Care & Handling

Preserving Columbia's Library Materials

A Powerpoint slideshow on how and why materials deteriorate; handling and shelving practices; and identifying and preventing damage.

Author: Janet Gertz ~ Email: gertz@columbia.edu

Murder in the Stacks

Using a library setting, actors portraying Conan Doyle's characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson demonstrate and discuss how library materials can be mistreated and damaged, and how they should be properly cared for and handled.

Funded by the coordinated Preservation Projects Program, Division of Library Development, New York State Library and the Columbia University Libraries.

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