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Preservation Services staff manage many programs designed to extend the life of the UW Libraries collections.  These activities can be divided roughly into two categories.

Preventive Preservation

Focuses on preventing damage to the collections as a whole, including:

Reformatting, Repair, and Treatment

Focuses on processing, reformatting (reproducing deteriorating collections on onto stable media to preserve their informational content or where the originals are fragile or valuable and handling is restricted), or treating and repairing items so that they can be used for as long as possible.  Because preservation funding is finite, we focus our efforts on high-use, valuable, and vulnerable materials.