Category Archives: Preservation Services

Cutting Corners (Or Not)

Corners have always been a challenge for me. I think it’s one of those skills you’re either really good at, or you’re always trying to get it just right. When I do get a perfect corner it is a highly satisfying feeling.For most of my bookbinding … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Stephanie!

It is with great pleasure I announce that Stephanie Wolff has been promoted to Assistant Conservator. A major responsibility of this new position is to be the conservation digital liaison, which will manage workflow and treatment assessment for conserv… Continue reading

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To Great Teamwork

Almost ten years ago John Cocklin, Economics and Social Science Data Librarian, was contacted by Readex (a division of NewsBank Corporation) to borrow a small number of volumes from the U. S. Congressional Serial Set. They were digitizing their microf… Continue reading

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Digital Production: Tools of the Trade

Today I’d like to highlight the Digital Production Unit, a cozy corner of Baker Library where we, along with the crucial help of many other library departments and staff, help to bring digital content to the Dartmouth community. Baker 02: where the mag… Continue reading

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Book Production During Wartime

Late this summer Musket to Machine Gun, by A.M. Low, arrived in the lab for repair. As I opened it up to assess the damage, I noticed this imprint: The book, published in 1942 by Hutchinson & Co. in England, was subject to the production standard… Continue reading

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Visiting Conservator

At the end of September we had the great fortune to host conservator Chiara Minardi from Parma, Italy. Her specialty is working with vellum and executing comprehensive conservation work on texts bound in vellum. Rauner Special Collections Library had r… Continue reading

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Encapsulation: Too Close For Comfort

As part of a digitization project to scan historic maps of New Hampshire, selected maps are being reviewed here in the Conservation lab. Each week I gather fifteen maps from Evans Map Room in Baker Berry and transport them to Conservation. Because t… Continue reading

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A Model Collection

In the conservation lab we work on books from wide-ranging time periods. Some date back to the 1300s while others are 2012 editions. As conservators we need to understand our book history and be familiar with a variety of book structures. Consideration… Continue reading

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DJ: Spin that Disc!

My father was a DJ, so growing up I was surrounded by LPs and at an early age I was taught how to handle and clean the vinyl discs that spouted the music of the Moody Blues, Rolling Stones, and Harry Nilsson’s “The Point”. Recently, the conservation… Continue reading

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New Position: Book Arts Work Shop Special Instructor

I am thrilled to announce the creation of the Book Arts Workshop Special Instructor position (DRM-D) responsible for the day-to-day operation of the letterpress and bindery studios. This new three-year, 3/4-time term position will collaborate with Dart… Continue reading

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