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Books are like precious jewels, and people love to keep it safe, especially if it is a book of importance. Most people attach importance to their books, while some don’t value old books. Books, unlike other furniture’s, are only read a few times and stacked somewhere in a bookshelf. Most people preserve their old books for sale in the future, while some preserve their books for the knowledge in it. However, let’s briefly look out the history of book preservation; that is, how book preservation came about:
In time past, books are cherished because of the knowledge that it holds. and as a result of that, the books are preserved for the sake of future generations. People knew that the books they read in the 70s would someday be useful; hence, they decided to protect the books. But in the process of keeping the book, they realized that issues seem to arise with the books. Which are brittle books and books being damaged as a result of a natural disaster like flood, moist, etc.
In the 50s and 60s, there was tremendous growth in the collection of historical books and papers, and the Liberians noticed that some of the books were becoming yellowish and brittle, which affected the books much. It was at this point that they realized a greater need for preservation of these books. The people realized that if proper measure was not taken to preserve these books, they might not last a long time for the future.
In the time past, there used to be many disasters involving libraries, which led to the destruction of many books and papers. The significant disasters which befall the library were usually flooding, and there’s always little, or nothing one can do to salvage the books. However, in the bid to save books from getting soaked or washed away in flood, came the idea of looking for better means to preserve them.
Having noticed that books tend to brittle and decay in the libraries, associations were formed to put heads together to come up with a lasting solution to the damaging of books and papers. As the groups went on research, they discovered that most books were printed from inferior quality papers, which makes the life of the book. Hence, if books were produced with higher paper quality, they would last longer and not be easily brittle or damaged. Aside from using paper with higher quality, the groups came together with an idea of digital preservation. Which is now widely used, and it is gradually taking over the old preservation method.
Digital technology has made us look at our books in a whole new way. Following the brief history of books preservation and how the books still get damaged, despite the efforts of Liberians to preserve the books, a permanent solution has been found which is re-formatting and micro-filming.
The world we live in today is a digital world, where everything is done digitally. Hence, it isn’t difficult for one to read a book that has been micro-filmed. Books that are micro-filmed is easy and straightforward to use. The binding, images, and handwritten pages in the books have been able to survive for years and still look the same as it was when it was first published. With the recent rise of electronic publishing of books, people are more relaxed to screw through their desktops and find information right before them. Even books with historical backgrounds and the happenings of the 80s have all been digitalized, which means one need not worry about any critical information being damaged.