Taking a Bite Out of the Archive

Andrew H. Lee and Kate E. Contakos, April 2005

To the Editor:

The suggestion—in the article "Taking a Byte Out of the Archives: Making Technology Work for You" (Perspectives, January 2005)—to put a sticky note "on or near the subject" will frequently do exactly that—take a bite out of the archives. Sticky notes can damage paper and remove text information. Worse yet, sticky notes leave behind a harmful adhesive residue that creates an acidic environment and eventually causes the paper to become brittle. We urge readers to please see the warning at http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/preservation postits.html. Some helpful resources are at http://www.nedcc.org/p101cs/p101wel.htm and http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/preservation/ieduc.html.

—Andrew H. Lee
Bobst Library, New York University

—Kate E. Contakos
Preservation Librarian
New York University Libraries