Circulating library collections suffer damage as a result of poor manufacturing, inadequate repairs, and heavy use. Books with small problems may become severely damaged with use. In circumstances when commercial binding is not an option or is inappropriate, experienced book repair staff can repair these volumes in-house. Building on the skills learned in the Fundamentals of Book Repair class, students will learn more complex repair techniques. This two-day class focuses on re-sewing volumes where the signatures are loose or separated, recasing a book in its original cover, and constructing a new case for the textblock. Primarily through hands-on
instruction, students will learn the following techniques:
Recase a textblock in its original cover
Reinforcing the spine of a damaged case
Stabilization of loose signatures by mending and sewing
Creating and casing a textblock in new cover: replacing one that is damaged or badly worn.
To provide context for the repair work, lectures and exercises will address the following:
preservation principles, treatment alternatives, adhesives, decision making, workflow issues, tools and equipment, and production setup. Techniques from previous class will be reviewed, and questions about tools, materials, equipment, and workflow will be discussed. The book repair procedures covered in this class are not intended for the repair of rare, archival, or special collection materials.
Discuss preservation product choices for repair.
Identify books that would benefit from in-house treatment.
Apply sound repair techniques to circulating collections.
Previous attendance at LYRASIS' Fundamentals of Book Repair is mandatory for registration.