Survey: Preservation Education

From Laura Bedford, please consider giving your opinion for this important survey:

We are seeking responses for anybody in a professional level position for whom library and archives conservation is at least part of your job responsibilities – be that bench conservator or conservation administration – to participate in the following anonymous survey.

*** The survey closes FRIDAY, MAY 20th ***

The survey is part of a research project investigating what elements of a conservation training program (masters level) are most beneficial to practicing library and archive conservators and conservation administrators.  The authors hope to establish whether or not a degree or coursework in library science is valuable to different types of conservators and what other areas of education have proven valuable to those practicing in the field.

This is a multiple choice and short answer electronic survey that should take no longer than fifteen (15) minutes to complete.  Data will be gathered on basic demographics such as types of training, degrees held, duties of current and past positions, and professional memberships and activity of the respondents. There are no risks to participating in this study beyond the discomfort you might experience in everyday life. Individual participants in this research will not directly benefit from participation. However, findings from the research will help to illuminate future directions for library and archive conservation training. This research will be collated and presented at relevant professional conferences as well as considered for inclusion in a professional publication.

Completion of the survey indicates your willingness to participate and that you are at least eighteen years of age. You may print out a copy of this consent form for your records. If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study, please contact the University of Illinois Institutional Review Board at 217-333-2670 (collect calls accepted if you identify yourself as a research participant) or via email at


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