Preservation Practices Today: Managing Shrinking Budgets and Changing Formats

March 9–10, 2010
hosted by Stephanie Lamson and Peter Verheyen

with guest Lars Meyer, Emory University and author of the recent ARL report Safeguarding Collections at the Dawn of the 21st Century

As the range of preservation activities continues to expand but funding and staffing to support preservation become increasingly scarce, how are you and your institution meeting the preservation needs of collections?

Traditional core preservation activities include library binding of serials and monographs, repair of circulating collections, rehousing and enclosures, disaster planning, environmental monitoring, reformatting of brittle materials (microfilming and preservation photocopying) and in some cases full conservation treatments on special collections materials. Digitization has become another tool for reformatting brittle materials and the preservation needs of audio-visual materials and digital files have received greater attention as we have become increasingly aware of their fragility. Of course, the components of a successful and sustainable institutional preservation program vary depending on the size and nature of the institution.

  • How are you raising awareness of preservation issues both within your institution and with the greater public?
  • What do you need to help you preserve your collections and what challenges do you face?

Please join our discussion of how libraries are managing preservation in 2010. We will be joined by Lars Meyer, Senior Director, Content Division at Emory University Libraries, where he is responsible for tech services, preservation, digitization, and storage. Lars recently authored the recent ARL report Safeguarding Collections at the Dawn of the 21st Century, and hosted the webinar in which the report was discussed.

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Stephanie Lamson is Head, Binding & Marketing and Assistant Preservation Librarian at University of Washington Libraries. She began her career as a preservation technician at Cornell University where she worked primarily on grant-funded reformatting projects. She recently completed a web site to support preservation training for library student employees and a multiyear project to identify and preserve the most important early Washington State agriculture, forestry, and fisheries literature in cooperation with several other institutions.

Peter D. Verheyen is Head of Preservation and Conservation at Syracuse University. After beginning as work-study in preservation under John Dean at Johns Hopkins, he studied binding and conservation in Germany and Switzerland to become a rare book conservator working in private practice and research library preservation programs. He established the conservation lab at Syracuse for the treatment of special collections materials, and developed a high-density system for storing architectural drawings. In response to a need for efficient rehousing in anticipation of off-site storage he introduced Syracuse to the shrink-wrapping of volumes.

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