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Connecting to Collections video highlights preservation concerns

December 6, 2010

The Connecting to Collections highlights the problems facing America's cultural heritage, 80% of which is housed in small and medium-sized repositories like Wheaton College. Each year, thousands of people engage and experience the collections of documents, maps, recordings, paintings, and other treasures held at Wheaton and in other libraries, museums and archives around the country. This video should enable the viewer to understand the concerns that are real as museums and libraries around the country, and even in the city of Wheaton, face losing their collections for good because of limited resources and everyday threats like exposure to light, humidity, high or fluctuating temperatures, and pest infestation.

Archives & Special Collections begins pest monitoring program

October 11, 2010

In an effort to understand the level of insect and other pest activity in the Archives & Special Collections the staff have instituted a pest monitoring program. Through the use of traps and a monitoring log the staff will be able to take an initial measurement and track any increases in the presence of pests. This is one of several efforts intitiated by the Archives & Special Collections as a result of a recent Collections Care workshop underwritten by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This update page is another new effort. Visit this page again to what new efforts are underway!

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