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Preservation: Issues and Planning
Paul Banks and Roberta Pilette
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0776-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $57.00
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360 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0776-4
Year Published: 2000
A cutting-edge reference guide from a blue-ribbon team of experts, this books covers the repair, maintenance, and preservation of library or archive collections. Edited by two of the most experienced library conservators, Preservation: Issues and Planning provides a definitive and authoritative analysis of how to plan for and ensure the long-term health of an institution's collection in this digital age.

Preservation, according to the editors, must become an integral activity to every library, not just managed by specialists, but understood and supported by all. Discover and explore all aspects of this “technical problem that requires managerial solutions.” Detailing a wide range of conservation issues, Preservation: Issues and Planning will help you:
  • Define and activate an appropriate preservation program, whether in a high-use collection or for archives and historical records.
  • Understand and begin to take action on issues in digital archiving.
  • Prepare a game plan for emergencies that put collections at risk.
  • Determine exhibit policies that showcase collection highlights without harming the materials.
  • Make tough selection decisions for materials to be preserved, including microfilm and photocopying.
  • Select materials for digitization to enhance preservation and access.
  • Preserve information in non-paper formats.


Defining the Library Preservation Program: Policies and Organization

Preservation Programs in High-use Library Collections

Preservation Program Planning for Archives and Historical Records Repositories

Programs, Priorities, and Funding

Planinning for Preservation in Libraries

Issues in Digital Archiving

Environment and Building Design

Collections and Stack Management

Preservation Management: Emergency Preparedness

Library and Archives Security

Exhibition Policy and Preparation

Selection for Preservation

The Conservation of General Collections

Commercial Library Binding

Preservation Microfilming and Photocopying

Special Collections Conservation

Digitization for Preservation and Access

Preservation of Information in Nonpaper Formats


About the Author
Paul Banks, an independent consultant and teacher at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University, is widely published in conservation and preservation journals. He served as conservator and head of the Conservation Department of the Newberry Library, Chicago, for seventeen years. He also has taught at Columbia University and the University of Texas, Austin.

Roberta Pilette is associate chief for preservation treatment at the research libraries of the New York Public Library. A professional associate of the American Institute for Conservation, she has been a consultant to Fordham University Library, the Winterthur Museum Library, and the New Jersey Historical Society. She also has taught at Long Island’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Columbia University, and the University of Texas, Austin.

“In highlighting how preservation should be woven into the entire range of library strategies and activities, the book serves as a valuable tool for library and archive staff in meeting the wide range of preservation challenges in the 21st century.”
—Australian Library Journal

“Clearly written in a succinct point-by-point format¡¬it is both convenient for ready reference and easily accessible to novice managers.”

“¡¬a milestone in the literature of library preservation.”
—Public Libraries

“ of the few books that provides a complete overview of today¡ås three major preservation challenges: caring for collections with artifactual value, managing the preservation of paper-based collections with primarily informational value, and managing digital information.”
—Catholic Library World

“There can be no doubt that this book is an important contribution to the to the preservation literature... The contributors read like a who¡ås who in preservation.”
—The Library Quarterly

“This excellent compilation will be of use for any professional involved in preservation planning or for anyone interested in current thought in these areas.
—Technical Services Quarterly

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