British Library Preservation Advisory Centre is the new name for the National Preservation Office

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The British Library Preservation Advisory Centre is the new name for the National Preservation Office (NPO). The change of name follows the NPO's recent integration with the British Library Collection Care department and heralds the start of a new period of development for preservation services.

The Preservation Advisory Centre will build on the NPO's achievements of the past 25 years, and the successes of the recently opened BL Centre for Conservation, providing a focus for preservation and increasing opportunities for libraries and archives of all types and sizes to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of caring for collections in the 21st century.

Offering training, free information services and its unique Preservation Assessment Survey, the Preservation Advisory Centre provides practical support on preservation management issues to address the major threats to the UK's library and archive collections identified in the NPO's 2006 report, Knowing the Need.

Activities span a range of free and charged services including:
’¢ Free information resources in print and to download
’¢ Preservation training courses
’¢ Preservation Assessment Survey services
’¢ Preservation visits
’¢ An enquiry service

Caroline Peach has been appointed to lead the organisation in its new form. Recently interim Chief Executive of Icon, the Institute of Conservation, she brings experience of working at London Metropolitan Archives, Oxford University Library Services and the London Museums Hub. Caroline said, ‘I am delighted to be joining the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre. I am looking forward to working with partners across the sector to inspire organisations of all sizes to take part in preservation activities. I am particularly pleased that we will soon be able to offer a new programme of preservation training thanks to the collaboration and funding of the British Library and Research Libraries UK’.

Helen Shenton, Head of Collection Care at the British Library said, ‘The integration of the NPO with the British Library as the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre marks a significant development for Collection Care at the British Library. The events and services provided by the Preservation Advisory Centre complement the successful public programmes offered by the BL Centre for Conservation. Sharing knowledge to address preservation needs and to build capacity within the Library and Archive sectors is fundamental to ensure the future accessibility of collections. I am delighted that the Preservation Advisory Centre is leading on these issues.’