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Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division

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The New York Public Library has one of the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive institutional preservation programs in the United States, with activities dating back to the 1911 opening of the landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

The Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division cares for the Library’s permanent assets in all formats housed in more than ninety-one buildings in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, as well as a high-density storage facility in New Jersey. The Division preserves both the artifacts that comprise the Library’s vast and diverse collections as well as their intellectual content. The work done by Preservation Division staff significantly contributes to the long-term survival of the Library’s renowned collections held for public access and use.

List of programs in the Preservation Division:

Audio Preservation

Preservation of sound recordings is achieved through a multi-faceted program of conservation, reformatting and documentation.

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Collections Care

The Collections Care program assesses, treats, and provides protective enclosures for collection items; manages the Library’s mass deacidification project; and shares in collection disaster preparedness.
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Conservation Treatment

Staff in the Barbara Goldsmith Conservation Lab perform physical and chemical treatments on The New York Public Library’s rare and special collections in order to ensure the long-term survival of and access to these permanent collections for current and future generations.

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Digital Preservation Development

Digital preservation activities are a shared responsibility among the Library’s information technology, digital, curatorial and Preservation programs.
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Field Services

The Field Services program serves as the outreach center for Library staff and the public, promoting good preservation practice to extend the life of Library and personal collections; and shares in collection disaster preparedness and response.

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IMLS Preservation Administration Fellowship

With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, NYPL, partnering with the libraries at Yale, Rutgers, and the University of Connecticut at Storrs, is implementing a preservation administration fellowship program to give new preservation librarians an opportunity to put theory into practice while benefitting from the mentoring of experienced professionals.
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Registrar

The Registrar Program for Collections, Loans, and Exhibitions ensures and manages best-practice museum standards for exhibiting and transporting the Library’s non-circulating collections.

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Moving Image Preservation

The moving image studios generate footage request copies for programs, exhibitions, donors, artists, broadcast and documentaries as well as preservation copies and access copies from a broad range of historic and current media formats.

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Preservation Microfilming

The intellectual content of a wide range of at-risk and high-value collection materials such as newspapers, serials, manuscripts, and other special collections are reformatted to preservation microfilm, paper facsimiles, and converted from film to digital format through collaborative projects.

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