An Introduction to SQL for Librarians

An Introduction to SQL for Librarians By Ruth Kitchen Tillman Why are Librarians Suited to SQL? Because querying information is what we do. You’ve thought “ok this is what I want, now where do I go to get it and what should I put into the fields?” In many cases we’re already doing mediated queries…

The Preservation of Glass Plate Negatives

by Greta Bahnemann Almost all archives possess some type of photographic collection. Many individuals typically think of “photographs” as plastic-based negatives and slides; but these photographic techniques are relatively recent inventions. Prior to the invention of cellulose nitrate film in 1903, photographic emulsions were made on glass supports. These glass supports are typically referred to…

Brittle Books Reformatting Policy and Workflow

by the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is committed to building and sustaining collections for the use of students, faculty, visiting scholars, and the public. The UIUC Preservation Department reformats brittle and damaged books to ensure the preservation of the intellectual content of its collections. The UIUC…

Preservation and Conservation: Integrated Pest Management

by the University Library, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a proactive program, utilizing techniques that minimize or even eliminate the use of chemicals, that is designed to determine whether there is a pest problem that needs to be addressed or whether there are buildings maintenance or operation issues that need…