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  • 1. CARE AND HANDLING OF LIBRARY MATERIALS Training for library staff Prepared by Preservation and Imaging Department of the Harvard College Library Weissman Preservation Center of the Harvard University Library 2007
  • 2. Staff Responsibilities
    • Handle library materials gently.
    • Set a good example for all library users.
    • Notice the condition of materials and report damage to an appropriate staff member.
  • 3. Always handle library materials with clean, dry hands. Workspace
  • 4. Keep work surfaces clean and uncluttered. Workspace
  • 5. Do not eat in work areas. This will attract vermin and insects. Workspace
  • 6. Avoid tall piles of books that can topple over. Workspace
  • 7. Use flat cotton tape to secure damaged books. Processing
  • 8. Do not use post-it notes, Processing
  • 9. paperclips, Processing
  • 10. pressure sensitive tape, Processing
  • 11. or rubber bands in conjunction with library materials. Processing
  • 12. Please do not use double-sided security strips, as they will cause pages to stick together. Processing
  • 13. If necessary, you may place a single-sided security strip deep into the gutter of the text block. Processing
  • 14. Support book spines and covers when holding books open. Processing
  • 15. or stamping. Processing
  • 16. Use bookmarks that are thin, clean, non-acidic, and will not damage or distort bindings. Processing
  • 17. Avoid exposing library materials to harmful environments.
    • High light levels can cause book covers to fade.
  • 18. Avoid exposing library materials to harmful environments.
    • Water can cause deformation, cockling, and staining.
  • 19. Use Rainy Day Bags on Rainy Days.
  • 20. Thank you for taking care of Harvard’s collections.