5 Things Thursday: Cataloging, Rare Books, Future
Here are five things and a question:
- Should you take a cataloging course in grad school? Hack Lib School says yes and I say heck yeah!
- Want to learn more about rare books and go to California? California Rare Book School has some fabulous offerings. I hope to attend someday.
- Really nice job on CONTENTdm collections from Ball State University here.
- Does the futurefor public libraries include a…
Preserving the History of Music
Last May, the Library was contacted by an English Handel scholar regarding a handwritten note in a 1776 5-volume set entitled A General History of the Science and Practice of Musicby Sir John Hawkins. The set was purchased some time ago for the Library by the Minneapolis Athenaeum and contains several handwritten notes, which expand on the content of the original work, and were apparently written by a Mr. Simpson in the 1780s.
Because the volumes were not listed in HCL’s online catalog (they have since been added), Special Collections librarian Ted Hathaway used an old card catalog to located the volumes, which had been tucked away in the 4th floor sequestered stacks at Minneapolis Central.
The volumes had been previously rebound in brown library buckram—a stiff, coated, poly-cotton cloth—which is currently used for bound periodicals and other general collection re-bindings. Because the Hawkins books were found to be in considerable disrepair, they were referred to the library’s Preservation Department. Preservation intern Jes Shimek, under the supervision of Frank Hurley, undertook the project of rebinding all five volumes. Jes’s purpose was not a full scale, period-correct restoration, but rather to provide all five volumes with handsome, sturdy new bindings, in order that the books could be enjoyed by HCL’s patrons. One of the volumes required complete dismantling and re-sewing onto recessed cords. All work was done in such a way so that it could be reversed, if desired, at a future juncture.
Jes commented on the process: “The process of taking apart each signature in volume 4, individually cleaning pages and reinforcing signature folds with Japanese tissue was one of the most meditative and Zen-like jobs I have done. To be able to hold and care for and strengthen something that historic, to become intimately acquainted with each page, is truly an amazing experience. My very favorite part, though, was re-sewing the book back together.”
Photo of Jes by Frank Hurley. All other photos by Jes Shimek.
Nothing will cheer up a day when you’re feeling crappy like when a kid asks for a book, and when you find it and hand it to her she goes “OhMyGoodness!!” and actually blushes a little because she’s so excited to have it.
I’m a librarian married to an accountant. This could be our memoir.
Source: Professional Literature for Librarians (pulp covers, library topics).
I feel like this is the story of my life being married to an independent contractor and always thinking “this year we’re finally prepared.” Nope.
I love libraries.
Imagine having braces during the apocalypse. no one can take your braces off. And you just have to accept that you’ll have braces forever.
oh my god i feel so sorry for whoever that happens to
you have my deepest regrets and condolences
I think about this a lot now.
Post apocalyptic set YA novel about a teenage girl traveling across a wasteland in hope of finding an orthodontist to remove her braces
princess and the pea