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Questionnaire on book and paper preservation

From: Steve Gaither <sgaither>
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2006
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I am a student in the MLS program at the University of North Texas,
and one area of interest for me is book and paper preservation.  As
a project for one of my classes, I am developing a web page with
general information about the field and want to include some
responses from professionals concerning a few issues and topics.

I've included several questions below and would very much appreciate
any responses you may feel like providing.  Please don't feel you
need to answer all the questions, but if there are a couple you
would like to comment on that would be great.  Also, some of the
questions are very broad--feel free to only comment on one aspect of
the topic.  I'm viewing this as very open ended information
gathering, so if you feel there is a more important question you
would like to address, or if you want to reword the question to more
appropriately ask about an issue you are interested in or concerned
about, please feel free to do so.

I'm planning on posting questions and responses on the web page, and
I will provide first names and no location information.  If you
would like your full name, location, and email address posted,
please let me know. If you do not want your first name used, let me
know that as well and I will add your comments from "anonymous."

Questionnaire:

1.  What are your favorite information sources for current
developments, issues, and news in paper conservation and
preservation?

2.  What are your favorite professional organizations related to the
field of book and paper conservation and preservation, and why?

3.  What are the most important current issues in book and paper
conservation and preservation (new or controversial technologies or
techniques, emerging on ongoing ethical considerations, etc.)?

4.  What has been the impact of digitization technology on book and
paper conservation and preservation (such as budget influences,
changing priorities for physical materials preservation, etc.)?

5.  Do you feel digitization complements or undermines book and
paper conservation and preservation, and how does it do so?

6.  What do you feel most needs to change in the field of book and
paper conservation and preservation?

7.  What is the most critical issue facing book and paper
conservation and preservation today?

8.  What misconception about book and paper conservation and
preservation would you most like to change?

9.  What do you think is the most positive current development or
characteristic concerning the field of book and paper conservation
and preservation?

10.  What is or are your favorite guideline(s) or
conservation/preservation manual(s) (resources providing practical
how-to guides, instructions, or considerations)?

11.  What do you think are the most important considerations for
deciding if a preservation or conservation project should be
undertaken in-house or subcontracted (budget, expertise, and
equipment are given considerations--I am more interested in comments
regarding the release of materials to a subcontractor, contracting
considerations, selection of a contractor, insurance coverage for
in-house vs. subcontract work, etc.)?

Steve Gaither Dallas, Texas

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