Massachusetts Archives


Preservation Advisory Committee agendas and minutes [Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners]

Part of: Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Preservation Advisory Committee agendas and minutes, 1989-2010.

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Call no.: AF22/2694X

Scope and Content: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate, and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. It is governed by nine commissioners appointed by the governor. The board has had an active preservation program since 1988, when the position of Preservation Specialist was created. The focus of this program is preservation advice/service to libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies throughout Massachusetts.  Included in these activities are preservation training through workshops, articles in MBLC Notes, disaster preparedness training, advice and on-site visits in the event of an institutional disaster, warnings about possible natural events that could possibly affect the well-being and/or survival of cultural heritage collections, a program of environmental monitoring in institutions throughout the Commonwealth through the use of digital temperature and relative humidity dataloggers, the creation of a library of preservation resources in the MBLC’s reference collection, and a collection of preservation supply catalogs to serve as a resource for those seeking preservation supplies. –The MBLC Preservation Advisory Committee (before 1999 known successively as the Collection Management Consultants Advisory Committee (1989); Collection Management Advisory Committee (1990); Collection Management/Preservation Specialists Advisory Committee (1992); Collection Management/Preservation Advisory Committee (1992)) was formed to advise the Preservation Specialist on the development and implementation of the coordinated statewide preservation program for library and archives collection in Massachusetts as described above. Sixteen members each serving three-years terms were appointed by the Director of the MBLC, based on the recommendation of the Preservation Specialist. Three each came from academic libraries, public libraries, archives/manuscript repositories, and historical societies/research libraries, one each from the Northeast Document Conservation Center and the Massachusetts Archives, and two from the six state library interlibrary borrowing regions.
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