Taste the Handbook!

Get a free taste of the Special Collections Handbook in its latest form. Facet Publishing have made Chapter 2 on Emergency Planning available via open access so everyone can see what the book has to offer. Keeping collections safe from fire, flood, and the other "enemies of books" has been the essential task of librarians … Continue reading Taste the Handbook!

Collection Care at the British Library

The British Library's Preservation Advisory Centre was closed in March 2014.  Concerns about the loss of this valuable service were raised by many organisations and individuals.  It is a pity that it has not proved possible to find a way to fund it though it is good to note that the publications (such as the … Continue reading Collection Care at the British Library

Salvaging Welsh Archives: latest on NLW fire

Latest on the National Library of Wales fire: this article on the BBC website which outlines the extent of the damage to collections and gives an insight into working practices and salvage processes.  £5 million of damage was done and, sad to report, some archives were irreparably damaged by water and smoke.  Lightly damaged material … Continue reading Salvaging Welsh Archives: latest on NLW fire

Danger! Contractors at (Hot) Work!

Got the builders in?  This greatly increases the risks of fire and water damage to your building and collections and services.  And "hot work" activities such as the use of blowtorches or welding equipment are particularly risky. Two major fires in heritage organisations in recent weeks graphically illustrate this point. Fortunately no-one was hurt as … Continue reading Danger! Contractors at (Hot) Work!