Preservation & conservation - Binding Obsession

The road goes ever on and on…

It’s not official yet, but it’s close enough—I’ve finished graduate school. I have a Master’s of Science. And I’m about to get married and take my first European vacation in over ten years. (I fell in love with Europe on that trip so long ago; I look forward to doing so again.) Oh, and I […]

Dusting off an old book-repair manual

There are a couple of old book-repair manuals on my bench at Beatley Library that, up to this point, I have more or less ignored in favor of my own collection at home. One is in many ways an advertising piece from Demco, and the other is sort of a mix between a general non-fiction […]

Reflecting on my internship at Baker Library

At the end of March, I finished up my three-month internship at Baker Library (Harvard Business School), where I worked with Priscilla Anderson, Lisa Clark, and Noah Sheola. Between end-of-semester projects, wedding and honeymoon planning, and other projects, though, I haven’t had a good chance to really sit down and reflect upon my experiences there. […]

Preservation Week 2012

Contrary to popular opinion, the world will not be ending in 2012. Therefore, it still seems reasonable to celebrate for (and education about) Preservation Week. Not sure what that is? Here’s the gist: Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of […]

Workbench discovery: Related bindings

Late last year, two books (amongst many others) came in for repairs. I noticed that they had very similar blind stamping on the covers, and upon closer examination, I realized that (unsurprisingly) they had come from the same publisher: James Nichol, Edinburgh. The two books were published five years apart, but the publisher’s stamping and […]

Workbench discovery: Paper mystery

Late last year, an interesting book came into the repair area. It needed a basic paper repair—the first few leaves of the text block had fallen out. At first, I thought that those pages were printed on a different paper, since they had yellowed (and cracked) much more severely than the others. However, I then […]

Librarian week in the life, part 2

My first adventure into the Library Day in the Life project wraps up! Here’s how the rest of the week looked. (If you’re interested in Monday and Tuesday, my internship days, you can read about them in part 1.) Wednesday 6:30 am: I drag myself out of bed later than I’d intended. The morning is […]

Librarian week in the life, part 1

Twice a year, Bobbi Newman (Librarian By Day) organizes the Library Day in the Life project. This week marks the first time that I’ve participated. I’ve been active on Twitter (@BindObs, #libday8), and I’ve been logging more-detailed daily projects in a notebook. I was going to post these notes at the end of the week, but […]