Risks to Collections Archives: Security

Library Preservation and Conservation Tutorial

Library Preservation and Conservation Tutorial Source: Cornell University Library The preservation program should be based on the collection needs of a specific library or cultural institution. There are many preservation principles that can be applied to all types of cultural institutions and the emphasis and the direction for the program will be determined by the […]

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Suggested Practices for Museum Collections Space Security

Suggested Practices for Museum Collections Space Security Source: The Cultural Properties Council of ASIS International and The American Alliance of Museums (2013) The Cultural Properties Council of ASIS International has adopted Suggested Practices for Museum Collections Space Security, as described in this document. “Suggested practices” are not best practices, and this document does not attempt […]

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Collections Theft Response Procedures (GCI)

Collections Theft Response Procedures Source: Getty Conservation institute (GCI) Responding to a theft is like responding to a human-caused or natural disaster. The Collections Theft Response Procedures attempt to mirror the structure you may already have in place for emergency response. (See the “Agencies” page for resources on developing an emergency response plan.) They identify […]

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FBI Art Theft Program

FBI Art Theft Program Art and cultural property crime—which includes theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking across state and international lines—is a looming criminal enterprise with estimated losses in the billions of dollars annually. To recover these precious pieces—and to bring these criminals to justice—the FBI has a dedicated Art Crime Team of 16 special agents, […]

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Using Collections

Using Collections Source: Preservation Advisory Centre, The British Library Much of the damage that library and archive collections sustain is caused by poor handling. Damage is often cumulative and not immediately apparent. A culture of good handling will significantly reduce the need for costly conservation work and ensure continued access to collections.

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