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The mission of Berkeley's preservation program is to maintain the collections in serviceable condition. Additional goals are to contribute to the profession by participating in education and training of preservation personnel, and to the research library community through leadership in preservation work at University wide, statewide, and national levels.
The UCB Library Preservation Department is responsible for preservation of paper- and film-based collections. Digital collections are preserved by the UC California Digital Library on behalf of all the campuses of the University. The Preservation Department pursues four objectives toward achieving its goal of maintaining the collections in serviceable condition:
HISTORY AND STATISTICS
Recognition of a need to consolidate disparate preservation activities in the Library and to increase attention to care of the collections led Berkeley to establish the Preservation Department in 1980.
The Department staff offer a full complement of library preservation services for the print and film collections. Staff are organized into five service units, each responsible for a group of related services: binding Preparation, Conservation Treatment, Preservation Microfilming, Preservation Replacement, and Preservation Administration.
Staff in the Preservation Department take considerable pride in providing a high level of responsiveness to urgent Library preservation needs and in accomplishing as much work as possible toward meeting overall collection needs. However, funding is not sufficient to preserve all of Berkeley's collections for future use by students and scholars.
The Department is very fortunate to have several endowments thus far to underwrite preservation staff, supplies, and services. The Hans Rausing Conservatorship Fund supports preservation of the paper-based collections. The UCB Class of '56, perhaps is the first class at a major university to make endowing the Library preservation program its class goal, supports a position for a library conservator.
Gifts to the UCB Library earmarked for preservation of the collections greatly enhance the Library's ability to provide preservation care. Hundreds of gifts from individual donors each year, from a few dollars to a few thousand dollars, enable the Preservation Department to make much more progress than could be made on State funds alone. Inquiries about opportunities for giving to the Library preservation program can be made to the Head of the Preservation Department, , phone: (510) 642-4946.