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Non-destructive collection survey of the historical Classense Library. Part II: Conservation scenarios

Coppola, F; Brown, N; Amicucci, F; Strlič, M; Modelli, A; (2020) Non-destructive collection survey of the historical Classense Library. Part II: Conservation scenarios. Heritage Science , 8 (1) , Article 89. 10.1186/s40494-020-00430-y. Green open access

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Abstract

The effects of environmental and conservation management scenarios on the permanence of the historical book collections housed at the Classense Library (Ravenna, Italy) were investigated. Non-destructive material surveys delivered paper pH and degree of polymerisation data that, in conjunction with the Collections Demography dose–response function, provide heritage managers with estimations of the predicted collection lifetimes in diverse environmental management scenarios. For the first time, quantitative measurements of paper properties obtained in a historical library collection were used to elaborate isochrone and demographic plots, evaluated against the long-term planning horizon of 500 years. The scenarios include preventive and interventive actions aiming to preserve the fitness-for-use of collection items in terms of their ability to withstand manual handling, and consider cooling, dehumidification and deacidification, as well as combinations thereof. The results inform the conservation decision-makers about the preservation outcomes of environmental management options, to be considered for further action, once environmental, economic and social sustainability of such scenarios is considered.

Type: Article
Title: Non-destructive collection survey of the historical Classense Library. Part II: Conservation scenarios
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s40494-020-00430-y
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40494-020-00430-y
Language: English
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Keywords: Classense library, Non-destructive survey, Paper-based collections, Isochrones, Demography of collections, Preventive conservation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110043
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