Document Reproduction Services (DRS)
deterioration is an epidemic in libraries. It is an on-going problem because most
19th century and early 20th century books in libraries are printed on
acidic papers. Over time, the cellulose fibers break down, resulting in brittle,
cracked pages which make the volume unusable.
In the past, libraries had two options. They
could either buy a commercial reprint, if they were available, or buy
replacement copies from an out-of-print dealer. Neither choice solved the
problem. They only served as stopgap measures because eventually the
replacement volumes themselves would become brittle and deteriorate.
Etherington Conservation Services offers real solutions through its Document
Reproduction Services. With the ability to create both
paper and digital
reproductions of documents. Creating a duplicate of the brittle original and binding
the copy following library standards, or creating a digital copy of the
document. Although some flaws from the original may
transfer to these new copies, advanced photocopying methods remove most of the
yellowing, cracking, foxing and crumbled edges seen in the original pages.