Recent Submissions

  • CD-DVD collections, 2004 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2004
    Dear Dr. Book, I have a large collection of CDs and am beginning a collection of the latest DVDs. I have heard various estimates on how long my CDs and DVDs will last. What is the latest estimate and how should I best keep ...
  • Condition and value terminology, 2004 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2004
    Dear Dr. Book, I have been thinking about purchasing some of my old favorite books and have done some online searching to find the best value. I have seen various terms used to describe the condition of volumes for sale, ...
  • Digital archiving, 2010 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2010
    Dear Dr. Book, I am a photographer and author who uses a computer every day in my work. I want to save my approximately 10,000 digital photos and accompanying manuscripts, but I am not a "techie." What options are available ...
  • Preservation articles, 2011 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2011
    Dear Dr. Book, I'm making plans to organize and care for a collection of family mementos that are in my parent's attic. I want to research basic preservation recommendations and be prepared when I move back there after I ...
  • Archival rehousing, 2009 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2009
    Dear Dr. Book, My family just bought a hundred-year old house and found several boxes of newspapers and books in the attic. We decided to keep the collection of fragile old Colorado travel books and maps. How would we best ...
  • Preservation resources bibliography revised, 2016 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2016
    Dear Preservation, I recently volunteered to assist with collection care at the library and local historical society in my small home town. Reading the numerous Ask Preservation columns has been very helpful and covers ...
  • Weeding and sorting collections, 2000 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2000
    Dear Dr. Book, I have a question about the timeliness of articles, textbooks, and reference materials for professional use. I have recommended that professional friends of mine dump their textbooks of 10+ years and buy new ...
  • Water damaged materials, 2000 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2000
    Dear Dr. Book, I discovered that my collection of old comic books and old science fiction masterpieces was damaged when a water pipe broke in my basement. How can I dry these volumes and save them for the future? An avid ...
  • University department materials preservation, 2007 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2007
    Dear Dr. Book, Our Colorado State University department has just received a collection of papers from a former faculty member on the department’s formation, history, and major research projects. Can the Libraries help us ...
  • Scrapbooks - creating, 2006 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2006
    Dear Dr. Book, I am an 80 year old grandmother of fifteen and I would like to put together a scrapbook of family memorabilia for my fifteen grandchildren. Where do I get started to "build" it so that they can pass it on ...
  • Scrapbooks - preserving, 2015 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2015
    Dear Preservation, Recently, I inherited my great grandmother's scrapbook from her college years during the World War I era. The scrapbook is a beloved treasure that we traditionally view at family reunions. The condition ...
  • Quilt preservation, 2012 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2012
    Dear Dr. Book, I watched my grandmother spend many long hours bent over her large dining room table piecing, pinning, and eventually stitching a quilt into a work of art. I have now inherited this beautiful quilt. What is ...
  • Scholarly journal archive access, 2007 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2007
    Dear Dr. Book, I am an amateur astronomer who likes to read my university library’s print journals to gain insight into the world of professional astronomy. I recently heard that the library is considering canceling its ...
  • Soot damage, 2013 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2013
    Dear Dr. Book, My neighborhood was one that was destroyed by a wildfire this summer. I was able to salvage some important family documents, but they are smoke damaged. Can you tell me what I should do to restore them for ...
  • Architectural drawings, 2016 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2016
    Dear Preservation, Our family has owned a prominent 1900’s era building in our community since it was built. We recently found architectural drawings and renderings hidden in a closet. We want to preserve these drawings ...
  • Photograph preservation and glass plate negatives, 2009 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2009
    Dear Dr. Book, Over the holidays, we were cleaning out the attic and going through old boxes. In a box of old stuff from the original family farm, we found several pieces of glass with what look like black and white ...
  • Oversize materials preservation, 2008 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2008
    Dear Dr. Book, I have just received some oversized Colorado history posters for Christmas. What is the best way to store these posters for the long term? Colorado history buff
  • Insect prevention, 2002 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2002
    Dear Dr. Book, I have shelves and shelves of books in most rooms of my house and stacks of magazines everywhere. Although I have not seen any bugs, should I be worried about insects? Avid reader and worry wart
  • Digitizing family documents, 2009 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2009
    Dear Dr. Book, I have been chosen to preserve our family’s historical papers and photographs, many of which date from the turn of the last century. Since I've decided to put them on DVDs, how should I handle these materials ...
  • Disaster prevention, 2006 

    Contributor:Colorado State University. Libraries. Preservation Services
    Date:2006
    Dear Dr. Book, With all the publicity about the major natural disasters in the past year, I am anxious to learn more about how I can prevent a disaster from happening to my home. Also, who should I call in case of a disaster? ...

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