Support our Conservation and Preservation Labs on Giving Blueday
March 2, 2021
Support the library on Giving Blueday, the University of Michigan’s annual 24-hour celebration of giving, on Wednesday, March 10.
This year we’re raising funds to buy equipment that the dedicated professionals in our Conservation and Digital Preservation Labs will use to ensure that library materials, in their various forms and formats, will be readily available to students and researchers into the foreseeable future.
Our goal of $25,000 will allow us to purchase the following items to maintain, preserve, and digitize library materials that are vital to students and researchers.
- KryoFlux forensic floppy controller to retrieve content — documents, images, and other archival material — from obsolete floppy disks so students and researchers can study it. This equipment is especially useful for our Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers collection and the Computer and Video Game Archive.
- FRED-L forensic laptop for the safe transfer of digital material from the field, avoiding the risk of data loss when an author or researcher is handing off an archive to the library. Using a forensic laptop, our digital preservation specialists can make the transfer directly from the original media, assuring that the material remains whole for use by future researchers.
- Camera, lenses, lighting, and copy stand so that conservators can take high-quality digital photographs to document the work they do before, during, and after treatment, ensuring that scholars will not mistake a repair for part of the original object. Detailed photos also help researchers understand an item’s structure and materiality, and allow future conservators to assess and reassess past treatment.