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Preservation News

Jane Hedberg Jane Hedberg prepares this column for the College Libraries Committee, Commission on Preservation and Access. Submissions for this column 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. Submission deadline is the 15th of the month and precedes publication by approximately six weeks.

CPA establishes preservation admini- strators group

The Board of the Commis- sion on Preservation and Access voted at its April 30, 1992, meeting to establish a preservation administrators group which would provide a more effective means for preservation administrators to contribute to the com- mission’s programs. This group is expected to discuss and analyze current preservation needs and to advise the commission on ways it can assist them with educational opportunities, cooperative activities, public visibility, or financial support. The board is planning to appoint members to the group at a future date.

IU holds "Preservation Awareness Week"

Indiana University Libraries chose preserva- tion of library materials as the theme for a series of events held during National Library Week (April 5-11). George Cunha, founder and director emeritus of the Northeast Docu- ment Conservation Center, delivered a key- note address entitled “Library Conservation: 1990’s and Beyond.” Other events included a preservation education “film festival,” exhibits in the Main Library lobby, book treatment dem- onstrations by the libraries’ conservators, tours of the Libraries’ Preservation Depart- ment, and diagnostic clinics with “Dr. Book.”

Bookmarks, posters, and book bags with preservation messages were distributed dur- ing the week and are now available free of charge to other libraries. For samples of these items or more information about “Preservation Awareness Week” contact: Lorraine Olley, Preservation Department, Main Library E050, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, IN 47405; (812) 855-6281.

ARSC reprints pamphlet on preservation of sound recordings

The Associated Audio Ar- chives Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) has reprinted the classic 1959 publication, “Preservation and Storage of Sound Recordings,” by A. G. Pickett and M. M. Lemcoe. The original 74-page pam- phlet reported the results of an LC investiga- tion (supported by a Rockefeller Foundation Grant) of deterioration of stored sound re- cordings. Since the study covers deterioration during storage, not playback, most of the re- sults are still valid and useful, and may even be applied to other A/V media. Reprint cop- ies cost $20.00, including postage, and may be ordered from: The ARSC Executive Direc- tor, Publication Orders, P.O. Box 10162, Sil- ver Spring, MD 20914.

U of NSW offers new program in conservation

In March 1993 the School of Information, Library and Archive Studies at the University of New South Wales in Kensington, Australia, will offer a new undergraduate program, the Bachelor of Information Studies (Conservation). It is a three-year, full-time course with strong emphasis on the application of chemical principles to the conservation and preservation of paper and nonpaper formats, but also covers preservation program management, exhibition management, and computing. Graduates of the program are expected to complete a post-graduate qualification (the equivalent of a master’s degree) in librarianship or archives administration.

For more information about the program write: The School of Information, Library and Archive Studies, The University of New South Wales, PO Box 1, Kensington, NSW 2033, Australia. ■

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