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Evaluation of mass deacidification processes

Objective

Alum-rosin sizing for paper, which came into commercial use in 1835 caused a shift of pH of paper from pseudo-neutral to acidic regions, which dramatically decreased permanence of paper. As a result, decay of library and archival holdings are reaching catastrophic proportions, with about 25% of the books in the general library collections brittle while additional 60% are endangered. In order to prevent the decay of paper induced by acids, a variety of mass deacidification techniques are available on the market. While a number of comparative evaluations of the treatments were performed in the past, the processes are continuously changing, while additional three were developed in recently. The proposed project aims to: - develop standard model materials and evaluation criteria, in order to enable superior evaluation of existing processes and ease in assessment of emerging ones - comparatively evaluate immediate and long term effects of treatments - develop quality control criteria and evaluation techniques - address environmental and health aspects The objective of extensive dissemination is to incorporate the most suitable mass treatment into the preservation policy of European libraries and archives.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/media and communications/library science/archives
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particle physics

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SSP-3
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
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Coordinator

NARODNA IN UNIVERZITETNA KNJIZNICA
Address
Turjaska 1
Ljubljana
Slovenia

Participants (11)

BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE
France
Address
Quai Francois Mauriac
Paris
EUROPEAN COMMISSION ON PRESERVATION AND ACCESS
Netherlands
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29
Amsterdam
KONINKLIJKE BIBLIOTHEEK
Netherlands
Address
Prins Willem-alexanderhof 5
Den Haag
NATIONAAL ARCHIEF
Netherlands
Address
Prins Willem Alexanderhof 20
Den Haag
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO
Netherlands
Address
Schoemakerstraat 97
Delft
RIKSARKIVET
Sweden
Address
Fyrverkarbacken 13-17
Stockholm
RUSSIAN STATE LIBRARY
Russia
Address
3/5,Vozdvizhenka Street
Moscow
SLOVENSKY NARODNY ARCHIV
Slovakia
Address
Drotarska Cesta 42
Bratislava
THE BRITISH LIBRARY
United Kingdom
Address
96 Euston Road
London
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
Ljubljana
UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI
Poland
Address
Ul. Golebia 24
Krakow