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This is a study of current policy and practice on conservation and preservation in the libraries of EEC countries, giving American experience for comparison. The report reviews the preservation scene on a world-wide basis, noting developments in mass deacidification, cooperative microfilming, and the application of optical technology to libraries and archives. Campaigns for the use of `permanent' paper in new books, education and training of conservators, the preservation content of library education, and awareness measures are other topics. The second part is a survey of preservation needs and provision by country. Striking similarities are noted, as well as differences of approach determined by the structure and organisation of each library system, the distribution of early book collections, and the state of development of library services. Preservation resources are grossly inadequate. No country has a national policy and structure for preservation. The vital link between preservation and access is not seen. The Commission are recommended to assist national and international cooperation in microfilming, mass treatment, and R and D; also in education and training, stock surveys, and permanent paper and awareness campaigns.

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Authors: WILSON A, British Library (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11563 EN (1988) 144 pp.
Availability: Available from K.G. Saur Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, München (DE)
ISBN: ISBN 3-598-10766-8
Record Number: 198911259 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en