Magazine article American Libraries

Case Study: Preservation Efforts

Magazine article American Libraries

Case Study: Preservation Efforts

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In an effort to draw awareness to the importance of preservation, 3M celebrated National Preservation Month in May by recognizing efforts by the State Library of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library located in the original Alamo compound in San Antonio. Both libraries selected Ansul SAPPHIRE Fire Suppression System charged with 3M Novec 1230 fluid, which does not harm assets of immeasurable value in the event of a fire or accidental discharge. The Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is an advanced clean extinguishing agent used to protect high-value assets such as artifacts, documents, data centers, computers, and other critical devices where water cannot be used. The fluid is a chemical agent that is stored as a liquid but is discharged as a gas that leaves no residue. Novec 1230 fluid is ideally suited for the protection of libraries, archives, and document repositories.

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The State Library of Pennsylvania uses 3M as part of its holistic preservation system. A comprehensive and specialized preservation system was put in place to protect its Rare Collections Library. "After 16 months of research, 3M Novec 1230 fluid was selected as the fire suppressant for the closed stacks of the Rare Collections Library," said Cornelius Rusnov, architectural designer for Pennsylvania's Department of General Services, Bureau of Engineering and Architecture, who led the preservation effort. …

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