A big picture plan for the long term
A preservation plan is a holistic set of guidelines catered to an institution's collections and capacity. Like a strategic plan for collections care, this long-range document sets a framework for preservation goals, laying a roadmap of action items for several years.
A preservation plan begins with a visit from a CCAHA staff member, who interviews staff and assesses the building and collections. The process helps organizations see the big picture, setting realistic goals for collections care initiatives.
The plan addresses:
- institutional policies and procedures
- collection development policies and priorities
- emergency preparedness and response
- environmental conditions and monitoring (temperature, relative humidity, light, pests, and mold)
- storage furniture and materials
- financial resources
- repair and conservation treatment needs
- reformatting options (microfilming, photoduplication, photocopying, and digital imaging)
- exhibition needs