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Preservation Manual On-line

www.nedcc.org: Available March 1, 1999

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) announces the on-line
availability of the third edition of its publication Preservation of
Library & Archival Materials: A Manual, edited by Sherelyn Ogden.  The
updated and expanded version of the manual will be available March 1, 1999
on NEDCC s Web site at <www.nedcc.org>.  A desire to make current
information readily available at no cost prompted NEDCC to update the
manual, adding important topics, and to make it available on the Web.  In
addition, if a user prefers the convenience of a book, a bound version will
be available through NEDCC later this year.

The manual is approximately 350 pages in length and consists of a series of
51 technical leaflets.  The third edition contains eight new leaflets,
including Digital Technology Made Simpler; The Relevance of Preservation in
a Digital World; Preservation Assessment and Planning; An Introduction to
Fire Detection, Alarm, and Automatic Fire Sprinklers; Collections Security:
Planning and Prevention for Libraries and Archives; and more.  In addition,
every leaflet from the first two editions has been updated to reflect new
information and changing opinions.  The manual is one of few preservation
publications written in layman s language that is an authoritative
reference source for up-to-date scientific research.  Sections include
planning and prioritizing, the environment, emergency management, storage
and handling, reformatting, and conservation procedures.  Professional
illustrations make the "how-to" leaflets easy to understand and use.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a Federal agency that
fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning, supported the
project to convert NEDCC s preservation manual to electronic format for
Internet access.  In addition, NEDCC receives major funding for its field
service program from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Northeast Document Conservation Center is a nonprofit regional
conservation center specializing in the conservation of paper-based
materials including books, documents, photographs, architectural drawings,
maps, posters, wallpaper, and works of art on paper.  It performs paper
conservation, book binding, preservation microfilming, and duplication of
photographic negatives.  Its purpose is to provide the highest quality
conservation services and to serve as a source of consultation and training
for institutions that hold paper-based collections.

For information about ordering the printed version, contact Gay Tracy at
Northeast Document Conservation Center, 100 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA
01810; phone (978) 470-1010 ext. 217; fax (978) 475-6021; or email

Gay S. Tracy
Public Relations Coordinator
Northeast Document Conservation Center
100 Brickstone Square
Andover  MA  01810-1494
Tel 978 470-1010
Fax 978 475-6021

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