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The mission of Berkeley's preservation program is to maintain the collections in serviceable condition. Additional goals are to contribute to the profession by participating in education and training of preservation personnel, and to the research library community through leadership in preservation work at University wide, statewide, and national levels.
The UCB Library Preservation Department is responsible for preservation of paper- and film-based collections. Digital collections are preserved by the UC California Digital Library on behalf of all the campuses of the University. The Preservation Department pursues four objectives toward achieving its goal of maintaining the collections in serviceable condition:
In addition to these preservation program objectives, the Department has enjoyed a long history of cooperation with collection managers throughout the Library on special projects to preserve areas of strength in the UCB collections. In recent years for example, there have been several projects to preserve and make digital surrogates for 2nd century BC papyri, photographs and manuscripts documenting the 1849 California gold rush, images from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, and documents from the immigration and settlement by peoples of Chinese heritage in California.
HISTORY AND STATISTICS
Recognition of a need to consolidate disparate preservation activities in the Library and to increase attention to care of the collections led Berkeley to establish the Preservation Department in 1980. The decision to create a centralized program was in significant part based on a substantial study of collection preservation needs completed in 1975 by Jo Ann Brock of the Library staff, A program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Materials in the General Library, University of California, Berkeley.
The Department is charged with maintaining the collections in serviceable condition for instruction and research, and has an operational responsibility to provide treatment for the collections, including binding, repair, conservation, and replacement of materials too damaged or deteriorated to be preserved in original form. Additionally, the Department advises library collection managers on the overall care and security of materials in their charge. Department staff frequently serve as information resources and consultants for UCB libraries, for other UC campuses, and for the statewide library community.
The Department staff offer a full complement of library preservation services. Staff are organized into five service units, each responsible for a group of related services: binding Preparation, Conservation Treatment, Preservation Microfilming, Preservation Replacement, and Preservation Administration. Please see the web pages at this site for information on specific services.
OVERALL PRODUCTION NUMBERS FOR FY 2008/09
Staff in the Preservation Department take considerable pride in providing a high level of responsiveness to urgent Library preservation needs and in accomplishing as much work as possible toward meeting overall collection needs. However, funding is not sufficient to preserve all of Berkeley's collections for future use by students and scholars.
The Department is very fortunate to have several endowments thus far to underwrite preservation staff, supplies, and services. The Hans Rausing Conservatorship Fund supports preservation of the paper-based collections. The UCB Class of '56, perhaps is the first class at a major university to make endowing the Library preservation program its class goal, supports a position for a library conservator.
Gifts to the UCB Library earmarked for preservation of the collections greatly enhance the Library's ability to provide preservation care. Hundreds of gifts from individual donors each year, from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars, enable the Preservation Department to make much more progress than could be made on State funds alone. Inquiries about opportunities for giving to the Library preservation program can be made to the Head of the Preservation Department, , phone: (510) 642-4946.