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Question and Answer #2


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.


Question and Answer #1

This recurring blog segment is a continuing list of some of the more challenging obstacles we are encountering during the cataloging project and their respective solutions.


One of the Oversize shelves.

What to do with oversize books?

This has been by far the most stressful element in the process up to this point (in my opinion anyways).  I didn’t realize the collection contained so many oversize books, but being a furniture library, with most books dealing with the subjects of art and design, I guess it seems obvious after the fact.  There are already five entire bookcases devoted to oversized books plus one section of another bookshelf.  The chief difficulty lies in the fact that the remainder of the shelves on the main cases are spaced so that there is a maximum of 28 cm for each of the top two shelve,s with 32 cm for the bottom. We have quite a few books larger than 28 cm.  One possible option we have discussed is adjusting the shelves (they are the adjustable metal kind) to measure 29 cm for each top shelf taking away two centimeters from the bottom.  The problem with this is that the way the shelves adjust doesn’t allow for such specification of measurement.



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