Article on book conservation treatment in research libraries

I’m making an effort to catch up on some work-related reading and have discovered my stack of recent LRTS. I’d like to draw your attention to a recently published article that may be of interest: Baker, Whitney, and Liz Dube. 2010. Identifying standard practices in research library book conservation. Library Resources and Technical Services 54(1): 21-39.

Based on a 2007 survey of book conservation practitioners, the paper describes the field’s evolution over the past fifty years and identifies book conservation techniques the survey found to be routinely, moderately, or rarely employed in U.S. research libraries. The authors compare treatment techniques employed for special collections with those used for general collections.

I’m quite interested in reading the final version and hearing your opinions on it as well (full disclosure: I participated in the survey). What struck you as common to what you do in your shop? what’s different? any lessons learned or what piqued your interest? Let’s discuss.

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