Mass Deacidification at the Bibliothèque Nationale (Sablé-sur-Sarthe Center): Assessment after Two Years of Operation (late 1992)

Mass Deacidification at the Bibliothèque Nationale (Sablé-sur-Sarthe Center): Assessment after... INTRODUCTION After the-failure of the request for proposals made by the Library of Congress last year, the development of mass deacidification techniques seems to be slowing down at present. Although some companies are doing a lot of advertising, most of the major libraries throughout the world are still cautious and prefer to wait and see: the librarians seem to think that the available systems are not satisfactory, and they are more demanding, probably because of the progress in research (particularly in the strengthening of paper). However, they should keep in mind that a few plants are already operational, and that these plants have for years perfected, and then used the first mass deacidification facilities. And yet, people who work in them have experience that could be invaluable for other libraries. Consequently, it is useful to assess (from the viewpoint of a librarian) the operation of the plant built by the Bibliotheque Nationale of France in Sable-sur-Sarthe, which came into regular service in 1989. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND1"5 Sable is a technical center, created in 1979 with the aim of safeguarding the collections of acid books kept by the Departement des Livres Imprimes of the Bibliotheque Nationale, which had decided to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Restaurator - International Journal for the Preservation of Library and Archival Material de Gruyter

Mass Deacidification at the Bibliothèque Nationale (Sablé-sur-Sarthe Center): Assessment after Two Years of Operation (late 1992)

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de Gruyter
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Copyright © 2009 Walter de Gruyter
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0034-5806
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1865-8431
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10.1515/rest.1993.14.1.1
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INTRODUCTION After the-failure of the request for proposals made by the Library of Congress last year, the development of mass deacidification techniques seems to be slowing down at present. Although some companies are doing a lot of advertising, most of the major libraries throughout the world are still cautious and prefer to wait and see: the librarians seem to think that the available systems are not satisfactory, and they are more demanding, probably because of the progress in research (particularly in the strengthening of paper). However, they should keep in mind that a few plants are already operational, and that these plants have for years perfected, and then used the first mass deacidification facilities. And yet, people who work in them have experience that could be invaluable for other libraries. Consequently, it is useful to assess (from the viewpoint of a librarian) the operation of the plant built by the Bibliotheque Nationale of France in Sable-sur-Sarthe, which came into regular service in 1989. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND1"5 Sable is a technical center, created in 1979 with the aim of safeguarding the collections of acid books kept by the Departement des Livres Imprimes of the Bibliotheque Nationale, which had decided to

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Restaurator - International Journal for the Preservation of Library and Archival Materialde Gruyter

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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