Archives, Libraries, and Museums Council on Preservation
Frequently Asked Questions
What is PALMCOP?
- PALMCOP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
preservation of South Carolina's documentary heritage. Its membership
consists of individuals and institutions from across the state, representing
archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, and anyone else who is
dedicated to preserving information in all its formats.
What does PALMCOP do?
- PALMCOP offers a variety of services, both to its
member institutions and to organizations which have not yet joined:
- 1. Workshops & training: We
provide training on a number of topics, such as disaster preparedness and
recovery, storage and handling of various materials, book and paper
conservation and repair, box making, microfilming techniques, etc. Most
of the workshops are taught by a group of preservation specialists within the
state, keeping costs low.
- 2. Information sharing: We distribute a
newsletter with practical tips on preservation, summaries of the latest
research in the field, notices of new publications, and of any workshops held
in the area.
- 3. Annual Meetings: Each year we present
on major seminar on a specific preservation issue, often featuring a
nationally recognized authority in the field: environmental controls,
preservation binding options, disaster recovery.
Who is eligible to join PALMCOP?
- Membership in PALMCOP is available to anyone who is
interested in preserving information. Most memberships are on an
institutional basis, which means that once your institution joins, all its
staff members are invited to attend workshops and meetings at a reduced rate.
Individual memberships are also available.
I have found mold in my collections.
Can PALMCOP help me?
- Yes, PALMCOP can help you in you've had a mold
outbreak in your collections. We have a number of consultants who can
offer their services to member institutions for minimal fees. Some of
these consultants have expertise in specific areas of preservation planning.
Also, we have an environmental monitoring packet, which is available to member
institutions for a minimal fee. This packet contains a variety of tools
to help you monitor environmental conditions in your storage areas, so that
you can decide if any changes need to be made to help protect your
What are the optimal environmental
conditions to preserve my institution's collections?
- Control over temperature and relative humidity is
critically important to the preservation of your collections. Heat
accelerates the breakdown of materials, and that in combination with high
humidity can encourage mold outbreaks and insect activity. Very low
relative humidity, too, can cause collections to become very brittle.
The optimum range for your collections are the following: stable temperatures
no higher than 70° (the lower, the better), and a stable relative humidity
between 30% and 50%. Stability of these conditions is also very
important, since fluctuations can also be very damaging to your materials.
How can I
- If you would like more information about PALMCOP
memberships, please contact Nic
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