Collection Materials Archives: Archives

Guidelines for Preservation: Photocopying of Replacement Pages

Guidelines for Preservation: Photocopying of Replacement Pages Source: Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of ALA Photocopied replacement pages are required when parts of original texts have been removed or lost. Photocopying also becomes necessary when an embrittled item can no longer be used without risking damage, and a paper copy replacement […]

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Preservation Resources

Preservation Resources Source: Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of ALA Preservation resources related to digital materials, as well as archives, books, and audiovisual materials.

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Basic Preservation Guidelines for Library and Archive Collections

Basic Preservation Guidelines for Library and Archive Collections Source: Preservation Advisory Centre, The British Library Preservation can be defined as ‘all managerial, technical and financial considerations applied to retard deterioration and extend the useful life of (collection) materials to ensure their continued availability’. Preventive measures can considerably extend the useful life of collections, and are […]

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Cleaning Books and Documents

Cleaning Books and Documents Source: Preservation Advisory Centre, The British Library This recource provides guidance on simple dry cleaning methods for removing surface dirt from bound volumes and unbound papers. Surface dirt is defined as loose material which can be removed without rubbing and without the use of equipment other than brushes, vacuum cleaners, dusters […]

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Photocopying of Library and Archive Materials

Photocopying of Library and Archive Materials Source: Preservation Advisory Centre, The British Library Photocopying, scanning and photography are the most popular methods of copying books, documents and other archive materials. Most libraries and archives provide some form of self-service copying facility for users. Carried out incorrectly, copying can cause severe damage to collection items.

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Guidance for Exhibiting Archive and Library Materials

Guidance for Exhibiting Archive and Library Materials Source: Preservation Advisory Centre, The British Library The exhibition of archive and library materials has the potential to damage documents and can even lead to loss if security measures are inadequate. Custodians of holdings should be aware of the risks involved from exposure to inappropriate environmental conditions, unsafe […]

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