An Evaluation of Magazines Suitable for Public Libraries for the Presence of Alkaline Paper.Report as inadecuate

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Conservation of library materials is becoming an increasing concern, and there has been some effort by publishers to avert the problems created by acidic paper by switching to acid-free alkaline paper. University publishers, responded to this concern by committing themselves to using acid-free paper; however, most commercial publishers, who produce the majority of periodicals, have been slow to commit themselves to it. In this study, periodicals of general interest were evaluated for the presence of acid-free paper. Approximately 100 periodical titles were chosen from the collection at Kent State University (Ohio) and tested with a marking pen developed to demonstrate the presence of acid in paper. It was found that journals published by universities and associations are more likely to use acid-free paper in their publications, with 31 of 41 titles (76%) printed on acid-free paper. Commercial publishers, accounting for 60 of the 100, used acid-free paper in only 23 titles (22.77%). Only five periodicals included statements about acid-free paper; three were from associations and two were from commercial publishers in Great Britain. Results reinforce the observation that publishers tend to have no real knowledge of the type of paper used in their periodicals. Nine tables present study findings. Three appendices contain the checklist and summaries of evaluated titles. (Contains 29 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Chemical Analysis, College Libraries, Higher Education, Library Collections, Periodicals, Preservation, Public Libraries, Publishing Industry, Records Management, Scholarly Journals

Author: Gambrill, Linda


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