About Us

Preservation Unit 
425 Library, MC-522
UIUC Library
1408 West Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801

Conservation Lab 
Oak St. Library Facility
OSLF, 2nd Floor
809 South Oak Street
Mail Code 527
Champaign, IL 61820


Preservation Self Assessment Program

Building on the success of the Audiovisual Self-Assessment Program (AvSAP) project, the University Library is currently developing the Preservation Self Assessment Program (the PSAP): a web-based self-assessment tool addressing the physical assessment and prioritization of preservation needs for paper-based and photographic materials typically found in special collections, archives, and museum collections.

About the Project

Similar to the AvSAP, which addresses analog audiovisual objects, the PSAP will lead collection managers through the complicated process of evaluating the preservation needs of their collection materials based on visual inspection of physical condition and deterioration, as well as identifying and quantifying known inherent vice of materials. As users complete the evaluation of materials, the PSAP will produce a detailed preservation report prioritizing items in order of preservation need.


This project is made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


Jennifer Hain Teper, Project Lead
(217) 244-5689

Ryan Edge
, Project Manager
(217) 300-3012


Chicago History Museum
Heritage Preservation
Illinois Heritage Association
Illinois State Library
McLean County Museum of History
The Spurlock Museum
The Urbana Free Library