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Subject: Impact of automation on preservation decisions

Impact of automation on preservation decisions

From: Terry Kissner <tkissner>
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 1994
Our preservation department is in the habit of using circulation history
from date due slips and book cards to help make preservation decisions.
This summer the library is going to be switching to an online
circulation system with Innovative Interfaces Inc.  Once the switch is
completed we won't be using either date due slips or book cards any
longer, so the information they have provided will no longer be
available.   At this point I don't know what information will be
available once the new system is in place.

Currently the type of treatment a book receives is determined by its
physical condition in conjunction with its circulation history. For
example, worn cases with good paper that regularly go on reserve or that
circulate ten or more times in a decade are sent to a commercial bindery
for recasing whereas worn cases that have circulated less frequently are
repaired in house.  Fragile or brittle books that have circulated five
or more times in ten years are sent to the acquisitions librarian for
withdraw/replace consideration, but if they have only circulated once or
twice, they are put into phase boxes.  Multiple copies, other volumes in
a set, and other editions are also part of the decision making process.

Does anybody have any experience or suggestions about how to deal with
this kind of preservation decision making after circulation automation?
Also, if anybody has effectively edited fields in III to retain specific
circulation history, I would be interested in learning how you did it.
Terry Kissner Carleton College Library tkissner [at] carleton__edu

                  Conservation DistList Instance 7:87
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Received on Tuesday, 31 May, 1994

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