Tara Kennedy, Preservation Field Services Librarian at Yale University Library, hosted a lively discussion focused on odors in collections. Lead by Kennedy, members of the Online Community explored the chemical properties of certain scents, gained a better understanding of what odors may signal deterioration, and discussed the safest methods to rid collections of odors.
- The Heritage Smells Project from University College London’s Centre for Sustainable Heritage (CSH)
- “Why do Old Books Smell?” video from AbeBooks.com
- Advice on removing the smell of smoke from books and documents from the Library of Congress
- Pamela Hatchfield’s book “Pollutants in the Museum Environment,” contains information about odors associated with deteriorating collections.
Additional resources from the event:
- Tara Kennedy’s PowerPoint presentation
- Tara Kennedy’s event handout
- An example of a Request for Proposal for mold remediation from Yale University Library’s Preservation Department
Recorded: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes
Guest Experts: Tara Kennedy, Preservation Field Services Librarian at Yale University Library
Host: Jenny Wiley, Coordinator of Communications and Online Learning, Heritage Preservation