Tag: bookbinding

Post ID: 5995

One of the library staff found this book in the stacks and brought it to me to see if we should maybe put it somewhere safer (like Special Collections). It was published in 1798, and I’m pretty sure that’s the original binding, based on the […]

Bibliopaths: The case of the lacquer binding |Rita Udina. Paper & Book conservation and restoration

Bibliopaths: The case of the lacquer binding |Rita Udina. Paper & Book conservation and restoration Are we supposed to fear bibliopaths? Or maybe we should give them an award? Who are they? They are victims of bibliophile passion, people touched by an irrepressible instinct to […]

Post ID: 6603

Tools I use in conservation.

Book Repair Boot Camp

Book Repair Boot Camp   One important part of my job is to train new student employees, but one of my highlights is to teach book repair skills to others such as Gloria Diez, one of our 2014 Lennox Interns.  Gloria…

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!

Historic Book Structures for Conservators Workshop, 2015

Historic Book Structures for Conservators Workshop, 2015 I’m really excited about this summers Historic Book Structures for Conservators, which will be held at The Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. July 1-31, 2015. This is a fantastic opportunity for serious students and professional conservators who want […]

The Mystery of the Wire Loop

The Mystery of the Wire Loop Over the last several years, books with a small wire loop have been found in at least three libraries across the United States. Initial inquiries found no satisfactory answer for their presence. Speculations ranged from some sort of security […]

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.

Post ID: 7178

risilovesink: We have a set of these odd sewing keys that were cast instead of punched. I think they look like cephalopods.