Tag: book conservation

Post ID: 6753

conservethis: What tape does to paper. You can see my fingers through the tape, which has made the paper translucent. Here’s a bit more of an explanation about what’s happening between the tape and the paper in the photos above: “A good example to illustrate […]

Post ID: 6763

What tape does to paper. You can see my fingers through the tape, which has made the paper translucent.

Conservation lab limericks

Here in the lab there’s no issues,
With using our tissues,
Except when you sneeze,
We ask you quite please,
Use the Kleenex and not the Sekishu!


There once was a company named Demco,
Whose products were used with a gusto,
On spines they would drape,
The most marvelous tape,
Removing its really quite slow, yo.


I work in a book-fixing lab,
this makes me think I’m quite fab,
it’s self-confidence I foster,
so to not think I’m an imposter,
“Preservation is awesome!” I’ll blab!

Post ID: 6957

historyturtle: collectorsweekly: Flipping Out Over Handheld Movies, a Century Before Smartphones How would you deal with corroding fasteners in these sorts of objects? I would think they’d be a bit crucial towards keeping the entirety of the book intact…  Re: historyturtle’s question: There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for […]

Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts

Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts muspeccoll: Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts introduces you to the study of early text technologies, focusing especially on the medieval book and other written objects. A couple of us here in Special Collections are taking this online course on medieval manuscript production. […]

Feeling small: Fingers can detect nano-scale wrinkles even on a seemingly smooth surface

Feeling small: Fingers can detect nano-scale wrinkles even on a seemingly smooth surface

Post ID: 7163

Screenshot from our library catalog software, as I’m checking books back in after they’ve been repaired. Apparently, this book was quite delicious.

Merry, Sparkly, and Bright!

illinoisrbml: It’s that time of year when houses and trees glow with holiday lights and, here in the Midwest at least, cars and windows boast thin layers of glimmering frost each morning. A few of the books in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library are […]

Post ID: 7296

How cool is this?! #bookbinding #bookrepair #bookconservation #anatomy

A photo posted by Jason Patrician (@jpatrician01) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:20pm PDT

Conservation Conversations // Adhesives in Library and Archives: A Colloquium Review (Part 1)

Conservation Conversations // Adhesives in Library and Archives: A Colloquium Review (Part 1) Last Friday, the first Biennial Conservation Colloquium was held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Four conservators traveled to Urbana from the UK and across the country to speak about their research or practical experiences […]