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Preservation News

Jane Hedberg prepares this column for the College Libraries Committee, Commission on Preservation and Access. Submissions may be made to Jane Hedberg, Wellesley College;; fax: (781) 283-3690

NEDCC Preservation Manual

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) has published the third edition of its Preservation of Library & Archival Materials…anual. This updated and expanded edition, which was made available on the Web in March 1999, is now available in print. The 412-page, 50-leaflet manual contains revised versions of all the leaflets from the first and second editions, plus eight new leaflets. The manual costs $50 (including shipping and handling); there is an online order form available at http:// For more information, contact Kim O’Leary, NEDCC, 100 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA 01810; phone: (978) 470-1010; fax: (978) 475-6021; e-mail:

NARA annual conference

The National Archives and Records Administration will hold its 15th annual preservation conference on March 28, 2000, at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. The theme is “Deacidification Reconsidered,” and the conference will bring together conservation scientists, conservators, and preservation experts to consider the technical aspects of deacidification.

Presentations include “Chemical, Architectural, and Mechanical Features of ‘Paper’ and Its Deterioration,” “Mechanisms of Washing and Mass Deacidification,” “Chemical Studies of the Beneficial Effects of CalciumEnriched Wash Water,” “New Insights in the Effects of Deacidification Treatments and Storage Environments on the Life of PaperBased Collections,” “Saving the Written Word: Mass Deacidification at the Library of Congress,” “Mass Deacidification: Considerations for Archives,” “All in Day’s Work: Why and Ho…eacidify,” and “Treatment of Previously Deacidified Paper Artifacts.”

The cost is $75 and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Eleanor Torain, conference coordinator (NWT), 8601 Adlephi Road, Room 2807, College Park, MD 20740-6001; phone: (301) 7136718; fax: (301) 713-6653; e-mail:; URL: techinfo/preserva/conferen/2000.html.

Digital Reality II

NELINET, Inc., the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum are sponsorin…onference about digital communication and its preservation on June 5, 2000, at the Kennedy Library in Boston. The program features “The Future of the World Wide Web” by Tim Bemers-Lee, “The World Wide Web and the Future of Libraries” by Walt Crawford, “Digital Preservation” by Paul Conway, “Migration a…reservation Strategy” by Fynnette Eaton, “Emulation a…reservation Strategy” by Jeff Rothenberg, an…anel discussion about strategies for preserving digital documents moderated by Jan Merrill-Oldham.

For more information or to register, contact Robert Cunningham at NELINET, Inc., Two Newton Executive Park, Newton, MA 02162; phone: (800) NELINET or (617) 9690400: fax: (617) 332-9634; e-mail:; URL: http://www.

NYU environmental control workshops

The New York Real Estate Institute of New York University is offering three workshops about environmental conditions in cultural institutions as part of their Building and Construction Seminar Series. The first will be “Conservation Environments for Museums and Libraries” on March 6, 2000, the second will be “Establishin…onservation Environment Monitoring Program” on March 7, and the third will be “Fundamentals of Conservation Environment Lighting” on March 8, 2000. The lecturer for all three workshops will be William P. Lull, president of Garrison/Lull Inc.

The cost for each workshop is $185. For more information, contact The Real Estate Institute, New York University, 11 West 42nd St., New York, NY 10036; phone: (212) 7901362; URL: dyncon/rlst/cour_muse. html. ■

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