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Talk on Collections Care for On The Front Lines 2012

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    • Collections Care for the Real World Lynne M. Thomas Northern Illinois University March 14, 2012
    • Preservation vs. Conservation vs.Collections Care• Conservators = expertise/training in hands-on book/paper/art repair• Preservation librarians = expertise/training in determining needs for conservators, basic book repairs, prevention, disaster plan, etc.• Preservation administrators = plan, find money to fund the preservation librarians and conservators• Collections care = How do we keep this in use?
    • Preservation “expertise” forPaper-Based Materials Environmental Controls Staff & Patron Education Benign Neglect Basic Library Preservation
    • The Beauty of “Benign Neglect”• Stabilize it, shelve it, ignore it.• “Benign neglect” often does the trick – Paper & Microfilm• …Except when it doesn’t – Audiovisual materials – The Digital Age
    • Environmental Controls• Turn off the lights!• Keep your temperature and humidity as stable as possible• Be nice to your building services folks• Understand your building (and have a plan for when it breaks).
    • Disaster Plans• HAVE ONE. You will need it eventually.• Free Disaster Planning Tool: dPlan http://www.dplan.org/• “I think we have insurance” does not count.• Supplies: Gaylord.com; home improvement stores
    • Staff and Patron Education• Model good behavior• Shelve and Unshelve properly• Photocopying and scanning practices• Don’t make temporary additions to books permanent: (post-its, paper and paperclips and rubberbands, oh my!)
    • Sometimes, You Win• Patron and Staff education – Bookmarks – Signs – Halloween Horror Show (exhibit or online) – Rainy Day Bags – Policies, procedures, and plans: HAVE SOME.
    • Sometimes, You Lose• Mold• Tape• Mishandling• Lack of replacement funds• Degredation of materials (i.e. brittle books,vinegar syndrome)
    • Sometimes, It Rains. Indoors.• Disasters• Bathtub Dunks• Act of Dog• Library Cafes• “Deferred maintenance”
    • Collections Care: PaperStabilization: The most bang for your buck – Tying/Boxing – Envelopes – Encapsulation – The magic words: “lignin-free” “alkaline” “buffered”
    • Collections Care: Paper• Minor Repairs – Glueing – Tipping-in of single leaves – TAPE = EVIL• Medium Repairs – Spine repair – Reattaching boards
    • How do I…?• Search YouTube for how-to videos• CARLI Preservation Working Group workshops• Preservation webliography: http://www.carli.illinois.edu/mem-serv/pres- weblio.html• http://www.campbellcenter.org/ (Mt. Carroll, IL)
    • Calling in the professionals• Major repairs: re-backing, re-binding, re- casing• Full conservation treatment: don’t try this at home!• Finding a conservator – American Institute for Conservation (AIC) guidelines: http://aic.stanford.edu/public/select.html
    • How do I pay for this?• Find a donor/sponsor or a Friend• Talk to your administration• Get a grant – IMLS http://www.imls.gov/ – NEH Preservation assistance grants http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/pag.html – NEH Grants for Stabilizing Humanities Collections http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stabilization.html – Guide to Foundation Grants for Preservation http://www.loc.gov/preserv/foundtn-grants.html – Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB) grants: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/ishrab/ishrab.html
    • When it’s gone…it’s gone• You can’t save everything. Really. (And that’s ok.)• Can it be replaced if it can’t be repaired?• Alternative formatting – Preservation photocopies – Digitization
    • Questions?• lmthomas@niu.edu• http://lynnemthomas.com• Twitter: @lynnemthomas