Custodial Neglect

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Custodial neglect is the only one of the Ten Agents of Deterioration that is non-physical in nature, although the effects of neglect manifest themselves physically. One type of custodial neglect occurs when active care is not taken to preserve the collection or when information and practices on collections care are not current. The second type of custodial neglect is the disassociation of collection objects and their records. Ensuring that collections records are properly kept and maintained is of the highest priority.