Curation and Preservation Services provides a range of services for the MIT Libraries. We coordinate disaster preparedness and response. We work with our Facilities Administrator to minimize risks to the collections, and we maintain a stock of disaster recovery supplies that are used to salvage library items when they are damaged by a collections emergency. Books damaged by water or mold are sometimes kept in our dedicated freezer until their treatment can be completed.
We use Hobo monitors to track environmental data such as temperature and humidity in collections storage areas. Bugs and pests that are found are identified with our microscope.
In addition to providing training and education for Libraries’ employees, Curation and Preservation Services offers a popular IAP workshop for the MIT community each January.