The purpose of library preservation is to ensure the present and future use of information in whatever form it has been recorded.
The Preservation Unit’s program for analog materials provides a range of services to care for collections. This is accomplished through a variety of collection- and item-level approaches and strategies including emergency preparedness, environmental monitoring, user education, book repair/conservation, and shelf-preparation. Actions are taken to prevent or slow down the deterioration of library materials, improve their condition, and provide access.
Northwest Document Conservation Center: NEDCC Preservation Leaflets: NEDCC’s Preservation Services department provides
free preservation advice to institutions and individuals worldwide. The Center provides
Preservation Leaflets with information on a wide variety of preservation topics and links to additional resources.
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC): AIC is a national membership organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation of cultural Material. See also:
AIC Conservation Wiki
Canadian Conservation Institute: Ten Agents of Deterioration The CCI developed a framework for the preventative conservation of heritage objects in museum and archive collections. This framework identifies the 10 primary threats.
National Information Standards Organization (NISO): Library Binding:
this document gives a detailed and thorough description of the binding process.
Library of Congress: Collections Care:
this Library of Congress page provides suggestions for handling and storage of various media types to prevent damage as well as guidelines for binding and repair should damage arise.
Alaska State Library: Conservation Book Repair:
this website provides access to the chapter of a training manual on book repair, from the basics to more advanced operations.
Library of Congress: Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery:
this Library of Congress page provides a list of priorities to keep in mind when disaster strikes.
American Institute for Conservation (AIC): Disaster Response and Recovery:
this AIC page provides instructions for how to respond onsite to a disaster and how the collection should be handled in the ensuing fallout.
Harvard Library: Emergency Response Bibliography:
this page provides a number of links to aid in salvage and recovery of various media in differing conditions after a disaster.
Council of State Archivists: CoSA’s Pocket Response Plan: The Pocket Response Plan (PreP) is a concise document for recording essential information needed by staff in case of disaster.
Danielle Creech, Head of Preservation and Digitization