Friday, August 27, 2010

Two great resources that are absolutely free...

These pamphlets are from Gaylord and they just happen to be free.  Everyone interested in book and collections care should have these in their collections.  You can find them at the bottom of the Gaylord catalog page.

They are available for download or you may order them all for free. One is called Bookcraft.  Our helpful how-to guide will assist you in the maintenance and repair of your books. It clearly illustrates simple step-by-step maintenance and repair techniques, along with 16 case studies and a list of additional resources.

 And Guide to Collection Care.   Written by conservators, our illustrated primer covers the proper handling and storage of paper, photographs, textiles and books. This guide also includes case studies and a list of several additional resources.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Glue Brushes

Glue brushes come in a variety of sizes.  I usually buy very cheap package brushes from Dollar General or, the ones I prefer, a big pack of artists brushes from Michael's or Hobby Lobby.  Those work for general glue work like tip-ins, re-backs, etc.  For bigger work with fabric, like re-casing a book,  I like to use a stiff glue brush like the one found in Gaylord's.  Whatever your choice, always remember to wash the brush out in soapy water and allow to dry after use. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Let's Talk About Bone Folders...

These are bone folders.  They come in a variety of sizes and a variety of materials.  The ones to the left are made of real bone.  There are also Teflon bone folders, but they are a tad expensive if you are working with a tight budget.  Teflon folders from Gaylord will cost roughly $35.00 for the smallest size

But what is a bone folder?   According to Wikipedia, "A bone folder or bonefolder is a dull edged device used to crease material in crafts such as bookbinding, card making and any other craft where a sharp crease is needed.  Often made from the leg bone of a cow, deer, or similar animal (hence its name). There are also synthetic alternatives available made from plastics. Bone folders made of Teflon have the advantage of not creating shiny marks on paper during use" (Wikipedia, Bone_folder).

Learn more about the origins of book binding from Wikipedia.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Tools or Now I have the preservation tool list, what do I do with it?

Let's talk a little about the tools. Where do you use them and what for? So, I am going to 'splain the tools in consecutive posts.

Preservation List for a start up Kit...

I have been teaching a little preservation class on Sunday & Wednesday nights to local school librarians and colleagues. It's been going pretty well so far and will be better once everyone can get their hands dirty :)  I'm placing a supply list, put together by a student in the class, on the end of this little missive. It is a list of items in my preservation kit. We scavenged a good many of these items from around the school, like the beakers that were going to be tossed out from the science dept. I use the bigger ones to hold my glue brushes and the smaller ones to hold water while I work. That's my little preservation area in the photo. Most of those items have been scavenged. Saves a good bit of the budget that way.

What I didn't scavenge I bought at the Dollar Store or on the cheap from other stores, like the utility knives and the skewers. What I couldn't get there I bought at (glue, brushes, etc.), (English paring knife, metal rulers), (book tape), or other preservation site. Look around for the best prices, that is the best way to work it! I also have a little tool kit where I keep my knives, scissors, band aids (a must have), pencils, bone folders, cotton gloves and cleaning sponges.  It's nice to have a little tool kit for holding your tools. 

Remember, you can always substitute cups (I have a few from vacations that I never use), old utensil holders, clean coffee cans,  etc, for beakers...use your imagination. I use clean cottage cheese or yogurt containers, with an air tight lid, for glue.   An old clothes iron from home if you don't have a book iron.  Anything you can reuse - reuse. The old boards from a hardback, if they aren't damaged, can be reused. If a book is falling apart and it is cheaper to reorder the book, salvage what you can and reuse the salvaged items on another book. Any thing you can do to save money and time, I always say :) Here's the list. I hope it helps you to build your preservation area.


1/2" Glue brush -- boars bristles

Apron scavenge or make your own!

Band-aids scavenge, buy cheap

Bone folder (cow or Teflon)

Book press

Box cutter /utility knives Hardware store, Dollar General

Bricks scavenge

Brushes -- many sizes Hardware, Art, etc.

Cambric tape

Cheesecloth scavenge, WalMart

or Super-cloth (starched)

Clamps Big Lots, Dollar Store. Find in Automotive or hardware area

Davy board reuse boards or salvage from other source. Buy new from

Emergency Response Wheel

English Paring knife -- right handed TALAS

Book knife

Exacto knife & extra blades Hardware store or

Formula 409 -- for clean up grocery store

Glue sticks - acid free

Metallic sharpies Office store

Nail clippers Drugstore

Paper Towels scavenge

Pencils (NEVER PENS!) scavenge

Poly-vinyl adhesive-ph neutral

Recycled paper -- scrap scavenge

Ruler with metal edge Office store

Scissors -- several scavenge

Scotch tape - to tape the skewers to the re-cased book. scavenge

Self-healing pad Sewing store/section

Sm. Cutting boards Dollar Store

Sm. Squirt Bottle scavenge

Sponge (dry cleaning)

Sponge brush(es) Hardware store

Steel rulers or alternate:

Alt. - T-square with tape measure added hardware store

Tweezers -- big & curvy, nice                               Drugstore or        Gaylord

Wax paper grocery store

WD-40 Pen Hardware store

White cotton gloves


Wooden Skewers - cut off ends grocery store, Dollar General


Thursday, April 8, 2010

USAirways Fail...sort of...

Here I was, all excited about going to ALA Annual in D.C. this summer. I had my registration paid for by my director, place to stay on my way to Denver airport (hub for USAirways out here) and I thought all I needed was a place to stay in D.C. I didn't want to book my "free air miles" ticket too soon, in case I couldn't find hotel accommodations. Makes sense, right? Well dang it, I should have gone ahead and booked because now I will need to leave a week early to get to D.C. with my "free" ticket. I shouldn't say it is a USAirways fail, it is all mine, but sheesh, those dates went quickly. How many "free" seats do they allot? One? Maybe two? I worked hard for those miles and now I can't use them when I really want too? It's ok, David will represent us at the poster session. But, dang it, I was really wanting to go. Sigh...

Monday, March 22, 2010

And now, time for something completely different...

Been working on preservation of some very old newspapers recently. You see, we were awarded a preservation grant not to long ago from the OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL RECORDS ADVISORY BOARD called “Threats to Your Collection” Grant Opportunity for Organizations. It's a pretty good way to get an archives started and to preserve items that have been donated over the years.

These newspapers are the college newspapers. They range from 1930's to the present day, with a few gaps in between. The paper is your typical newspaper type paper, very acidic and easily tears when slightly handled. Hence the filmoplast P by Neschen. Great stuff! It's a paper tape that mends those pesky rips and tears. It is non-acidic and will probably last longer than the paper it is mending. You can order it and other supplies from any archival or library supplier, e.g. Demco, Gaylord and BroDart to name a few.

Some of these newspapers are in pretty rough shape. We, the student assistants and I, sprayed them with BookKeeper, a deacidifying spray. That stuff is fantastic! It won't take the yellowing of the pages away, but it will slow the disintegration process of the newspapers. It took 10 bottles of bookkeeper to deacidify the newspapers we have. Always remember, an archive is always growing from donations. After we deacidified our newspapers, we received 3 more bound copies of newspapers from the 1930's. We will need to order 5 more refill bottles of BookKeeper to finish these new additions.

After spraying, the mending began in earnest. It took 2 boxes of filmoplast to mend them. These newspapers will be packed in archival boxes to be shipped (basically a road trip) to OK Historical Society in OKC to be microfilmed.

It's not an in-depth report, but you get the idea. If you ever want to know more, drop me a line and I will give you the scoop. Until next time...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Travis John Murphy

My oldest nephew, Travis, was killed March 5, 2010. He apparently fell asleep at the wheel and went head long into a tree and was pronounced dead at 5:03 am. Travis was on his way home from his girlfriends where he had earlier fallen asleep. He was 19 years old. I'm really gonna miss that kid. I can hear him now going "Aw, Aunt Rhonda" and giving me that shit eating grin he always used. That kid was loved. There were over 400 people at his funeral.

He was cremated and his parents got to bring him home on Wednesday, a day after the memorial service. That brought on another round of tears as does writing this...but it is for the best, tears. They cleanse and heal. I don't know how many tears I will need to shed before the wound heals or at least scabs a bit but I will fill the Salton sea many times over.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

ALA Annual and the Headaches it causes!

My friend David and I submitted a proposal for a poster session to the ALA Annual Conference held in D.C. this year. He has been trying to get me to do this for about 2 years now and I finally relented. I never thought we would have a chance, but low and behold, our proposal was accepted! Fanflippintastic! I really am pretty darn excited about it!

At first, I was going to be the ghost presenter...not there in body but of course there in spirit! My Director, the fabulous C. Evlyn Schmidt, offered to spring for the registration and a preconference class. That saves me almost $400 bucks! The headache is with dealing with the ALA and their reservations people. They are awful. Not user friendly and I might as well be dealing with the Russian consulate for all they understand anything. ALA has used this service for the last few conferences. Why has there not been any improvement in the services? Argh! So, I haven't booked a hotel room and the rates are astronomical. Nothing new, it is downtown D.C. after all. But, SHEESH! I have some time...the conference isn't until the end of June...can anyone put me up for a couple of days in D.C.?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My first ever blog post...scary

Well, here it is, my first ever blog and post. I have no plan for this blog at this moment, but I will use it for good, not evil, library ideas. Posting topics on preservation, access services and basically things that interest me and possibly interest you too. Join me on this mad ride if you wish...I hope to make it interesting.