The Commission on Preservation and Access
Newsletter October 1988 Number 5
$12.5 Million Approved for
N.E.H. Preservation Program President Reagan has signed a Fiscal Year 1989 appropriation bill increasing the budget of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Preservation to $12.5 million–$8 million more than the current budget. The new federal fiscal year begins October 1. The action effectively creates the nation-wide preservation microfilming program that has been endorsed by many in the library and academic communities–and in Congress–during the past two years (see June, July and September issues of the Newsletter). The program, to be administered by George F. Farr, Jr., of NEH’s Office of Preservation, will seek to film 3 million volumes in the next two decades. As outlined in a multi-year NEH “capability budget,” the plan would require increasing preservation microfilming funding to an annual level of $20.3 million by fiscal year 1993 and continuing at that level for several years. The total NEH appropriation for the coming year was $153 million.
Role of Mid-Sized Libraries
in Preservation Program The role of mid-sized libraries in the nation-wide brittle book preservation program will be explored by a committee to be chaired by Paula Kaufman, Dean of Libraries of the University of Tennessee. The NEH program to reformat three million volumes over a 20-year period is based on the concept of a sustained funding commitment to a core group of large research libraries that will form the basic framework of the program. Because of the diverse and dispersed nature of American research collections, however, many other libraries with special collections and strengths in a variety of disciplines will be called upon to participate in the nation-wide program as it develops. In addition, libraries throughout the nation will benefit from the increasing resources available through the access part of the preservation program. Commission President Patricia Battin’s charge to the Committee includes consideration of such topics as: Collection development and management objectives of the mid-size library, including new concepts arising from the nation-wide preservation program; mechanisms for integrating the unique resources of smaller institutions; and models for the role of a mid-size library in a nation-wide preservation program as it will affect library operations in the 21st century. Other members of the Committee are Sheila Creth, University of Iowa; C. Lee Jones, Mid-Atlantic Preservation Service; Thomas Michalak, Carnegie-Mellon University; Marilyn Sharrow, University of California at Davis; Joan Gotwals, Emory University; Jan Merrill-Oldham, University of Connecticut at Storrs; and David Stam, Syracuse University.
ARL Passes Resolution
Endorsing Nation-Wide Microfilming Project At a recent meeting in York, England, the Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries approved a resolution commending “the achievements of the Commission on Preservation and Access” and pledging continued support of its program objectives. The meeting was held jointly with SCONUL, a British university and research library association similar to ARL, where preservation issues were widely discussed. The ARL Board will also communicate the Association’s appreciation to Rep. Sidney Yates (D-IL), chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies “for his longstanding concern for preservation of research materials, and to thank him for his leadership in securing a significant increase in federal support in this area.” Finally, the Board also commended the National Endowment for the Humanities for its leadership in “marshalling the resources needed to resolve the brittle book problem,,, in research libraries.” It is anticipated that many ARL institutions will be participants in the expanded NEH preservation microfilming program.
Commission on Preservation and Access
1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 740 Washington, DC 20036-2217 (202) 939-3400 Fax: (202) 939-3407 The Commission on Preservation and Access was established in 1986 to foster and support collaboration among libraries and allied organizations in order to ensure the preservation of the published and documentary record in all formats and to provide enhanced access to scholarly information. The Newsletter reports on cooperative national and international preservation activities and is written primarily for university administrators and faculty, library and archives administrators, preservation specialists and administrators, and representatives of consortia, governmental bodies, and other groups sharing in the Commission’s goals. The Newsletter is not copyrighted; its duplication and distribution are encouraged.Patricia Battin–President
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