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Lecture on preservation science

From: Eric F. Hansen <ehan<-a>
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The Preservation Directorate of the Library of Congress announces
the 34th lecture in its series on Topics in Preservation Science

   "The Real Thing: Using Collections for Collaborative
    Mr. Velson Horie
    Research Project Manager
    Collection Care
    British Library
    United Kingdom
    Dining Room C
    Madison Building 6th floor
    Library of Congress
    101 Independence Avenue SE
    Washington DC 20540
    Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008

The British Library is one of the top libraries in the world with
responsibilities for a large number of books, approximately 625
kilometers (400 miles) of shelving length, including iconic books.
In the United Kingdom (UK), this responsibility is shared with five
other legal deposit libraries.  Many of the items are now becoming
fragile, depending on the paper used to make them and the subsequent
degradation.  The legal deposit libraries along with two major UK
archives are performing research into the state of preservation of
identical books deposited in the libraries.  This group of
institutions is looking at novel ways of assessing preservation
condition.  One method currently being explored is to correlate the
volatile compounds being released by the books to their condition.
The presentation is a description of the achievements and
difficulties of this collaborative research.

The Topics in Preservation Science lectures are free and open to the
public. For more information about this series, which is continually
expanded and updated, see


Eric Hansen
Chief, Preservation Research and Testing Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4560
(202) 707-1028
Fax: (202) 707-1525

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