Question and Answer #2

Question:

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?

Answer:

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.

Question:

What about books signed by the author?

Should we designate this in the catalog? Is it important to the library?

Answer:

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.

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