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Nature of things. Turning to dust : preserving our books

Author: David Murray; David T Suzuki
Publisher: New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 1990.
Series: Filmakers library online
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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There's a quiet calamity going on in libraries and archives all around the world. The books and documents that carry the records of human civilization are crumbling because the paper on which they are printed is turning to dust. The alum used to prevent ink from bleeding is turning into sulfuric acid, making the paper brittle. The documentary shows us preservation centers where conservationists treat weakened books  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: David Murray; David T Suzuki
OCLC Number: 911954861
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed June 10, 2015).
Description: 1 online resource (46 min.).
Series Title: Filmakers library online
Responsibility: directed by David Murray.

Abstract:

There's a quiet calamity going on in libraries and archives all around the world. The books and documents that carry the records of human civilization are crumbling because the paper on which they are printed is turning to dust. The alum used to prevent ink from bleeding is turning into sulfuric acid, making the paper brittle. The documentary shows us preservation centers where conservationists treat weakened books and introduces us to some of the foremost authorities in the field. It also reviews the various ways of coping with deteriorating paper, such as boxing, filming and strengthening. Turning to Dust raises crucial issues such as how to determine which books to save and how to prevent continued use of acidic paper when alternatives exist. Saving the collective memory of humankind has become a race against time. Preservation is painstakingly slow and trained professionals are scarce. Can enough be done quickly to save books from turning to dust?

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