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  1. Ask Your Preservation Question

    The Dear Donia column is now Ask the Expert. Please visit the new Preservation Week website for more information.  ...

    JCARMICHAEL - 06/21/2022 - 12:08 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  2. Book Support Pillow

    Dear Donia, What type of fabric is best for a book support pillow? Q. Dear Donia, I have a small rare book that I have been asked to put on display. I've sourced an archival quality support pillow but it is a bit stark white and I would like to cover ...

    BMORRIS - 11/17/2021 - 17:44 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  3. Flattening Resin-coated Photos

    Dear Donia, How do I flatten resin-coated photographs? Q. Dear Donia, I am trying to scan family photos to digitally archive, and some of the newer ones (90's to present) are curled or have dents in them. I've tried using the humidity/blotter bo ...

    BMORRIS - 11/17/2021 - 16:42 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  4. I am ALA

    The “I am ALA” feature on the ALA homepage will spotlight ALA members and the work they do. These segments may be picked up by other ALA-related media, such as AL Direct and www.ilovelibraries.org.  If you’re willing to participate—and we hope you are—we’ ...

    admin - 06/05/2018 - 15:47 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  5. Storing Multiple Photos in the Same Folder

    Dear Donia, How do I properly store multiple photographs in the same folder? Q. Dear Donia, I was wondering if, from a preservation standpoint, it is okay to store multiple photographs in the same folder. I have placing sheets of permalife acid-free, lign ...

    BMORRIS - 10/18/2021 - 20:03 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  6. Flattening and Storing an Old, Fragile Diploma

    Dear Donia, How do I flatten and store an old, fragile diploma? Q. Dear Donia, I have my grandfather’s high school diploma from 1907. It has been rolled up for many years and seems to be fairly fragile. Is there anyway I can unroll and flatten it so that ...

    BMORRIS - 10/05/2021 - 13:24 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  7. ALCTS Feedback Form

    Did you find what you needed? * N/A No Mostly Yes Please elaborate: I would like to Report a broken link. Report a form with problems. Report a page that should have more information added. Locate a missing page. Report a PDF or other file not available. ...

    SBIRES - 06/05/2018 - 15:45 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  8. Mounting an a Sampler to Mat Board

    Dear Donia, How do I stitch an antique sampler to mat board? Q.  Dear Donia, I want to stitch an antique sampler to museum quality mat board in preperation for framing. How thick/thin should the mat board be? Thanks, Gay      A.  Dear Gay, Stitching an an ...

    BMORRIS - 09/02/2021 - 15:02 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  9. Preserving an Autographed Cleat

    Dear Donia, How do I preserve a worn autographed cleat? Q. Dear Donia, What is the best way to preserve an autographed cleat worn during a game? Do we leave it dirty? Do we put it in a case? Thanks, Shawnee A. Dear Shawnee, Thanks for asking your question ...

    BMORRIS - 09/02/2021 - 15:01 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

  10. Safely Displaying an Old Paper Cigar Box

    Dear Donia, How can I safely preserve and display an old paper cigar box? Q. Dear Donia, I have an old paper cigar box from the early 1900's. How do I protect it and display it on a bookshelf? Thanks, Susan A. Dear Susan, The best way to protect your ...

    BMORRIS - 08/17/2021 - 17:46 - Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)