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Mass deacidification report

From: Richard Frieder <frieder>
Date: Monday, June 22, 1992
The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) announces the
DIRECTORS, a study completed in April 1992 by the CIC Task Force on Mass
Deacidification.  The Task Force, chaired by Richard Frieder of
Northwestern University Libraries, was charged in 1989 by the directors
of the CIC libraries to help position their units for action on mass
deacidification.  The one hundred seventy-five page document describes
the Task Force's investigation of organizational and operational issues
such as selection, in-library processing costs, treatment records,
quality control, and contracting for mass deacidification, and chemistry
issues such as process effectiveness, treatment side effects, and
toxicological risks.  Much of the Task Force work was based on a series
of test runs performed with two vendors of mass deacidification
services:  Akzo Chemicals Inc., and the FMC Corporation.

Although the report is intended for the use of the CIC libraries and is
not meant to suggest a course of action to other institutions, it
contains much information that will be of interest to any library,
archives, or historical society considering its mass deacidification
needs.  Copies of the report are available for $12 plus $3 postage and
handling from:  CIC, 302 East John Street, Suite 1705, Champaign, IL
61820; telephone (217) 333-8475; fax (217) 244-7127.

Established in 1958, the CIC is an academic consortium which fosters
cooperation and collaboration among twelve major research universities
across all areas of academic activity, including library cooperation.
CIC member institutions include:  the University of Chicago, the
University of Illinois, Indiana University, the University of Iowa, the
University of Michigan Michigan State University, the University of
Minnesota, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania
State University, Purdue University, and the University of

For further information, contact:

      Richard D. Frieder, (708) 491-7599
      Roger G. Clark, (217) 333-8475_

Richard Frieder
Preservation Department
Northwestern University Library

                   Conservation DistList Instance 6:5
                   Distributed: Monday, June 22, 1992
                        Message Id: cdl-6-5-002
Received on Monday, 22 June, 1992

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