Tuesday, April 20, 2010
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.
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 Gaylord.com (glue, brushes, etc.), talasonline.com (English paring knife, metal rulers), Demco.com (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||Gaylord.com||X|
|Apron||scavenge or make your own!|
|Band-aids||scavenge, buy cheap||X|
|Bone folder (cow or Teflon)||Gaylord.com||X|
|Box cutter /utility knives||Hardware store, Dollar General||X|
|Brushes -- many sizes||Hardware, Art, etc.||X|
|or Super-cloth (starched)||Gaylord.com|
|Clamps||Big Lots, Dollar Store. Find in Automotive or hardware area|
|Davy board||reuse boards or salvage from other source. Buy new from Gaylord.com||X|
|Emergency Response Wheel||Gaylord.com|
|English Paring knife -- right handed||TALAS|
|Exacto knife & extra blades||Hardware store or Gaylord.com||X|
|Formula 409 -- for clean up||grocery store||X|
|Glue sticks - acid free||Gaylord.com|
|Metallic sharpies||Office store|
|Pencils (NEVER PENS!)||scavenge||X|
|Poly-vinyl adhesive-ph neutral||Gaylord.com||X|
|Recycled paper -- scrap||scavenge||X|
|Ruler with metal edge||Office store||X|
|Scissors -- several||scavenge||X|
|Scotch tape - to tape the skewers to the re-cased book.||scavenge|
|Self-healing pad||Sewing store/section||X|
|Sm. Cutting boards||Dollar Store|
|Sm. Squirt Bottle||scavenge|
|Sponge (dry cleaning)||Gaylord.com|
|Sponge brush(es)||Hardware store|
|Steel rulers or alternate:||Gaylord.com||X|
|Alt. - T-square with tape measure added||hardware store|
|Tweezers -- big & curvy, nice||Drugstore or Gaylord|
|Wax paper||grocery store||X|
|WD-40 Pen||Hardware store|
|White cotton gloves||Gaylord.com|
|Wooden Skewers - cut off ends||grocery store, Dollar General||X|
Thursday, April 8, 2010
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...