Preservation

Preservation Slipsheet

Public libraries are often repositories for important local history collections and cultural artifacts that deserve attention and care. Since librarians are the stewards of these irreplaceable collections, the New Jersey State Library has assembled a number of resources to help you in your preservation planning.

Preservation of Special Collections and Library Materials

The New Jersey State Library is leading a two-year initiative to address urgent collections care needs in New Jersey through educational programs and training.  Intended to reach collections care professionals and volunteers, these programs will encourage the use of best practices, support targeted fundraising and marketing, increase the use of existing resources, and accelerate the development of collaborative strategies.

A Strategic Stewardship Plan for the State of New Jersey

preserving a very old document a book sorely in need of restoration a librarian demonstrating book preservation

Public libraries are often repositories for important local history collections and cultural artifacts that deserve attention and care. Since librarians are the stewards of these irreplaceable collections, the New Jersey State Library has assembled a number of resources to help you in your preservation planning.

Dont think you have a local history collection? Take a good look around your library.  If you have any of the following, then the towns irreplaceable local history is in your care: newspapers, maps, photographs, postcards, oral history, archival records of local clubs and agencies, family papers, government master plans, municipal meeting minutes, fine art, private papers.

Preservation in the News

Preservation Programs, Institutions, & Organizations

Conservation Centers

  • Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
    This Conservation Center specializes in the treatment of art and historic artifacts on paper. Established in 1977, CCAHA is one of the largest non-profit regional conservation labs in the country.
  • Northeast Document Conservation Center
    NEDCC’s mission is to improve the conservation efforts of libraries, archives, historical organizations, museums, and other repositories; to provide the highest quality services to institutions without in-house conservation facilities or those that seek specialized expertise; and to provide leadership in the preservation and conservation fields. The Center is a national and international resource for preservation education.

Online Training Guides

Preservation Resources

Videos, webinars, PDFs, guides, tutorials, fact sheets, and helpful terminology about general collections care, specialized needs (such as photographs or audiovisual materials), and the building environment.

Components of a Comprehensive Preservation Program

Resources, Suppliers, Vendors

(Does not constitute endorsement from the New Jersey State Library)

For questions concerning Preservation issues contact Michele Stricker, Deputy Director, Library Development Bureau, New Jersey State Library at 609-278-2640 Ext. 164, or email mstricker@njstatelib.org

For questions regarding the New Jersey State Librarys Jerseyana collection contact Deborah Mercer at 609-278-2640 Ext. 145, or email dmercer@njstatelib.org.