ConserveThis! Archive

This is an archive of posts from both my old blogs (Digital Cellulose, Chartex project) and my current Tumblr blog, Conserve This!

If you love it, don’t laminate it!

If you love it, don’t laminate it!

Apparently our first university archivist/historian was a big fan of lamination. This just one of a couple hundred volumes containing some of our earliest university records and history that were meticulously laminated. I cannot accurately describe how aghast I must have looked while examining these. […]

GUM

GUM

My week summed up in one picture. Please don’t use gum as a bookmark. Be kind to your library books, and your library’s conservator.

Book Bindings on Jeopardy

Book Bindings on Jeopardy

While watching tonight’s episode of Jeopardy, I was super disappointed to discover that this category was really about book titles.

MRW I used some compressed air to dust underneath the book presses

MRW I used some compressed air to dust underneath the book presses, which apparently hadn’t been dusted in quite some time

A clean sweep of a herbal

A clean sweep of a herbal

Today I’m working on a treatment that is basically the rare book equivalent of cleaning under the couch cushions. This 2-volume herbal was used by a previous owner as a plant press, and many leaves, flowers and other assorted plant parts were discovered in-between its […]

No love for sticky-notes

No love for sticky-notes

💔 💔 💔 💔 No love for whoever used these pink heart-shaped sticky notes in one of our library books. They are now firmly attached to the page, even after only being placed there less than 8 months ago. Our circulation staff sent this book […]

Please don’t DIY when it comes to book repair!

Please don’t DIY when it comes to book repair!

And this is also why the staff at the library will often stress that patrons should not attempt their own repairs of library books. The “repair” often does more damage than helps, and won’t actually save you from being fined for a repair or replacement fee. […]

A productive week of bookbinding

A productive week of bookbinding

The results of a very productive three day bookbinding workshop, making board attachment models with the amazing Karen Hanmer. For more information on Karen’s work and teaching, check out her site!

Never back a book when you’re upset…

Never back a book when you’re upset…

Wow, whoever originally backed this 19th century publisher’s binding should’ve really taken a moment to calm down and take a deep breath first before continuing. They really beat the heck out of it with the hammer! Backing is  “the process of shaping a ridge or […]