Sometimes books get hurt. The covers get torn, and the pages get creased, and sometimes, even, a book gets read to death. But steady your heart, when books from Copley Library are damaged, we take them down to the book repair station to be patched up so patrons can continue utilizing our resources for longer. Books are brought in for many reasons, but the most common book damage is spinal. When books are pulled from their shelves, many are pulled by the top of their spine, leading to tearing and cracking.
The solution is bookbinding. We replace the existing binding material with a new material that will hold up under years more of use, like a permanent splint. Then the books go back out into the wide world of circulation, sturdy and ready for our patrons.
For an inside look at how Copley Library repairs cracked book spines, check out our book repair photos on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/copleylibrary/. You can find steps to bind a cracked book under “Sets” → “Bookbinding.” Add us as a contact to follow the growing collection of photos and tips on book repair, plus even more Copley-related photo collections to come!
And if you check out one of our books at Copley that needs repairing, just tell someone at the Circulation Desk when you stop by to return your books!
Copley Library was represented by six librarians this year at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago in June. We’re especially proud of two of them, Li Fu and Lorelei Sterling, for giving a presentation at this international meeting of librarians and library professionals.
Li and Lorelei shared the leadership role our library, and in particular the Access & Outreach Services Department, has played on USD’s Changemaker Hub campus, using the metaphor of a road trip. They highlighted new services, such as copyright workshops for faculty, the Amazing Race workshop as an aid in training student workers, cultural exchange events with student organizations, and more, as light poles guiding the journey, and Access & Outreach Services staff members as the tour guides and drivers. The “summit of success” at the end of this road trip, is that student workers are motivated, staff is empowered, patrons are engaged, and new services are being created.
The best part of the presentation is that Li and Lorelei were able to showcase the great things happening in Copley Library, and the leadership role our library has taken on campus, and were able to provide a model for other libraries looking to be a force of change.
One of the many summer projects of Copley Library is the cataloging of the Hoehn Print Study Room book collection located in Founders Hall. The collection consists of many art books about famous print-makers, such as Francisco Goya, Mary Cassatt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Georges Rouault. The collection also consists of books about the history of print-making throughout the world. Once the records have been added, you can search Copley Library’s catalog for those books of interest and view them at the Hoehn Print Study Room. As of right now, approximately 500 books and journals have been added to the library catalog. The collection is open to the public and if you would like to know any more about the Hoehn Print Study Room and its collections, here is their website with more information:
The Box with the Gilded Mask by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
The Mandolin Players by Mary Cassatt