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PAIG Midwinter Agenda

Preservation Administrators’ Interest Group [PAIG]

ALA Midwinter January 2013

Saturday January 26th / FAIR-Metropole



8:30-8:50am      ALCTS PARS Chair Announcements

Jacob Nadal, Brooklyn Historical Society


8:50-9:10am Update from the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate

Jeanne Drewes, Library of Congress

Library of Congress update will include new staffing, plans for preservation week, updates the results of recent research and new offerings on the website.


9:10-9:40            Facsimile Reprints and Reproductions as Preservation Copies

Kathryn Lybarger, University of Kentucky

When brittle books are crumbling on the shelves, it is tempting to replace them with the brand-new print-on-demand reprints and reproductions now offered by many publishers.  They look nice on the outside, but are they good enough to really be replacements?

Many facsimile reprints are of high quality and provide all of the content in the original book, but many have unacceptable generational loss.  Content may be missing, obscured, or irreparably garbled, and metadata may be missing or worse, misleading.  In this presentation, I will describe some issues to watch for when considering recently-published reprints of old books for your collection.


9:40-10:10          “Damage” Control: Noting Condition of Remote Storage Material & the Collection of Record

Dawn Aveline, UCLA

Dawn Aveline reports on the UCLA Library’s recent decision to record the condition of circulating materials selected to be deposited in the UC’s Southern Regional Library Facility. Noting the condition of a book to be preserved may present the potential for preservation decisions to be based not only on scarcity but also on condition. One additional data element, 852 $z, to disclose information at the network level, is examined from the standpoint of workload “cost” and broader community benefit.


10:10-10:30         Break


10:30-11:00        Video at Risk: Preserving Commercial Video Collections in Research Libraries

Howard Besser, New York University

New York University studies have revealed a significant number of commercially-produced VHS titles distributed to the higher education market are now both out-of-print and held by a small number of institutions, posing an urgent and complex challenge to media collections managers and preservation departments. For the past 2 years the Mellon Foundation has supported NYU's Video At Risk (VAR) project, designed as a practical map for libraries to systematically replace, migrate, and preserve these collections. The session will include an overview of the VAR project, a summary of the project's work on constructing a model RFP for out-sourcing of reformatting, information about the project's Section 108 Guidelines for justifying reformatting, tests quantifying tape deterioration, and the project's strategies for replacement.


11:00-11:10        Preservation Week 2013: What can you do to preserve personal and shared       collections?

Miriam Centeno, Johns Hopkins University

This year Preservation Week is expanding with new collaborations, web resources, reaching out to new audiences and launching  of the new Dear Donia column, answering preservation questions from the general public. We invite all members of PAIG to take a look at these exciting developments and to help spread the word….REMEMBER- Preservation Week April 21-27.


11:10-11:30         Announcements