ERIC Number: ED349988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Long and Happy Life: Library and Records Preservation in North Carolina.
Greene, Harlan; And Others
A solid approach to preservation can prevent or minimize the losses North Carolina is suffering because library books are falling apart, legal records are disintegrating, and computer files are being lost. Preventing losses before they occur saves tax money. For this and other reasons prevention should be public policy. North Carolina information managers need to be aware of the steps they can take to preserve materials. Facilities considerations include climate control, lighting, storage, and effective housekeeping. Security systems and policies and disaster preparedness planning help protect materials during emergencies. Materials and supplies should be of archival quality, and copying or microfilming processes need to meet preservation standards. Books and serials should be bound. Staff engaged in materials repair must be trained by preservation professionals. Policies and procedures on the use, care, and retention of materials should reflect preservation considerations. The budget needed to carry out these activities is, in the long run, less expensive than repairing or replacing damaged or lost materials. The North Carolina Preservation Consortium responds to preservation needs by providing information, coordinating joint efforts, and leveraging support. The Consortium is a forum through which information managers can share expenses and expertise. It provides disaster preparedness training, and it will inaugurate preservation databases and constituent information programs. Individual, institutional, and corporate members are welcome. (KRN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Preservation Consortium, Durham.