|Samenvatting||This document is a general introduction to the care and handling of library material for individuals and institutions with little or no preservation knowledge. It does not provide a comprehensive list of detailed methods and practices, but gives basic information to assist libraries in establishing a responsible attitude to looking after their collections. The threats to collections are often known, but librarians frequently do not proclaim sufficiently loudly the consequences of ignoring the dangers. ‘IFLA Principles for the Care and Handling of Library Materials’ is therefore designed to encourage those responsible to face up to these consequences and, together with scientific and technical experts, to formulate a positive policy for the future of the material in their collections. Primarily, this publication sets out to:
- expose the vulnerability of library material
- advance knowledge about the permanence and durability of library material w encourage proper care and handling of library material
- aid library staff in their search for solutions to preservation problems
- encourage clear lines of communication among library managers, buildings managers, and preservation and library staff so that all concerned work towards preserving the library’s holdings.