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        The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) announces the
publication of the third edition of Preservation of Library & Archival
Materials: A Manual, in hardcover.  This revised and expanded edition,
edited by Sherelyn Ogden, has been available electronically on the NEDCC Web
site since March 1999, but this is the first time it has appeared in printed
form.  Rapid technical changes and their impact on the preservation
profession prompted NEDCC to update and expand the manual by adding
important contemporary topics that were not included in the previous
edition.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a Federal
agency that fosters innovation, leadership and a lifetime of learning, has
supported this project.  In addition, NEDCC receives major funding for its
field service program from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The purpose of the manual is to provide the basic, practical information
needed to enable non-conservator staff of libraries, archives, and museums
to plan and implement sound collections care programs.  It is intended for
those who must make decisions that affect preservation of collections, or
who want to upgrade standards of care in order to better preserve materials.

The manual is approximately 412 pages in length and is comprised of 50
individual technical leaflets.  Every leaflet from the first two editions
has been updated to reflect new information and changing opinions.  In
addition, 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.  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

        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.  For outside clients,
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

To obtain a copy of Preservation of Library and Archival Materials: A
Manual, send a check made out to NEDCC for $50.00 to the Northeast Document
Conservation Center, attn: Kim O Leary, 100 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA
01810; The cost includes UPS Ground shipping and handling within the
continental U.S.  All payments must be made in U.S. dollars.  Include your
name and mailing address, or use an order form, available at www.nedcc.org.

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