ERIC Number: ED341400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep-24
Reference Count: N/A
An Investigation of Preservation Service Needs and Options for Florida Libraries: Final Report.
DePew, John N.
This final report presents the results of a survey conducted during 1989-90 which investigated the preservation needs of Florida's academic and public libraries. Data were collected via mail questionnaires sent to 516 libraries and a series of follow-up visits to 22 of the 374 libraries (72.5%) which responded to the survey. Information elicited by the questionnaire included: (1) library use of bindery services; (2) procedures and supplies used to repair books and paper; (3) the age and acidity of collections; (4) procedures for treating or replacing brittle materials and preservation microfilming; (5) whether personnel had any preservation training; (6) how libraries are prepared or are preparing for preservation problems; (7) actions that have been taken to conserve collections; and (8) library perceptions about the nature and extent of preservation problems in their collections and areas. Twelve charts identify the organizations sponsoring workshops; kinds of tape used for book repairs; the part of the collection published after 1850; how many libraries had had a preservation survey since 1984; how many had conducted preservation plans and surveys; what the libraries considered to be the most important part of their collections and some of their most serious preservation problems; steps that have been taken to prolong material life; frequency of environmental monitoring; problems that cannot be met by libraries; the libraries' most importance services; and areas that are short of funds. Following an analysis of the results, strategies for creating preservation programs to assist libraries that cannot adequately maintain or preserve their own collections are presented. Appended materials include the survey instrument, cover and follow-up letters; county and library system codes; a list of the libraries that had follow-up site visits; and 77 tables displaying the results of analyses of the data for individual questions. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florida Dept. of State, Tallahassee. Div. of Library and Information Services.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee. School of Library Science.
Identifiers - Location: Florida