Ah, Conserve O Grams, a resource near and dear to my heart.
To the uninitiated, Conserve O Grams are: “short, focused leaflets about caring for museum objects, published in loose-leaf format. New topics are added as needed and out-of-date issues are revised or deleted.” (from the National Park Service‘s website)
In other words, if you’re working in a museum and have a question about how to care or prepare of an artifact, monitor environmental conditions, or plan for the future, a carefully crafted Conserve O Gram may come to the rescue.
You may remember me citing a Conserve O Gram in my recent post about padded hangers, but I assure you, these handy little documents reach far beyond simple do-it-yourself guides.
Have some newspapers you’d like to microfilm? Check out article 19/25: Planning and Managing a Microfiliming Project for Preservation And Access
Experiencing trepidation about the digital files in your collection? May I suggest 22/5: Digital Storage Media
And how about the ever-important subject of disaster recovery? There is an entire category dedicated to this topic, including article 21/9: Be Prepared: Develop a Museum Emergency Operations Plan
Now, I realize that an increasing number of my readers come from outside of the museum/archives field. And that’s great! And, I want you to know that Conserve O Grams may be of use to you, too. The next time you’re helping grandma clean her house, you might want to read up on Cleaning Wood Furniture and Removing Dust From Ceramic And Glass Objects. Because, of course, you want to keep your family heirlooms in tip-top shape.
A cast-iron lamb cake mold. There’s an
App Conserve O Gram for that.
I recommend bookmarking the Conserve O Gram page (http://www.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/cons_toc.html) because it can be difficult to find the link from the National Park Service‘s homepage. (Searching–Googling–for “conserve o gram” works too.)
Which Conserve O Grams do you like? How about the five-page article about How to Select Gloves?