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After refusing the bids of all three firms vying to deacidify its collections, the Library of Congress will return to Capitol Hill this fall "with an articulated approach" toward procuring book conservation services, LC's deacidification program manager Gerald Garvey has told AL.
Among the firms that failed to pass muster was Akzo Chemicals, who in 1989 leased the DEZ mass deacidification process LC itself developed over some 14 years (AL, Sept. 1989, p. 721).
LC was scheduled to issue some 1,300 pages of scientific data in October about the performances of Akzo and the other two offerors--FMC, headquartered in North Carolina, and the Canadian firm Wei T'o. …