Some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staff assigned responsibility for collections care; 22 percent have no collections care personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family, and community collections are equally at risk.
"Your Old Books"
This guide addresses some frequently asked questions about rare and
older books and their values. The answers are meant only as general
responses to these questions, and many possible exceptions are not
described. No attempt has been made to identify or to evaluate
individual books, nor does RBMS have the resources to respond to such
requests. The appendix lists online and print resources for more
information on the questions covered.