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Preservation

Preservation Services staff manage many programs designed to extend the life of the UW Libraries collections.  These activities can be divided roughly into two categories.

Preventive Preservation

Focuses on preventing damage to the collections as a whole, including:

Reformatting, Repair, and Treatment

Focuses on processing, reformatting, treating, and/or repairing items so that they can be used for as long as possible.  Reformatting specifically focuses on reproducing deteriorating collections onto more stable media to preserve their informational content and/or providing greater access to fragile original materials that have restricted handling due to their condition. Because preservation funding is finite, we focus our efforts on high-use, valuable, and vulnerable materials.