August 13th, 2006

The Librarian

Treasure care 101

There's a new leak in the roof ... right over the bookcase or the to-read pile on the coffee table? You've just learned that one of your relatives is planning to make a family album by scotchtaping the irreplaceable photos of your ancestors onto construction paper? Some other book/photo/family document incident too horrific to think about?

Then it's time to visit Library of Congress Preservation Dept.'s Caring for Your Collections site ... one-stop shopping for professional tips that won't end up causing greater and permanent damage.

Bookmark this one ... even if you don't need it today, someday the need WILL arise (speaking as someone who was once called into work on Sunday because a sprinkler head had exploded in the circulating collection) and you'll need an answer FAST!