This is a three-part workshop.
Basic book repair provides information about managing a book repair program. Participants will gain hands-on experience in basic book and paper repair techniques for general library collections. Decision-making about selection and treatment and choosing appropriate materials for book repair will be discussed. In the hands-on component, participants will learn to:
· Mend tears using a variety of techniques
· Repair hinges using a variety of techniques
· Tip in and hinge in loose or replacement pages
Intermediate book repair builds upon the skills learned on the first day. Participants will learn to:
· Reattach a sound text block to its original case
· Replace damaged spines
· Replace missing spines
Advanced book repair builds upon the skills learned in the intermediate book repair workshop, participants will learn to:
· Construct a new case for a sound text block
· Repair sewing on a split text block
These hands-on workshop are designed for library staff members who need to build techniques in book repair and/or supervisors of book repair units for general collections. These workshops will NOT cover techniques for the repair of research collections or materials that are rare or special.
These workshops can be taught on consecutive days or individually.
Paper Repair Techniques for Archivists
This course will introduce participants to the basic procedures of paper conservation and their place in a comprehensive preservation program. The session will cover the nature of paper and will describe responsible solutions to common problems of unbound materials such as prints, drawings, maps, and documents. Participants will be given hands-on experience with:
· Surface cleaning
Popular repair techniques to avoid will be discussed, and a materials and suppliers list will be provided.
This workshop is designed for staff working with manuscript collections and other unbound paper. This workshop is also pertinent for people concerned with preserving their own family papers.
Constructing Protective Enclosures
Creating protective enclosures is another valuable option for the preservation of collections. Boxes provide books with structural support and protection from dust, dirt, light, and mechanical damage. Enclosures can hold very thin, small, or fragile books in shape and protect them from adjacent volumes on the shelf. This workshop is an introduction to the construction of simple enclosures from chemically stable materials. It focuses on techniques that do not require expensive equipment or supplies. In the hands-on component, participants will learn to:
· Construct a book wrapper
· Construct a corrugated clamshell box
Construction of other enclosures will be demonstrated as time permits. This workshop is designed for library and archives staff members who perform book repair and/or supervisors of book repair units for general collections. It is also appropriate for stewards of rare, special, or archival materials. These objects, when damaged, should be boxed if conservation treatment is not appropriate or possible.
Preparing Collection Materials for Exhibition
Exhibiting library and archival materials is a good way to increase awareness of collections and to engage the public. This workshop will introduce safe methods of exhibiting books, manuscripts, and documents. The necessary elements of an exhibition program will be covered as well as materials and techniques for mounting collections. Participants will be given hands-on experience with:
· Mounting paper items in mats
· Making mounts for flat items
· Making book mounts from mat board
Common exhibit mistakes will be covered. Sample materials and supply catalogues will be provided.
This workshop is designed for staff working with book, manuscript, and archives collections who have or want to start an exhibition program.
Disaster Response and Recovery – one or two day workshop
Day one will provide information on the different roles of the disaster response team, hazardous materials, and documentation and response logistics.
Day Two will cover salvage priorities and a demonstration/participation in a wet-salvage exercise recovering materials commonly found in libraries, archives, and museums.
Doing this workshop in two days is highly recommended but a one day workshop can be done and would consist of truncated versions of each day of the two day workshop.