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Looks Alarming but Isn't

You have begun your library inventory or weeding project with heightened awareness: mold could be anywhere, in many forms. It is easy to be overly vigilant, pulling books that are not molding. Sometimes distinguishing between mold and other marks in books is tricky. Not all alarming-looking marks are mold; look for other clues besides the mark itself to aid in identification. In this section we will look at a variety of marks, some more obviously benign than others, and explain the process of elimination. Images in this section are a general guide rather than a definitive roster.

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Books Gone Bad - Mold in Library Collections was a project sponsored by Maine College of Art, in partnership with the Joanne Waxman Library. Funding for this project came from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. The Project Lead and Artist for this project was Diane J. Wren. All contents Copyright © 2011 by Diane J. Wren. All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, or stored in a data base or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of Diane J. Wren.