Library Of Congress

Chemist Researches Ways to Preserve LOC's Treasures

Science Daily reports that an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Florida State University has been invited to serve as the first Preservation Research and Testing Professor in Residence at LOC's Preservation Research & Testing Division. He will be researching ways to slow down degradation of cellulose-based materials, which will allow for better preservation of the library's materials.

Good News for LOC Brittle Books

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said yesterday that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a $2 million grant to the world's largest library for a program to digitize thousands of works with a major focus on "brittle books."

The project supplements other efforts at the Library of Congress along with private companies such as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Those massive book digitization projects, however, have typically shied away from materials in vulnerable condition. USA Today has the story.

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