g
Printer Friendly Version

editor  
BellaOnline's Library Sciences Editor
 

Book Mending Materials

Information on tools and techniques for this essential task for librarians and others who care for books.

According to perceived wisdom, many of the activities that consume a librarian's time are not covered in Library School. During mine own education the assistant dean asked what courses we would like to see offered during the interim semester (these were mini, one credit courses). The overwhelming response was, "book repair."

I was momentarily surprised. Then I thought back to my volunteer work at the US Military Community Library, in Vicenza, Italy. Knowing that I aspired to being a librarian, the library director had me work in a variety of areas. The most useful tool provided to me was an Army produced video on book repair.

When I entered library school I already possessed this valuable knowledge. I do admit to a lack of experience with rare books. My book first aide has been limited to work with trade books in "public" circulation.

The need for book repair is obvious. Budgets do not allow for nonchalant disposal of bruised books. The damaged book may be out of print, a rare edition, or possess other value. In this article I will not address the unique needs of rare books or manuscripts. The focus will be the books and materials in circulation by the average school, public, or academic library.

Mending materials come in two forms--cheap generic, non-book specific materials, and more expensive, book specific materials. The first type include:

Materials in the latter category often include:

*--This is my personal choice for removing sticky residue left on scissors from the tape.


As you can see there are some things in common, but some items are book specific. Which ones you use will depend upon what type of book you are mending. Is it a paperback copy of a series that will be "unpopular" in a year? Is it a valuable hardback book that is constantly in circulation? These two questions will determine which tools you should use. I keep on hand a combination of the two lists.

Book Mending Methods

Library Sciences Site @ BellaOnline
View This Article in Regular Layout

Content copyright © 2013 by Paula Laurita. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Paula Laurita. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Christine Sharbrough for details.



| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2013 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor