What does the Library do when certain collection items are so worn they cannot be served for fear of further damage? What actions can be taken to prevent the loss of content from the eventual failure of certain technology? How about migrating content from one preservation technology to another, more usable and accessible one? In […]
Finding the original book through pieces and fragments that got disassociated from it.
This post was authored by Katherine Kelly. Katherine is a Senior Conservator at the Library of Congress where she works primarily on repairing and rebinding books from the Geography and Map Division and the Music Division. In December of 2016, a group of conservators and conservation scientists from the Library of Congress (LC) and the […]
The Library of Congress stewards hundreds of thousands of paper-based and special format materials, and the Conservation Division at the Library employs a diverse staff of conservators, preservation specialists and technicians to treat and care for the incredible range of collections. Special collections materials, as well as the expansive general collection, are cared for according […]
I’m a research scientist and I’ve worked in a laser, microscopy, or spectroscopy laboratory (and sometimes a lovely combination of the three) for the past seventeen years. The last five of those years I’ve been lucky to call myself a Chemist at the Library of Congress, working in the optical properties lab of the Preservation […]
Preservation hosts US Congressman Mark Amodei (R-Nevada 2nd) and Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden for a visit to the Conservation Lab.
Learn about the Preservation Week webinars presented by Preservation staff at the Library of Congress.
Preservation gives us a special way of looking through the library. The questions we ask while maintaining these works reward us with distinctive answers about the intentions, knowledge, and creativity that they embody. This blog is intended to help you see the collections through our eyes by giving you the literary equivalent of a look over the shoulder of the Library’s preservation staff as they do their work.