During this summer, the Collections Management Division (CMD) embarked on a marathon of in-person care and handling training sessions for staff and contracts to illustrate the importance of following best practices when managing the materials throughout daily activities in order to preserve and prevent damages to the collections.
This article is about the experience of a summer intern in the Preservation Directorate, General Collections Conservation Section at the Library of Congress. It contains descriptions of basic repairs, book-making and paper-making labs, and other activities.
Did you know that at the Library of Congress, some books can’t go straight onto the bookshelves? Read on to see how Library employees use box-making machinery to rehouse sensitive items so they can be cared for and properly stored.
When preserving items, sometimes the very materials used to make it are the thing that can cause its ultimate destruction, in this case, acidic paper.
Claire Dekle, Senior Book Conservator, analyzes an early printing of the influential “Join, or Die” cartoon printed in 1754.
John Bertonaschi, Senior Rare Book Conservator, details his efforts in acquiring raw materials to rebind a medieval manuscript in hardwood
The COVID-19 Pandemic caused offices across the world to adapt to working from home, but how do you do that if you’re a librarian? The staff of the Processing and Preparation Section had to make changes to their technology and their processes to make the leap to telework.
This blog highlights some suggestions to keep in mind when moving collections off-site based on the presentation given by Cathy Martyniak, Chief of the Collections Management Division (CMD), during the 2022 Preservation Week.
Liz Peirce, Objects Conservator, describes her experience conserving a rare example of the Great Seal of the Realm and the attached treaty between Great Britain and Cuba.
For over a decade, scientists at the Library have been using sealed, low-oxygen anoxic display encasements for the concurrent exhibition and preservation of iconic objects. The Library currently maintains two of these exhibition encasements for displaying iconic maps by Abel Buell and Martin Waldseemüller.