What to do with damaged books?
Should we put them aside for the curator to check? Will they be repaired or rebound in the future? Should we put a note in the record designating the need for repair?
After consulting with Karla (the curator), who expressed an interest in being capable of easily locating those books in need of repair, we decided to add a General Note (500) field with the text: Needs repair. Karla can later create a list of these books when she has the funding to put towards repairs.
What about books signed by the author?
Should we designate this in the catalog? Is it important to the library?
After once again consulting with Karla, we decided to note author signatures in a General Note (500) field with the text: Signed by [author name]. If the author wrote a note in the book with their signature we will be including those as well, making allowances for illegibility. We will not be including as a note any other writings, such as donor notes.