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Preservation Week in the Library

April 22 through 26 is Preservation Week. Libraries and archives around the country are putting on programs to raise awareness about the importance of preservation. At Haverford we invite you to stop by the Library during the noon hour each day where we will be displaying and demonstrating some of the efforts we take to preserve the Library’s rare and unique materials.

Monday, April 22, 2013: noon to 1 p.m.
In Special Collections
Enemies of the Stacks
Environment, light and pests of the animal (or even human) variety can threaten the life of books and manuscripts. Examples of preservation work done at Haverford will be on display and Library Conservator Bruce Bumbarger will answer questions about solutions to common preservation issues.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013: noon to 1 p.m.
In the Bindery, 1st Tier of Magill
Water, Water, Everywhere!
Water can certainly be a threat to rare materials, but it can also be a tool in effective preservation. Visit the Library’s bindery/conservation lab to see how special wet treatments can prolong the life of paper-based materials.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013: noon to 1 p.m.
In Special Collections
Saving the Family Tree, One Leaf at a Time
The Library is partnering with to provide online access to parts of our voluminous Quaker Collection. Visit Ancestry’s on-site digitizing operation to see how Quaker records are being digitized at the rate of 40,000 images per month.
Thursday, April 25, 2013: noon to 1 p.m.
In the Bindery, 1st Tier of Magill
Tools of the Trade
The modern book bindery looks something like a medieval torture chamber. Visit Special Collections to see a sampling of presses, frames, instruments and tools—all used in the service of repairing and rebuilding the technology we call “the book.”
Friday, April 26, 2013: noon to 1 p.m.
In Special Collections
Thinking Inside The Box
Sometimes the best preservation device is a box. See how boxes, folders, portfolios and other enclosures are made and how they help to prolong the lives of books, manuscripts, maps and photographs.
For more information, please contact John Anderies at

The ramp from Magill Library with Ryan Gym and Sharpless Hall in the background.

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