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Conservation & Preservation Resources

Welcome to Tulane's new Conservation and Preservation Resources Page, where you'll find information on the care and treatment of library materials.

Special Collections Conservation Policies

To route items to conservation, please contact the Conservation Librarian at 504-862-8583 or sjohnso6@tulane.edu and send a completed form (one form per object, please) via mail or email.  A copy of the form is below.

Please note:

All items, once in the physical care of the Conservation Librarian, are unavailable for use until treatment is completed.  This applies to items sent to local Conservators (outside Tulane) as well.

Please proactively discuss any deadlines or special care/handling requests with the Conservation Librarian at the time of form submission.  All requests will be met as fully as is possible given the unique nature of conservation treatment.  Treatment requests with fewer than four weeks' notice may not be completed by the deadline.  Please plan treatments well ahead of exhibits or loans.

All items must be cataloged before conservation treatment can be performed.  The only exception occurs when the item(s) are too damaged/fragile/moldy to be safely handled during cataloging.

Circulating Collections Conservation Policies

To route items with typical damage to conservation, please fill out a small blue flag, place the flag in the book, and leave the book in either (1) the conservation review shelves located in Technical Services near the Bindery area or (2) in the courier's designated reshelving area in Circulation if the item arrives after-hours.

FOR EMERGENCIES:  

Always notify the Conservation Librarian at sjohnso6@tulane.edu!

A WET BOOK should be brought immediately to the Bindery staff and the Conservation Librarian notified at sjohnso6@tulane.edu.  If the Bindery staff are unavailable, email the Conservation Librarian and place the book on its end over paper towels, with the pages fanned open to facilitate drying.  See diagram below.

A MOLDY BOOK should be placed in a ziploc bag (which are available in both the Circulation and Bindery areas) and the Conservation Librarian notified at sjohnso6@tulane.edu.  The book should then be given to the Bindery staff to be placed in the designated freezer.

A BIO-HAZARD BOOK (full of insects, bodily fluids, etc.) should be placed in ziploc bag (which are available in both the Circulation and Bindery areas) and the Conservation Librarian notified at sjohnso6@tulane.edu.  The book should then be given to the Bindery staff to be placed in the designated freezer.

Please note:

FOR EMERGENCIES:  Always notify the Conservation Librarian at sjohnso6@tulane.edu!

All items, once in the physical care of the Conservation Librarian, are unavailable for use until treatment is completed.  

Please notify the Conservation Librarian of any immediate need for the return of an item (patron requests, etc.).  All requests will be met as fully as is possible given the unique nature of conservation treatment.

All items must be cataloged before conservation treatment can be performed.  The only exception occurs when the item(s) are too damaged/fragile/moldy to be safely handled during cataloging.

Photo / Audio / Video / Film Digitization Guidelines

Below is a list of outsource vendors for photo, audio, film, and video conservation and restoration that should be contacted for Tulane collections in lieu of other vendors.  Please contact the Conservation Librarian at sjohnso6@tulane.edu with any questions.

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