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What is Mold?
Health and Safety
Identification - Introduction
     Staying Organized
     Step 1: Examine the Outside of the Book
     Step 2: Look Inside the Front and Back Covers
     Step 3: Look Under the Dust Jacket – if There is One
     Step 4: Examine the Pages
     Step 5: Inspect Dust Jacket – if the Book has One
     Step 6: Inspect Suspicious Marks
          Visual Examination
          If You Find Mold
     Step 7: Clean Your Work Area
Case Studies - Introduction
     There's a Fungus Among Us
          Mold Case Studies
     Looks Alarming but Isn't
          Non-Mold Case Studies
Treatment - Introduction
     Have a Plan
     Wet Returns and Damp Discoveries
          Step 1: Assess the Damage
          Step 2: Treating a Wet Book
          Step 3: Desiccation Chambers and Sun Treatment
     What Books and Adobe Have in Common
     Desiccation Chambers and Sun Treatment
     Dust Jacket Surprises
     A Note About Bleach
On Keeping Moldy Books
     Questions to Consider
     Discarding Moldy Books
     Coffee as a Smell-Neutralizer
Monitoring Your Library
     How to Make a Hygrometer
     A Word About Thermometers
     Taking Measurements with Your Hygrometer
     Assessing Your Hygrometer Readings
     Relative Humidity Table
     Relative Humidity Tracking Chart
     Assessing Mold Risks
     Signs of a Compromised Building
     Collection Maintenance
Extras and Links
     Relative Humidity Table
     Relative Humidity Tracking Chart (blank - for download)
     Anatomy of a Book
     Online Resources
     Geek Corner: Online Links to Fungal Esoterica
     Recommended Reading List
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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.