Title: George A. Smathers Libraries information leaflets
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00073866/00012
 Material Information
Title: George A. Smathers Libraries information leaflets
Series Title: Book and paper conservation
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: George A. Smathers Libraries
Affiliation: University of Florida -- George A. Smathers Libraries -- Preservation Department
Publisher: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Floria
Publication Date: 2002
Subject: University of Florida.   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00073866
Volume ID: VID00012
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida

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Book and Paper


T he Conservation Unit is responsible for
the physical condition, in all formats, of
the collections of the University of Florida
Libraries. Services include repair and restoration,
rebinding, deacidification and encapsulation,
construction of protective enclosures, and envi-
ronmental monitoring. The unit also serves as a
resource for the University and the general public
for questions relating to the conservation of
books, paper, and photographic materials.

The Conservation Unit is located in the
Preservation Department on the first floor of
Smathers Library on the University of Florida

Circulating materials are repaired and rebound
in-house using archival techniques and to current
archival standards.

Before After

Flat paper can be treated on a humidity
dome/suction table, to flatten, clean and
remove stains and discoloration. Photographs
and prints can be removed from damaging
mounts and backing boards and remounted
with archival quality materials.

Maps, manuscripts and flat paper can be
chemically deacidified to arrest aging and

Materials can then be preserved in a polyester
envelope (encapsulated) with the aid of an
ultrasonic encapsulator.

Special Collections materials are carefully
restored or stabilized and enclosed in custom
made acid-free boxes.

Before boxing After boxing

The warm, humid climate of Florida requires
the constant monitoring of environmental con-
ditions. Mold, mildew and insect infestations
are a constant threat. The occasional accident
such as a leaky roof or a burst water pipe leave
wet materials which need to be salvaged.

To assist in this salvage work, the department
is equipped with a blast freezer capable of
freezing over 200 volumes at one time. Materials
are frozen at -50 degrees F and then freeze-
dried over a several week period.

After drying, the books are either rebound or
repaired and returned to the collection.

The freezer can also be used for insect
extermination should an infestation occur in
the collection or to treat recently acquired
infested materials.


Blast freezer and insect exterminator

For more information on
conservation activities at the
University of Florida Libraries,
or for preservation questions
in general, contact:

John Freund, Conservator

University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
Preservation Department
PO Box 117007
Gainesville, FL 32611-7007

Phone: (352) 392-6962
Fax: (352) 392-6597
E-mail: Johfreu@mail.uflib.ufl.edu


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