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The Preservation and Protection of Library Collections: A Practical Guide to Microbiological Controls

Handbook / Manual

Series: Chandos Information Professional Series

By: Bogdan Filip Zerek(Author)

482 pages, colour illustrations

Chandos Publishing

Paperback | Aug 2014 | #221325 | ISBN-13: 9781843347590
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Preservation involves a complex of activities including climate, air-quality, and surface control, as well as microbiological control, which is a key part of preserving and protecting library collections. The Preservation and Protection of Library Collections examines microbiological control for preservation of library and archival collections. A supporting tool for conservators, this title should be integrated into conservation and preservation policy. The book comprises nine sections that cover three aspects: microbiology, surveying, and the response required. Chapters in The Preservation and Protection of Library Collections cover the nature of the library collections, physical and chemicals factors and their impact on microbiological issues, as well as biological factors and methods of microbiological control of the air and objects. Later chapters examine methods of object disinfection, disaster response, methods of microbiological control and evaluation of collections, and includes a vocabulary guide, appendices, literature information and references.


- The nature of the library collections
- Physical and chemicals factors - impact on microbiological issues
- Biological factors
- Methods of the microbiological control of the air
- Methods of the microbiological control of the objects
- Methods of disinfection of the objects
- Methods of microbiological control and evaluation of the collections
- Disaster response
- Vocabulary
- Appendices
- Literature and references

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Bogdan Filip Zerek works for the National Library of Poland and since 2007 has been the head of the microbiology, disinfection and conservation of atypical objects section. He is also deputy head of the Conservation Department-Laboratory. With an MA in paper conservation and an MS in environmental biology, Bogdan is most active in the field of microbiological control, as a part of conservation and preservation measures for both single objects and whole collections. Bogdan has practical experience in daily Library routine, disaster response and scientific experimental research.

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