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Purpose: Focuses on both broad and specific preservation issues in libraries. Topics encompass physical collections generally, and occasionally digital preservation issues. We serve academic, public, special, and other types of libraries.

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Library of Congress Symposium: Assessing the Physical Condition of the National Book Collection

  • 1.  Library of Congress Symposium: Assessing the Physical Condition of the National Book Collection

    Posted Jul 25, 2023 10:35 AM

    This event will take place at the Library of Congress on August 8, sessions will take place from 10 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm. You can register to attend in person or you can register to watch the sessions virtually.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p>

    <u1:p> </u1:p>"Assessing the Physical Condition of the National Book Collection" <u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p>

    For the last five years Assessing the Physical Condition of the National Collection (ANC) Mellon-funded project has collected data on the physical, chemical, and optical characteristics of books from five research libraries in distinct climate regions from across the United States. The selection of over 2500 books is comprised of 500 "identical" titles from the time period 1840-1940 when more acidic paper production processes began.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p>

    <u1:p> </u1:p>This research study was intended for developing a national plan to ensure that books retained and preserved in shared print programs have the best physical properties for long-term preservation. Speakers will address the methodology of the research approach for such a complex data set; the infrastructure and platform needed for extracting active usable data and meeting FAIR data principles; using non-invasive techniques for determining and predicting paper pulp types; chemometric and data modeling; and the potential for simple portable tools. The event will end with a discussion on how the research results compare to long accepted assumptions in the field.<u1:p></u1:p><o:p></o:p>

    All webinars are recorded and posted on our website; this process usually takes more than a month. You can find information on our past TOPS events here.<o:p></o:p>

    Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or<o:p></o:p>

    Amelia Parks
    Preservation Education Specialist
    Library of Congress