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Jane Hedberg

ARL publishes preservation resource guides

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published seven comprehensive re- source guides to the basic components of preservation programs. The guides pro- vide normative information which can be used to evalu- ate existing preservation pro- grams or provide the impe- tus for new initiatives. The titles are: Options for Replac- ing and Reformatting Dete-

riorated Materials-, Collections Conservation-, Commercial Library Binding, Collections Main- tenance and Improvement Programs-, Disaster Preparedness-, Staff Training and User Aware- ness in Preservation Management-,and Orga- nizing Preservation Activities.

Copies are available for $15 each, or $70 for the set of seven, from the ARL, Publications Dept., Dept. #0692, Washington, DC 20073- 0692. Orders must be prepaid. For more information, contact Gloria Haws, (202) 296-8656.

CPA distributes report on preservation issues in Archives

The Commission on Preservation and Access is distributing The Preservation of Archival Materials, the eight-page report of its Task Forces on Archival Selection. The Task Forces attempted to identify and consider a variety of issues important to the preservation of archival materials and to include a variety of viewpoints in the report. It is intended for a diverse audience: archivists; preservation professionals; administrators of institutions, facilities, professional organizations, networks or consortia; allocators of government or private funding; as well as, users of archival materials.

The Task Forces have also developed a decision model for assigning preservation priorities to archival materials, which is being tested by the Research Libraries Group, Inc. RLG will distribute the results of the test after it is completed.

Copies of The Preservation of Archival Materials are available for $5 from the Commission on Preservation and Access, 1400 16th Street, N.W., Suite 740, Washington, DC 20036- 2217. Orders must be prepaid. (Commission sponsors receive copies of all CPA publications free-of-charge.) For more information, contact Sonny Koerner, (202) 939-3400.

Culpeper Foundation grant to CPA

The Commission on Preser- vation and Access (CPA) re- ceived a two-year, $175,000 grant from the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation. The funds will be used to support three major CPA programs; communications and publi- cations (including the CPA newsletter), two multi-day seminars for library school deans on “reconceptualizing” preserva- tion education, and the College Libraries Com- mittee.

The College Libraries Committee has been involved in a number of activities supporting preservation of smaller academic collections. At its most recent meeting, the Committee selected 22 participants for the second Preservation Management for College Libraries Seminar (to be held in July 1993) and committed itself to interest other organizations in sponsoring future PMCL seminars. The Committee has also been involved in the planning of Project IBID, a demonstration project designed to test the feasibility of storing out-of-print books in digital format and producing copies upon demand. The Committee’s chair, Kathleen Spencer, has spoken at a briefing session for members of Congress and their staffs on the importance of the NEH Preservation Program for college libraries. The Committee’s current members are: Willis E. Bridegam, Librarian at Amherst College; Barbara J. Brown, University Librarian at Washington & Lee University; David Cohen, Director of Libraries at the College of Charleston; Caroline M. Coughlin, Library Director at Drew University; Michael Haeuser, Head Librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College; and Kathleen Spencer, Library Director at Franklin & Marshall College. ■

Jane Hedberg prepares this column for the College Libraries Committee, Commission on Preservation and Access. Submissions may be made via: Internet: JHEDBERG@SLUCY. WELLESLEY.EDU; fax: (617) 283- 3640; phone-. (617) 283-2103; or mail to: Jane Hedberg, Wellesley College Library, 106 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02181-8275.

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