Preservation Week: April 22- 29, 2012. This week on the blog we’re highlighting Preservation Week with daily pointers for preserving your personal collections.
With the devastation of last year’s flood still lingering and the cleanup ongoing, it is vital that we keep in mind one of the most damaging aspects of flooding: mold contamination.
Mold can feed on paper and glues that are in your valuable books. In the right conditions mold can develop within 48-72 hours once an item becomes wet. With the promise of warmer weather coming soon, it is important to be diligent in keeping your surroundings clean and free of moisture. To learn about preventing mold growth here are a few web sites:
- Northeast Document Conservation Center “Emergency Salvage of Moldy Books and Paper” leaflet
- Florida Solar Energy Center mold growth website
- Environmental Protection Agency mold and moisture website
- Washington State Department of Health mold website
Preservation Week at Dartmouth College Library is part of an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association to raise awareness of preservation issues and solutions. For more information visit our website.