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Brittle Book Program Policy
DRAFT: This policy has not yet been vetted by UF Library Administration.
of Florida is strongly
committed to providing and preserving access to materials available within the libraries.
While a major portion of the resources currently used to support library
collections are directed towards electronic resources, significant amounts of library
materials are still only available in paper format. Of those, surveys indicate
that up to 20% of them contain paper that is embrittled and in danger of
deteriorating completely. These brittle books constitute a valuable and
important component of the UF Library collections. Providing a mechanism to
efficiently and effectively provide continuing access to the intellectual
contents of these volumes is essential.
Using a variety of methods to identify/discover
these volumes, subject specialists will be asked to review each brittle book to
determine if it has enduring value. If it does not, it will be withdrawn from
the collection.If it does, a combination
of physical replacement,easy discovery
of already available digital copies and in house digitization will be used to
ensure that students and faculty within the UF community will continue to have
access to the scholarship within the brittle book.