BPG Selection for Preservation

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This page discusses factors that conservation staff, preservation administrators, collection managers, curators, librarians, archivists, and private owners may consider when choosing books to receive treatment or other preservation actions.

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BPG Selection for Preservation. 2021. Book and Paper Group Wiki. American Institute for Conservation (AIC). Accessed July 1, 2022. https://www.conservation-wiki.com/wiki/BPG_Selection_for_Preservation

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Preservation[edit | edit source]

  • What it is
  • Why it is important
  • What actions fall under the heading of "preservation"
  • Staff involved in preservation decision making

Selection for Preservation[edit | edit source]

  • Definition/Steps
  • Identification
  • Assessment
  • Selection
  • Documentation
  • Key questions/considerations
  • Value
  • Risk
  • Institutional Resources/cost

Institutional relevance and support[edit | edit source]

  • Importance of a given collection or project to the institution
  • Collection Development policies
  • Gaining institutional support

Identifying Items for Preservation[edit | edit source]

Avenues for identification[edit | edit source]

  • Handling/use
  • Users
- Research
- Classroom Use
- Tours
- Exhibitions
  • Staff
- Accessioning/acquisitions
- Physical processing
- Shelf preparation
- Digitization
- Surveys
- Emergency Response

Information[edit | edit source]

Types of Information[edit | edit source]

  • Information in the physical artifact
  • Materials
  • Structure
  • Chemical/physical properties
  • Material evidence
- Manufacture
- Provenance
- Use
- Care
- Alteration
- Repair
- Aging/deterioration
  • Content Information
  • Text
  • Images
  • Data
  • Metadata

Criteria for Selection[edit | edit source]

Value[edit | edit source]

  • Use
  • Storage
  • Research
  • Protected display (exhibit)
  • Unprotected display (in-house tours and presentations, classroom use)
  • User value
  • Current/future value
  • Monetary value
  • Religious or other spiritual value
  • Rarity/accessibility
  • Association Value

Risk[edit | edit source]

  • Security risk
  • Current physical condition
  • Deterioration
  • User Safety
- Mold

Usability[edit | edit source]

(how well can the item be used in its current condition)

Cost[edit | edit source]

  • Monetary cost
  • Time cost
  • Exclusion cost (e.g. what else won't get done)

Case Studies[edit | edit source]


Bibliography[edit | edit source]


History of This Page[edit | edit source]


This page was originally created as the "Selection for Preservation" chapter of the Book Conservation Wiki's Preservation section. It was moved into the Book and Paper Group Wiki as part of a reorganization in 2016.

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