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 device (either to physically tie the book in place or as an early electronic detection system) or as a method of attaching a bookmarker to the textblock. None of these suggestions seem plausible given the nature of the device.
This is a query for more information about these devices. It is hoped that when other conservators have seen these loops or will in the future, they will forward this information to the presenter. This information will then be examined for an explanation and a catalog of books containing the loops will be created. A future report will hopefully reveal the solution to the mystery of the wire loop.
Books and other library materials all have archenemies. One of those just happens to be marking, highlighting, and dog-earing. How you ask? Well, just watch this video. And remember, book care, it’s good for everyone! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)
The Grinch-Conservator However, if you are a library professional, and you are using library materials to build a book tree as a display in your library, then I am calling you out. There are a million and one ways to decorate and share your festive holiday spirit (have you looked at Pinterest lately?!) without […]