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💔 💔 💔 💔 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 to Preservation after they tried to remove one of the […]

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TGIF! “Christ Among the Doctors” by Maestro Bartolome, ca 1480-88

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Somebody memorialized their Eureka moment on the title page of this library book.

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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 pages by our special collections librarian.  The plants had already […]

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Sometimes my job as a conservator involves encapsulating the flowers that were sent in a 19th century envelope addressed to the 19th century novelist and poet George Meredith. Polyester encapsulation is not the same as lamination; the inert polyester plastic is never directly adhered to any of the items within, only the edges are sealed […]

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Since I haven’t had much time to take photos of my current work, here’s a throwback photo instead! These are some of the textblocks I made for my historical book models in grad school. The top is for a laced vellum case, on alum tawed thongs with a primary endband on an alum tawed core. […]

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Library propaganda! by Suzy Via Flickr: TGIF!  Also, for those curious: the original poster was created by Albert Dorne in 1942 for the US Government Printing Office (which therefore makes it public domain). You can find more great WW2 propaganda posters on Northwestern University’s repository. [The above image is from the Northwestern University repository database of […]

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Library valentine about tape

sonofahurricane: npr: conservethis: Roses are red, Violets are blue, If you put tape on your books, I’ll never EVER love you. As a book-lover I support this valentine. -Mabinty can someone explain to me why we hate tape on books? Like book tape (when my mom could spare it) has saved a couple of my […]

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Yes, that’s a banana. That was used as a bookmark, in one of our non-circulating books. And then left for our staff to find over the weekend. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE??!!?!?! I hope it goes without saying, that if you’re reading my Tumblr, you know better than to leave banana peels in books. 

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This book’s call number label has peeled away, but also took some of the spine’s decoration with it, leaving an interesting pattern on the underside of the label.