BETHLEHEM, Pa., October 30, 2014 – The Preservation Reformatting Division within the Library of Congress has renewed its agreement with Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) and is moving forward on an extensive microfilming project. Monographs, serials and other printed works in need of preparation and microfilming will be processed at Backstage's preservation facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Materials are in a variety of languages, including Arabic, Asian and Cyrillic scripts. Serials range from periodicals to official government publications, and foreign newspapers. Backstage anticipates producing 1.3 million high-contrast frames during the first year of the contract which can be extended for four additional option years.
Many items are unbound, brittle, deteriorated or have physical damage, such as torn pages or loose bindings. Backstage will provide a stable format of content preservation through high-contrast microfilming, continuous-tone microfilming, and copies of microforms. Preservation copies created by Backstage will be cataloged and made available for Library of Congress patrons including members of the United States Congress.
Backstage's preservation center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has worked with the Library of Congress for many years. In the past five years, the agreement has generated 14,705 reels of preservation microfilm, containing 10.2 million frames and 17.6 million pages of material. Backstage staff are experienced in preparation, filming and inspection of foreign language materials.