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Things they don’t tell you in book conservation grad school…

Things they don’t tell you in book conservation grad school…

Things they don’t tell you in book conservation grad school: one day your job will be to make a housing for a large papier-mâché chicken puppet.

Some scenes from the move of our archives and special collections…

Some scenes from the move of our archives and special collections…

Some scenes from the move of our archives and special collections: empty shelves contrasted with full book trays on their way to offsite storage. My library will be undergoing a massive renovation early this coming year, and I am the one managing the logistics involved […]

Arizo……na

Arizo……na

Bystander: I think the letters you picked are too b- 

 Bookbinder: ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Tape of low moral fiber

Tape of low moral fiber

If you ever need some scotch tape or masking tape in my conservation lab, this is where you’ll find it.   Double-sided tape (used for all sorts of conservation housings) is in the “Tape Tape” drawer.

Found in the archives and sealed with a kiss!

Found in the archives and sealed with a kiss!

While making photocopies of some moldy archives material, my student worker noticed that someone (presumably the person whose papers these are) had used this document to blot their lipstick. 💋💄

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.

My coworker showed them to me today for the first time. My response was, “Well, at least while I’m crying the lamination will protect all the documents from my tears…”

😭😭😭

IF YOU LOVE IT, DON’T LAMINATE IT!!

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 have to explain what microfilm is to my student workers in the library

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