:00 – Basic Tyvek® envelopes

12:00-1:00 – Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:00 – Creating the polyester ( Mylar™) encapsulation

2:00-3:45 – Creating the 4-flap wrapper for valuable printed or manuscript materials

3:45-4:00 – Clean-up, final questions and session wrap-up

Workshop presenter: 

Sue Dunlap, Preservation Associate, College Of Wooster

Skills learned at this workshop: 

Participants who complete this workshop will have the competency to create basic protective enclosures for a wide range of paper-based materials (books, pamphlets and papers).  Participants will be a given a list of supplies and sources to acquire the needed tools and supplies to institute their own enclosure-making programs.


Akron Summit County Public Library Main Branch
Meeting Room 1
60 South High Street
Akron, OH  44326 (Map)


$35, payable by credit card in advance of the workshop. Please proceed through the registration system and choose the Pay Online option. This fee includes all supplies. Instructor will provide all necessary tools, which will be checked out and returned at the end of the workshop.


There is a cost to park near ASCPL based on where you park.  Please see this helpful PDF flyer provided by ASCPL here.


On your own.  There are a variety of restaurants nearby, or you may pack a lunch.

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