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!
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:
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!
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.
View, at no cost, the IFLA Principles of Engagement, in which IFLA restates its pledge and principles for protecting cultural heritage:
Source of information: Jane Hedberg, “Preservation News,” C&RL News, Vol. 73, no. 8 (September 2012): 499.
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.
Until December 31, 2012, those involved in digitization can review the draft of minimum specifications for sustainable digitization. The authors of Minimum Digitization Capture Recommendations did extensive research including the review of practices at more than 50 organizations. The specifications are designed to establish understanding, not to dictate standards. They are available at http://connect.ala.org/node/185648
Source of this information: Jane Hedberg, “Preservation News,” C&RL News, 73 (2012): 563.
The Regional Alliance for Preservation includes member organizations from across the United States. It has conservators who work with paintings, textiles, the gamut. Course offerings are listed into 2013. Take a look at this rich site! http://rap-arcc.org/