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.