Preservation Advisory Committee agendas and minutes, 1989-2010

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners


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The committee held regular meetings (usually three per year) with the Preservation Specialist to review recent activities and projected plans and to advise on issues to be considered in the future. It also acted to increase general public and institutional awareness of conservation and preservation issues and resources. Meetings are documented by agendas and minutes comprising this series. Also included are bylaws, lists of committee members, and special reports. The committee ceased to meet in 2010.
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 Consultant's Advisory Committee (1989); Collection Management Advisory Committee (1990); Collection Management/Preservation Specialist's 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.
Agency history record (OCoLC)966645042 describes the history and functions of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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