Library storage is traditionally viewed as a space management strategy, a way of dealing with overcrowded buildings and growing collections. Storage also is implicitly a preservation strategy: an alternative to weeding, cramming books tightly on shelves, stacking them on the floor, or not purchasing them in the first place. Among its obvious preservation benefits, storage provides security from theft and vandalism, and protection from spills and pests caused by increasingly prevalent food and drink in library buildings. Although transfer to storage may be risky for fragile materials, leaving them in stacks that are constantly being shifted is likely to be more damaging. Many storage facilities provide better environmental conditions for collections than old or poorly maintained modern library buildings.
Murray-Rust, C. (2009), "Library Storage as a Preservation Strategy", Lynden, F.C. (Ed.) Advances in Librarianship (Advances in Librarianship, Vol. 27), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 159-183. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0065-2830(03)27006-9Download as .RIS
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