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Title: The role and responsibility of the library in preservation and conservation
Author(s): Cluff, E. Dale
Subject(s): Preservation of materials Library materials--Conservation and restoration
Abstract: A comprehensive library preservation program would address all of these issues as well as disaster preparedness and appropriate binding, repair, and restoration practices. To do the job right would be too costly, right? I would argue that to do the job poorly is even more costly. This statement may be an oversimplification, but let's take a closer look. Basically, we have two challenges. The first is how to cope with the resources and facilities we presently have or, to state it another way, how to cure the ailments caused by so many past mistakes. The second challenge is to insure that steps are taken to prevent the same mistakes from happening again. In other words, we are faced with impeding the deterioration of our present collections on one hand and with preventing deterioration of future collections on the other. The first challenge is probably the most expensive and overwhelming. The second is more manageable. I dare say that every library could begin today, at little or no cost, to apply preventive measures which would save considerable future "cure" money.
Issue Date: 1983
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: Cluff, E.D. (1983) The role and responsibility of the library in preservation and conservation. In K.L. Henderson and W.T. Henderson (eds) Conserving and preserving library materials (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute November 15-18, 1981): 183-196.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (27th : 1981)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/447
ISBN: 087845067X
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-03-29
 

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