INF 393C.1: Course Information
INF 393C.1: Book Lab I
Instructor: Rebecca Elder
Course Meeting Times
Mondays, 1 PM - 4 PM, UTA 1.506A
This class will cover the basic principles of book repair and book repair program management for non-rare materials, including:
The class will be composed primarily of hands on work. The major assignment will be a portfolio of models of each technique we cover in class. There will be three smaller assignments as well.
Students will be provided with a tool kit for use during the semester. The tool kit must be returned in good condition at the end of the semester. Most materials will be provided by the instructor, however from time to time you will be responsible for providing materials. When this happens, you will be given ample time to acquire the materials.
Several open lab sessions will be scheduled throughout the semester to allow students time to work on their portfolios.
Many readings required will be available through UTLOL or via Blackboard. There is an abundance of material on book repair in the resource room adjacent to the book lab.
Professor: Rebecca Elder
Teaching Assistant: Halley Grogan
Grades will be based on: Portfolio (35%), Written Instructions (15%), Instruction Manual (15%), Budgeting Exercise (15%), and Class Participation and Attendance (20%).
This schedule is very tentative. Depending upon class progress, additional repair techniques may be added.
Portfolio - 35%
Preliminary Due: March 7
A preliminary portfolio will be due on March 7, which will include the bound books, page mends, hinge tightening, tipping and hinging and a reback. A temporary grade will be assigned, however this is to be used as a benchmark for your progress only. If you are not happy with the grade you receive on this portion of the portfolio, you may redo any components you like and resubmit them with the final portfolio.
All components will be evaluated for technique, including appropriate repair choice, neatness, and effectiveness of the repair.
Extra credit of up to 2 points may be obtained on the final portfolio by including another repair, enclosure, or model. This should be discussed with the instructor prior to choosing a project.
Written Instructions - 15% Due by e-mail by March 11
As you work in an institutional context, you may be required to write instructions for repair techniques for staff to follow. For this assignment, write a set of directions for rebacking a cloth case binding. Your instructions will be graded on clarity, attention to detail and presentation.
Sourcing/Budgeting Exercise - 15% Due April 11
To successfully manage a repair program and make decisions about appropriate treatment for circulating materials, you must have an understanding of the costs involved. For each consumable material used during class, find at least one source (two or three is preferable and will lead to a correspondingly higher grade) and provide pricing for each.
After you have obtained pricing on each consumable, use this information, along with a labor rate that will be provided to calculate the ultimate cost of each repair technique submitted for your portfolio. A worksheet you can use as an example of how to calculate cost is available on Blackboard.
Instruction Manual - 15% Due May 2
All of the techniques we are performing in class have had instructions written for each of them by many book repair experts, and every repair person does things slightly differently. For each repair technique covered in class, find at least two sets of instructions. These may be submitted on CD or flash drive. For two of these techniques, write a brief analysis (approximately one page) comparing the two sets.
Lab Management and Book Repair Programs
Baker, Whitney, and Liz Dube. "Identifying Standard Practices in Research Library Conservation." Library Resources and Technical Services 54.1 (2010): 21-39. Web. 3 Jan 2011.
Banks, Paul and Roberta Pilette. Preservation: Issues and Planning. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000.
Kaufman, Heather. "Issues in Setting Up a Book Repair Program." American Library Association. American Library Association, 2004. Web. 3 Jan 2011. www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/dis/alcts/confevents/past/ala/.../04/kaufman.pdf
Silverman, Randy, and Maria Grandinette. The Changing Role of Book Repair in ARL Libraries. Washington, DC.: Association of Research Library, 1993. eBook.
Book Repair Manuals and Miscellaneous Repair Instructions
BonaDea, Artemis. "Conservation Book Repair: A Training Manual." Alaska Historical Library. Alaska State Library, 1995. Web. 3 Jan 2011. http://www.library.state.ak.us/hist/conman.html
"Conserve-O-Grams." National Park Service Museum Management Program. National Park Service, n.d. Web. 3 Jan 2011.http://www.nps.gov/museum/publications/conserveogram/cons_toc.html
Dyal, Carole, and Pete Merrill-Oldham. "Three Basic Book Repair Procedures." BookArts Web. Acme Bookbinding, n.d. Web. 3 Jan 2011.http://www.philobiblon.com/bkrepair/BookRepair.html
Frost, Gary. "Collections Conservation Procedure Manual." University of Iowa Libraries. University of Iowa Libraries, 2004. Web. 3 Jan 2011. http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/preservation/pages/Otherpdf/2004manualpdfs/full%20manual%202004.pdf
"Preservation Leaflets." Northeast Document Conservation Center. Northeast Document Conservation Center, n.d. Web. 3 Jan 2011. http://www.nedcc.org/resources/leaflets.list.php
"A Simple Book Repair Manual." Dartmouth College Library. Dartmouth College Library, n.d. Web. 3 Jan 2011. http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/preservation/repair/index.html
Young, Laura S. Bookbinding & conservation by hand: a working guide. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1995. Print.
Appelbaum, Barbara. Conservation treatment methodology. New York, NY: Elsevier, 2007. Print.
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