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Preservation Issues in Small to Mid-Sized Libraries Discussion Group

From: Yvonne A. Carignan <yc38>
Date: Thursday, January 6, 2000
Preservation Issues in Small to Mid-Sized Libraries Discussion Group
ALA Midwinter Meeting, San Antonio, TX
Stacks Cleaning:  Dirty Little Secrets
Sunday, January 16, 2000
2 - 4 pm
Four Points Hotel, Guadalupe Room
Co-Chair: Patricia Palmer
Co-Chair: Yvonne Carignan

Regular stacks cleaning significantly extends the life of library
collections, but implementing an ongoing program of cleaning book
collections can be challenging.  Systematic stack cleaning requires
organization, a training plan for staff, and use of appropriate
cleaning techniques and equipment to avoid damaging collections
during cleaning.  Finding mold growth in collections complicates
cleanup and requires special techniques to deal with that especially
difficult problem.  Contracting for cleaning may provide a solution
either for mold outbreaks, or for normal cleaning when staffing for
cleaning is otherwise unavailable, but carries its own set of
required knowledge and problems.

In this session, we will explore these issues, beginning with
Preservation Librarian Julie Page, who will talk about her training
program for stacks cleaning in the University of California at San
Diego Libraries.  Julie will include information about equipment and
estimated costs, and will show her training video for student
workers. She will also present a slide show and overview of the
in-house mold cleaning projects at UCSD.  The presentation will be
accompanied by handouts.

Following, representatives from two vendors with experience in this
field will share their perspectives.  Bill Overton of Myer Library
Relocation will speak about contracted stacks cleaning services, and
Larry Wood of Disaster Recovery Services will show slides and share
his experience related to contracted mold cleanup.  We invite you to
attend and to add your own ideas and questions to the discussion.

Please feel free to contact us by phone or email for further
information.  (Yvonne <yc38 [at] umail__umd__edu> 301-405-9343; Patricia
<pepalmer [at] ruby__vcu__edu> 804-828-2287).

Yvonne Carignan
Preservation Department Head
McKeldin Library
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:39
                 Distributed: Monday, January 10, 2000
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Received on Thursday, 6 January, 2000

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