Ohio University Libraries Hosts Preservation Workshop

Last Friday, participants gathered at the Library Annex for a preservation workshop sponsored by the Ohio Preservation Council. The workshop gave the Ohio University Libraries the opportunity to collaborate with institutions across southeast Ohio. 

Led by Miriam Nelson, Head of Preservation, the workshop showcased three main techniques for preservation: a box for fragile books, a polyester encapsulation for single pages, and a Tyvek pocket to hold items such as sheet music. All of the necessary materials were chosen for their accessibility for future use. These techniques can protect items from UV light and changing environments. The casings can also safeguard artifacts during travel and provide the integrity needed to safely handle them. Participants of all experience levels were able to leave having built each type of enclosure and knowing better how to select appropriate ones for their institutions.

The photos below are from the workshop, with additional photos available on the Libraries Flickr site

 

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(From left) Miriam Nelson, head of preservation, hands a document to Connie Ostrove, visiting from the Bexley Historical Society Museum, during the Preservation Workshop: Learning to Preserve Valuable Collections Using Basic Enclosures which took place at the Hwa-Wei Lee Library Annex on the afternoon of Friday, October 11, 2013. (Photo by Tyler Stabile/Ohio University Libraries)

 

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Participants from several historical organizations participated in the Preservation Workshop: Learning to Preserve Valuable Collections Using Basic Enclosures, which was held at the Hwa-Wei Lee Library Annex on the afternoon of Friday, October 11, 2013. (Photo by Tyler Stabile/Ohio University Libraries)

 

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Connie Ostrove, visiting from the Bexley Historical Society Museum, works to preserve a document during the Preservation Workshop: Learning to Preserve Valuable Collections Using Basic Enclosures at the Hwa-Wei Lee Library Annex on the afternoon of Friday, October 11, 2013. (Photo by Tyler Stabile/Ohio University Libraries)