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Art Books To Campus Freezer

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 Once the art books were safely stashed in the freezer truck, we began looking for on campus freezers. We found one in Macbride Hall — a nice sized walk in freezer. We were able to get all but 50 boxes into the freezer. As Rijn and I were brainstorming how toContinue reading “Art Books To Campus Freezer”

Putting the Book Freeze Dryer to Work

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 We spent the first part of the morning practicing setting the controls and reviewing the maintenance procedures. Then we loaded up the freezer — a much awaited event. Our old freeze dryer had started losing freezer capability a few days ago. The books were still cold but had begun to thaw.Continue reading “Putting the Book Freeze Dryer to Work”

Art Library Books Looking Good

Friday, February 20, 2009 Caitlin and Kristin spent most of the day at the Art Library sorting through the air-drying books. They inspected almost 400 books. At the end of the day there were still 18 volumes needing more air drying time. The rest were put on carts. About 200 volumes will need repair work — flattening, small repairs, or newContinue reading “Art Library Books Looking Good”

More Wet Books

Thursday, February 19, 2009 The Art Librarian called early this morning informing us that a pipe had burst, soaking the oversize art book collection. The good news was that they had caught the water break early and that it was clean water. The bad news was that a majority of the books had clay-coated pagesContinue reading “More Wet Books”

Protective Boxes for Art Books

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 In 2007, School of Library and Information Science Preservation students Laura Guth, Sally Myers, and Kris Wiley prepared a preservation plan for the oversize collection of about 550 books at the University of Iowa Art Library. The plan called for sending a small number of items to Book Repair each week.Continue reading “Protective Boxes for Art Books”

Cooked Books

Thursday, July 17, 2008 (continued) This time everything went off as planned and we were in the building shortly after 7PM! The first thing we noticed was how incredibly hot and dry it was – 98.2 degrees with R/H 30%! The air tubes are shut down but they have achieved good air flow with fans. Kristin andContinue reading “Cooked Books”

Locked Out!

Monday, July 14, 2008 I packed my shoes, flashlight, and face mask in happy anticipation that we would finally be able to get into the Art and Music libraries. Once at the library I spent a little bit of time with staff. We continue to slowly get the preservation basement area back into some semblanceContinue reading “Locked Out!”