This class is scheduled to meet in SCILS Building room 203. [The assignment to Hardenbergh Hall has been changed.]
Welcome! This class is about preservation, but at a high level: planning, organizing, and understanding the issues. Although the general class topics are sketched out I'm deliberately not assigning them to days until the dates of the visits to actual laboratories are settled. We may also, in addition to the off-site visits, have a few class meetings entirely online. [The reason is that if we could get this course into the online format then the teacher could come from anywhere and we wouldn't have so much trouble finding an instructor.] This is not a class in book repair: there are specialist programs in becoming a conservator.
Libraries are about both preservation and access. We collect and preserve for the next generation; we provide access for the current users. Unfortunately these goals are sometimes in conflict: the more some things are used, the more likely they are to be damaged. And preservation of an object divides roughly into conservation and copying; that is, we can either try to repair a physical object or we can try to find a substitute. Repair is expensive; but buying a copy of an old book means, typically, that you buy one fewer new book. To the extent you can, you want to take preventive measures, so that fewer books will fall apart.
So the themes of this course are:
There is no textbook, since I am a great believer that everything is on the web. A particularly informative website is the site of the Northeast Document Conservation Center. But you should know that ALA publishes a book by Paul Banks and Roberta Pilette, Preservation: Issues and Planning, which is pretty much the most commonly used text in the field.
Some topics, such as retention schedules, are likely to be relegated to exercises or stuffed into multiple-topic lectures.
|2||January 31||Paper||Choosing acquisitions|
|3||February 7||Environmental issues; Mold, insects and vermin||Building issues|
|4||February 14||Visit to Ocker & Trapp bindery, 1 p.m.||No assignment due|
|5||February 21||Visit to Princeton preservation lab, Firestone library, 3:20pm||Reading|
|6||February 28||Microfilm and watch the film Slow Fires; perhaps Ephemera||Non-book materials|
|7||March 7||Scanning and digital copying||Your collections|
|not March 14||(spring break)|
|8||March 21||Visit Monmouth County Archives, 3:30pm|
|9||March 28||Theft. Early start 2pm (Judith Gelernter). Probably in 201.||Copying a book|
|10||April 4||Fund-raising techniques (Karen Novick)||Grant reviewing|
|11||April 11||Economics||Next step on your project|
|12||April 18||Copyright||Disaster plans|
|13||April 25||Visit Alexander library preservation lab. Meet Pane room, 3:30pm|
|14||May 2||Photographs, Museums*, and Saving the Web|
|15||May 9||Student presentations?||Final project|