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Getting It Right: Basic Repairs for General Collections

Often taping or gluing general collection materials causes more damage to the collection than not. This workshop will introduce participants to easy, non-damaging techniques to deal with loose pages, banged up corners, loose hinges, and torn pages as well as a description of why we are dealing with many of these issues from the book construction point of view.

MLS Marlborough Office
225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 229, Marlborough, MA 01752

Please bring the following materials to the workshop:

Three 10-inch knitting needles (size 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5)
Scissors (optional)
Exacto (or similar) knife
Weights (two cloth-covered bricks or equivalent)
Microspatula (small, stainless steel spatula) (available from University Products or Gaylord)
Bone folder for creasing
1/2" paintbrush for use with glue
Two (2) old cups into which glue and water can be poured
Ace bandage (two is preferable)
Bib-type apron or old clothes
Metal straight edge (18" or longer preferably with a cork backing)
Large piece of heavy cardboard to use as a cutting surface (preferably not corrugated)
Two wooden boards, approximately 8" x 12" x 3/4", to use for pressing under the weights
Wax paper and scrap paper (large sheets)
Pencils (No pens)
Bulldog clips and four small (1" x 2") pieces of light cardboard
Items to be repaired:

  • Discarded periodical with torn pages
  • Several discarded books with torn pages or one in which pages could be torn at the workshop
  • Discarded books (No Children's Books) with:
    • Loose hinges (intact and not torn - covers intact but loose)
    • Beat up corners
    • Do not bring books with split spines, with sections of the textblock coming out, with covers coming off, or with hinges showing the super cloth
Thursday, December 6, 2018
10:00am - 2:00pm
  ¬†Collection Development & Maintenance  
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