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Library receives new materials to aid its preservation efforts

Archiveproject_t.jpgBOONE—Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University has received a set of reference materials to aid in preserving, organizing and developing its special collections.

The collection of materials, called “Connecting to Collections Bookshelf,” includes a core set of books, DVDs, online resources and an annotated bibliography that are essential for the care of collections. They were donated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and developed by Heritage Preservation, in consultation with the Getty Foundation.

books_t2.jpgGreta Browning, Fred Hay_t2.jpgGreta Browning, left, and Fred Hay in the special collections area of Belk Library and Information Commons, say reference materials from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will augment their work acquiring, preserving, arranging and describing rare documents and books, photographs and other materials at Appalachian State University. (photos by university photographer Marie Freeman)

Among the materials are the texts “Caring for American Indian Objects,” which addresses ways to care for and exhibit culturally sensitive materials; “Preservation Management for Libraries, Archives and Museums” that provides information regarding managing preservation in today’s information age; and “Photographs: Archival Care and Management,” a guide on the care of all types of photographs.

“We are creating a reference area for this kind of material so that we can consult it whenever the staff has questions about appropriate procedures,” said Fred Hay, coordinator of the library’s Appalachian Collection. “Anyone interested in preservation can consult these materials, but they are primarily for the library staff.”

Greta Browning, a reference librarian in the library’s special collections, says the reference materials particularly will be useful in dealing with prints and photographs donated to or acquired by the library. For example, some photographs recently donated to the library were in poor condition because they had been stored over the years in a person’s basement. “Oversize materials and photographs are often a challenge to appropriately store,” she said.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The institute works to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The institute also works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.