The first rule of book mending is “do no harm.” Sometimes, library books come into the Preservation Department that are irreparable, or require repairs that could eventually cause more damage. When those books are also irreplaceable, or of historical interest, we need to find a way to keep them in our collection. What can we do with those books? Put them in boxes!
An archival box offers a book protection from further damage. To ensure the most protection, archival boxes must be made to the precise dimensions of a book. This means archival boxes are often quite expensive, especially when outsourced. Fortunately, Tutt Library’s Cataloging Coordinator, Clare Trissel, was willing to teach interested library staff how to make high-quality archival boxes in-house!
Over Half Block, we had a box-making party. We met at our Creekside location, where most of Tutt Library’s collection is temporarily housed during renovations. Creekside is also the current home of the Preservation Department. It was nice for the Creekside staff to have company in our new workspace! After a great demonstration, some head-scratching, and a few good laughs, we have several lovely archival boxes to show for our efforts. Thanks, Clare!
Didn't know that Tutt Library had a Preservation Department? You do now! Madalyn Rilling, Preservation & Retrieval Specialist, evaluates and repairs dozens upon dozens of books every block. Repairs range from the simple -- torn pages, broken spines etc; -- to the extensive -- such as the books shown here, which now can be returned to the shelves thanks to the attendees of the first Book Box Party!