How The Library Of Congress Preserves The Past And Present

Rob Beschizza gives his account of two recent visits to Library Of Congress departments to see what techniques and practices are used in this prestigious organisation to preserve their immense collections.

“The Library of Congress has nearly 150 million items in its collection, including at least 21 million books, 5 million maps, 12.5 million photos and 100,000 posters. The largest library in the world, it pioneers both preservation of the oldest artifacts and digitization of the most recent–so that all of it remains available to future generations.  I recently took a tour of two LoC departments that exemplify this mission: the Preservation Research and Testing Division in Washington, D.C., and the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Va.” [Read More]

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