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!

Special, Safe and Secure

An impressive new work published by the Association of College & Research Libraries offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of security for special collections: Guide to security considerations and practices for rare book, manuscript and special collection libraries, compiled and edited by Everett Wilkie (ACRL, 2011).  The book offers definitive expert guidance on this vital … Continue reading Special, Safe and Secure