ERIC Number: ED329256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep-26
Reference Count: N/A
Physical Condition of the Collections at E. H. Butler Library, State University College at Buffalo: Report of a Survey.
Xanco, Mary Lee C.; Quinlivan, Kathleen
A survey of the collections of the libraries at the State University College at Buffalo (New York) was conducted to determine the physical condition of books and bound periodicals. The methodology of prior surveys at Yale (Connecticut) and Syracuse (New York) Universities was used and the following hypotheses were tested: (1) the methodology used at Yale and Syracuse will work equally well at a smaller institution; (2) the library collection at Buffalo is younger than those of the research libraries; (3) there is more acidic damage to books in the research libraries than at Buffalo; (4) there are more brittle books in the research libraries than at Buffalo; (5) there is more mutilation at Buffalo than in the research libraries; and (6) books which have circulated are more likely to need attention than those which have not circulated. Percentages of brittle, acidic, and damaged books were found to be generally comparable to those reported at Yale and Syracuse. Bound periodicals, classifications C-K, and storage showed the highest degree of damage. The survey validated the usefulness of this methodology for gathering data about physical condition in order to plan preservation activities. Data are displayed in tables throughout the paper. A table showing the breakdown of the collection sample by location on campus and number of books, a copy of the questionnaire, instructions to surveyors, and comparisons of selected collection characteristics among Buffalo, Syracuse, and Yale are appended. (4 references) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Book Preservation
Note: Paper presented at the Western New York/Ontario Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Workshop (Buffalo, NY, September 26, 1988). For the complete proceedings, see IR 052 805. For other papers of this workshop, see IR 052 806-813.