You have explored the mechanisms of deterioration for film-based and electronic media and briefly examined the role of external factors in collection deterioration. In this section you will begin to relate this information to your own collections.
IMPORTANT: This examination of your collections is not meant to serve as a formal collection condition survey, but it will assist you in determining which materials need further attention. You may decide that one or more collection condition surveys are required for specific subsets of your film-based or electronic materials (e.g., reel-to-reel tapes, photographic negatives, motion picture films). This type of inspection most often takes the form of an item-by-item survey by a conservator with detailed knowledge of that particular type of collection.