As Preservation Week continues, it is important to remember why this week exists.  Preservation Week was begun by the American Library Association with many partners in 2010 in order to bring awareness to the preservation needs of collections.  It has continually grown over the years and helped to raise awareness for the materials that need preservation.

In recognition of this week, The Genealogy Center has a full week of programming to assist our customers in their own preservation needs.  The Genealogy Center will also be posting blogs on different items in our collection that have been damaged and tips on how to prevent such damage.  We will also discuss how to preserve the damaged material so it will not be further damaged.  

Today, the next item that was brought to our attention is a book with ripped pages.  Ripped pages are usually the result of accidents.  Sometimes the tears are the result of negligence or done intentionally, but let’s focus on how to prevent and fix the damage.

Tips to prevent damage: Use caution when working with older books and/or irreplaceable books.  As books age, the paper is apt to become brittle and begin breaking.  Do not use gloves unless the book is going to cause you physical harm if you do not wear the gloves (i.e. mold).  Make sure your hands are clean and dry.  Use the book on a clean, dry surface and handle carefully.

Tips to deal with damage: DO NOT USE TAPE.  Tape is harmful to paper.  You can repair the paper if it will not cause further damage to the book.  One recommended method is to use Japanese tissue paper and a starch paste.  It is not recommended that archival tape is used.  Archival tape still can be gummed to the paper similarly to other adhesive tapes.