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Preservation is of relevance in every operational area of a library or archive, and virtually every institutional decision has a preservation component. All institutional activities — from broad-based administrative decisions affecting policy development, building maintenance, and security, to more narrow departmental handling and processing practices — have an effect on the condition of library materials.
The Preservation Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison General Library System is responsible for the well-being of campus collections. Over the years, many students have taken the opportunity to complete a Practicum or Independent Study course in the Department. Courses may be completed in the Book Assessment unit and/or the Conservation Lab. Generally, students who choose to gain hands-on book repair experience in the Conservation Lab are also asked to complete readings in other aspects of preservation to broaden their understanding of the field. Students who are preparing to work in a particular type of library or have specialized interests may also wish to do focused reading in an area that particularly interests them. Examples of the types of skills to be gained are listed below.
paper repair using Japanese papers
rebacking (spine repair)
recasing (reattaching textblock to case)
construction of new cases
hand sewing of pamphlets and/or multi-signature textblocks
paper washing and aqueous deacidification
box or envelope-box construction
ability to evaluate damaged materials and recommend appropriate treatments
skill in navigating the Cataloging Module of Voyager
skill in searching OCLC
preparation of documents for various types of reformatting
techniques of preservation photocopying
evaluation of quality of microfilm or paper reprints
proper handling of deteriorated materials
meet daily challenges of preservation, e.g., disaster response