This book is a general introduction to preservation and conservation of library material for individuals and institutions with little or no preservation knowledge. It provide comprehensive methods and practices to assist libraries in establishing a responsible attitude to looking after their collections, the threats to collections are often known, but librarians frequently do not proclaim sufficiently loudly the consequences of ignoring the dangers. This book is designed to encourage those responsible to face up to these consequences and, together with scientific and technical experts, to formulate a positive policy for the future of the material in their collections.
The preservation, conservation treatment and reformatting of library and archival materials in problematic for many institutions, given the uneven nature of resource distribution. This book addresses the issues in a pragmatic way, providing alternatives to conventional practices while still describing them in detail. It will serve as a practical guide to a preservation and conservation problems that will continue to plague librarians while requiring commitment and resources to address them.