Preservation and Restoration of Library Collections From Fire.
Preservation and Restoration of Library Collections From
Jason, N. H.
Fire Information for the 21st Century. inFIRE
(international network for Fire Information and
Reference Exchange. Conference Proceedings. May 4-8,
1998, Melbourne, Australia, 19/1-7 pp, 1998.
information dissemination; libraries; egress;
evacuation; fire statistics; fire suppression; halon
1301; salvage; sprinklers
One of the roles of library managers is to preserve and
protect the library's collection from natural and
unnatural disasters. Statistics are presented to
illustrate recent library fires in the United States,
followed by a description of early fire tests for
libraries which provided library managers with a
knowledge base for fire protection decisions for their
collections. A discussion of fire protection for
collections housed in compact mobile shelving is
included as well as protecting rare book collections.
The final discussion addresses creating evacuation and