Preservation Tip for June

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. And to those of us on the east coast it also means we should start to prepare for hurricane season. With that in mind, the Preservation Committee is sharing dPlan™: The Online Disaster-Planning Tool. This tool is a free, online template for writing a customized disaster plan at your institution.

If you have topics you would like to see highlighted, or suggestions for resources, please send those to Lauren Seney at lpsene@wm.edu or Celia Gavett at cgavet@law.columbia.edu.

Preservation Tips are from the Preservation Committee of the AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section. See more tips here.

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Does Deacidification Still Happen?

Deacidification, the reduction of acid in paper by use of the water process (the Barrows Lab at the Library of Virginia is a prime example) or with a non aqueous method (Bookkeeper is an example), is not a new idea.  Recently it was described as non-viable.  This statement prompted research.  Does deacidification still happen?  Apparently it does.  Library of Congress has an ongoing contract for deacidification with the goal of deacidifying 1,250,000 titles by 2015.  This is the most recent contract of several.  New York University is listed as a participant with the same contractor as LC.

The MARC format allows for a note in the 583 field to report deacidification of a title.  It would be helpful to retrieve many of these 583 notes to get a picture of the extent of deacidification.  To date, I have only retrieved 26 titles with deacidification notes from the new LC catalog.  I provided feedback about the new catalog and asked questions about proceeding with my research.  I hope I can get a bigger picture of the progress and accomplishments of deacidification.

Stay tuned for an apologia!

 

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Preservation Week

The Fourth Annual Preservation Week is quickly approaching: it’s April 21-27, 2013!  For some ideas about what you can do, check out the LIPA blog  about “New tools to help libraries celebrate Preservation Week 2013.”

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Down, but not out

Neil Rambo, Director of the NYU Health Sciences Libraries hit hard by a 14-foot storm surge of Super storm Sandy, used the words “down, in some senses, but not out” to describe his library system. (Jennifer Howard, “Storm Damage at NYU Library Offers Lessons for Disaster Planning in the Stacks.” The Chronicle of Higher Education v. 59, no. 13 (November 23, 2012): A18-19. Sandy continued to demonstrate the possibility of supersize disasters, a trend revealed earlier by Katrina, Rita, Irene, and the Midwestern floods of 2008. Burst pipes cannot compare to the magnitude of these storms. Jennifer Howard lists some potent resources for libraries hit by such disastrous storms:

  • American Library Association
  • The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
    • Training in disaster response
    • 24-hour hotline
  • Heritage Preservation’s Emergency National Task Force
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency

However, just as charity begins at home, disaster recovery begins on site. It is essential to be prepared. The ingredients of this recipe include

  • Good communication
  • Updated disaster plan on PAPER, should the power be out
  • Partnership with risk management experts
  • Names of companies that specialize in disaster recovery (Belfor is named in the article)
  • Priorities of what to save first
  • Supplies on hand
    • Absorbent fabric, Tek-Wipe
    • Plastic sheeting, boxes, and trays
    • Batteries and flashlights, especially headlamps which free up hands
    • Clipboards, paper, and pencils

Reading this article provided the above takeaways. Judged especially important were the necessities of partnering with risk management, setting salvage priorities, and assembling supplies Before A disaster!

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High-Density Storage Fire Protection Report

Technical Report: Fire Protection and Loss Mitigation of High Density Library and Archival Storage by Kristen L. T. Jamison is available at no cost from Dave Fuller at FM Global.  Email:  David.Fuller@FMGlobal.com

Source of information:  Jane Hedberg, “Preservation News,” C&RL News, vol. 73, no. 4 (April 2012): 224.

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International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Endorsement

View, at no cost, the IFLA Principles of Engagement, in which IFLA restates its pledge and principles for protecting cultural heritage:

www.ifla.org/files/hq/gb/strategic-plan/cultural_heritage_principles_of_engagement_en.pdf

Source of information:  Jane Hedberg, “Preservation News,” C&RL News, Vol. 73, no. 8 (September 2012): 499.

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Stanford Shares Digital Image Resources

Free of charge are the following resources from the Digital Production Services (DPS) at Stanford University Libraries:

Catalog of reference images to use for image quality control:  https://lib.stanford.edu/digital-production-services/quality-assurance-image-defects

Cropping guide:  https://lib.stanford.edu/digital-production-services/quality-assurance-cropping-guide

Source of information:  Jane Hedberg, “Preservation News,” C&RL  News 73 (2012) : 563.

 

 

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