Volume 9, Number 5
PLMS in Chicago in July
The Preservation of Library Materials Section (PLMS, pronounced
"plums") met during two days of the week-long annual meeting of the
American Library Association in Chicago in July. Highlights from
that meeting can be summarized under two headings: followup on
forthcoming publications, and miscellaneous news.
Followup on Forthcoming Publications
- Guidelines for preparation of permanent and durable theses and
dissertations: These are in the process of being printed by RTSD (a
major division of ALA) and will be sold from the Chicago office of
ALA. There is a long version, and a shorter version for
- Standards for environmental storage of paper-based materials:
This has been in the works for about five years with a committee of
the National Institute for Conservation. (Since the ALA meeting, it
has been sent to the American National Standards Institute for
- Guidelines for preservation photocopying: This is in the last
stages of preparation, and will be sent to the PLMS executive
committee at the Midwinter meeting.
- Preservation Education Directory: in September the last
corrections will be made, and it will be sold by RTSD, probably for
$3-S per copy.
- Proceedings of the library binding preconference in Los Angeles,
June 1983: This project has been hung up in committee, but is not
dead. A resuscitation effort is under way, and we may see the
results before long.
- The revised Library Binding Institute Standard: the main section
is done, but the specifications for materials are not. Nevertheless,
Sally Grauer at the LBI office will send a copy of the current draft
to any library that is writing up new specs. (New address: 150
Allens Creek Rd., Rochester, NY 14618.) a manual to use with the
standards is being drafted.
- There are 1668 members in PLMS, though only about 2% ever come
to meetings. (ALA members can belong to several sections at
- The Stanford conference on book repair and routine conservation
appears likely to sell out. The Mellon Foundation contributed
$15,000 for videotaping the proceedings and for later retakes as
- Pat Harris of the National Information Standards Organization
(NISO) is asking for volunteers to work on a new standard, this one
for publishers' bindings.
- PLMS's Education Committee has a task force on library school
education for conservation, which is just beginning its work. Ann
Russell and Josephine Fang are on it. Next March there will be a
conference, organized by several international organizations (FID,
ICA and IFLA) under Unesco, at which guidelines for teaching
preservation will be drawn up and discussed.