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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.

Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives
46 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262

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 13, 2018
10:00am - 2:00pm
Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives
  ¬†Collection Development & Maintenance  
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