Just another moldy Monday…

This is our bookcart where moldy books go, before, during, and after they’re evaluated by me. We try to keep these items separated from other items in our processing room, for the safety of the other books as well as the safety of us conservators!

Once I get the go-ahead from the subject specialists, they are withdrawn (and sometimes replacements are ordered) and then the moldy copy is disposed of…I mean, uh, they go to spend the rest of their lives in the country on a nice book farm.

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP: Always wear gloves and a mold-specific face-mask or respirator when handling moldy items. Mold allergies are nothing to sneeze at!