May 29, 2022

University of Missouri Libraries’ Irreparable Moldy Books Will Be Available Online

From The Missourian: 

MU Libraries confirmed Thursday that about 400,000 of the 600,000 books exposed to mold last fall will be saved, and the remainder will be available online.

The estimate, delivered at Thursday’s MU Faculty Council meeting, tacks closely to the prediction MU Libraries Director Jim Cogswell made in February.

A list of the books to be destroyed will be available Sept. 1 for faculty review, said Dan Hooley, who heads the Faculty Council committee working with MU Libraries on the remediation process.

UPDATE: Latest Information on MU Libraries Offsite Mold Outbreak (4/4/2014)

Includes details about the current situation along with details about how damaged materials are being organized into three categories

Category 1 – rare, distinctive and scarcely-held items to be treated and retained.

Category 2 – multiple copies or readily accessible items that may be withdrawn permanently.

Category 3 – decision deferred until more information is gathered and consultation is completed.

Read the Complete Update

See Also: Mold Damages About 600,000 Books at U. of Missouri Libraries Off-Campus Storage Facility (January 29, 2014)

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