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MAPS The Micrographic Preservation Service is now Preservation Resources

Press Release: OCLC [January 20, 1994]

Copyright (c) 1994 OCLC

Abstract: MAPS The MicrogrAphic Preservation Service has changed its name to Preservation Resources, a division of OCLC

DUBLIN, Ohio, Jan. 20, 1994--MAPS The MicrogrAphic Preservation Service has changed its name to Preservation Resources, a division of OCLC.

"The name change reflects the evolution of the organization and reiterates its ongoing commitment to provide the library and archive community with a broad array of high-quality preservation services with the goal of preserving and furthering access to research material," said Meg Bellinger, president of Preservation Resources.

Preservation Resources will "broaden its message" to reach smaller and more diverse organizations that need reformatting services, according to Ms. Bellinger. New or enhanced pre- and post-filming services will include workshops, consultation, preparation, bibliographic control, storage, and access and distribution options.

"We plan to develop services to digitize and index images from preservation microfilm and make them available in electronic formats," she said. "We will expand our storage and distribution services to help alleviate the interlibrary loan burden, and we will explore alternative funding options to assist in cost-shared preservation projects."

Preservation Resources staff will be in the OCLC booth (no. 442) at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Los Angeles, Feb. 5-8. A new brochure describing Preservation Resources services will be available at the booth and will be sent to Preservation Resources clients. It includes Preservation Resources' new toll-free number, (800) PRES-222 (773-7222).

Preservation Resources, a division of OCLC, provides a variety of services, including consultation and workshops on the preservation of research materials in libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies in the United States and abroad. Preservation Resources produces high-quality microfilm and microfiche of books, manuscripts, scrapbooks, newspapers, architectural drawings, maps, and photographic materials.

Preservation Resources, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1985 by Columbia, Cornell, and Princeton Universities, the New York Public Library, and the New York State Library, and was originally called the Mid-Atlantic Preservation Service (MAPS). In October 1990, the MAPS Board of Trustees, composed of representatives of MAPS' founding members, voted unanimously to transfer control of MAPS to OCLC. To reflect the transition from a regional to an international base, the name was changed to MAPS The MicrogrAphic Preservation Service. OCLC became the sole member of MAPS and OCLC executives were appointed to the new Board of Trustees. On Jan. 1, 1994, MAPS became a division of OCLC and is now known as Preservation Resources.

Preservation Resources is housed in a new, 17,650-square-foot building located in Bethlehem, Pa. The building is divided into offices, conference rooms, areas for camera workstations, film developing, testing and quality assurance, and a temperature- and humidity-constant storage vault for long-term storage of microfilm masters. The building was dedicated on April 30, 1991.

Preservation Resources uses state-of-the-art Herrmann & Kraemer (H&K) cameras for all its 35mm microfilming. The new German-made cameras enable Preservation Resources micrographic technicians to achieve the best possible results in terms of quality and consistency. Thirteen H&K cameras are currently in use, including one that is large enough to film blueprints, architectural drawings, and other large materials. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Meg Bellinger (800) 773-7222 or Nita Dean (614) 761-5002

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Publication Year:1994
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:January 20, 1994
Company: OCLC
Record Number:19275
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