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

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