Binding is a cost-effective conservation procedure that effectively extends the length of available use of books by Library users. The Preservation Department monitors commercial bindery contract to insure the Library´s books are bound to an established national preservation standard. Prior to sending books to the bindery, professional conservation assessment procedures determine treatment including appropriate binding. This supports the Library´s collections and circulating books.
There is no other comprehensive Preservation Lab for Books and Archival Collections in the State of Hawai´i. The Preservation Department is an asset that is a State-wide resource. By providing specialized training, and offering courses through the University´s Library and Information program the Department develops professionalism throughout the State. The Departmental web page provides information to assist the community in caring for family collections.
To share the Library´s diverse and often unique
resources, it is essential to support state-of-the-art
conservation resources. The Paper Treatment Lab provides
treatment for a broad range of unique materials in the
Library collections including architectural renderings
(archives), art on paper (Charlot), maps, posters etc.
This material has never received proper treatment in the
Library. The Paper Treatment Lab completes assessment of
materials and depending on the paper structure and the
media they determine treatment options including
flattening, washing, dry cleaning, and leaf casting. Since
2005 the Lab has been working on maps and other materials
damaged by water and mud in the October 2004 flood.
Disaster planning and training insures stewardship of
the Library´s resources. All of the Preservation
Department staff have an on-going role in maintaining a
current Collection Disaster Recovery Plan, and provide
training for Library staff. Pre-Qualification of a
disaster recovery company will provide resources necessary
in case of a significant disaster similar to the flash
flood in October 2004.
For more information see the Disaster Planning page.
Prevention is the most cost effective investment to care
for Library resources in a tropical environment.
Environmental monitoring provides baseline information and
alerts the department to potential biological problems
including mold and insects. An integrated Pest Management
program treats all incoming gifts to the library by freeze
extermination. (for more information, please see the
Pest Extermination Freezer Information (PEFI) form and
Guidelines for Freeze Extermination).
Monitoring collections for mold or pest infestation is also an essential preventative strategy. Unfortunately the Department is often having to compensate for lack of building maintenance, and spends considerable time creating plastic ceilings to protect collections from water leaks.
Showing-off the Library´s exciting resources
engages the community. Library materials for exhibition
both in the Library and for loan to other collections
require examination, conservation treatment, and
exhibition mounts to showcase the resources
professionally. The Department is collaborating on
developing an exhibition policy for Library collections.