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UI Libraries receives Carver grant to renovate exhibition space

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 In April, the University of Iowa Libraries was awarded $500,000 by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust in support of the renovation of the Main Library Exhibition Space. Very exciting news! Our current space was constructed in 1951 and has not changed much since then. Over the years, using the spaceContinue reading “UI Libraries receives Carver grant to renovate exhibition space”

Dealing With A Small Pipe Leak

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 We had a small pipe leak and were lucky that it happened in the day. We covered the books with plastic and were able to shut the water off quickly. Jessica Rogers and Cassandra Elton wiped the shelves, including the lip, starting from the top and working to the bottom. IfContinue reading “Dealing With A Small Pipe Leak”

An Ailing Herbal Comes to Conservation Lab

This book first came to the attention of Martin Rare Book Librarian Donna Hirst when a patron requested to see some of the herbals in the collection. The poor book had been overlooked, though at one time it appears to have seen a lot if use. Or maybe just a lot of neglect. Donna HirstContinue reading “An Ailing Herbal Comes to Conservation Lab”

Linda Lundy’s Incredible Boxes

Linda Lundy, a conservation staff member, has just finished¬†over 300 beautiful, small boxes for book storage use. These boxes were made to hold a variety of small books for the university’s main collection; anywhere from poems to storybooks, even spanish to english translation dictionaries. The boxes were measured and designed specifically for shelving within theContinue reading “Linda Lundy’s Incredible Boxes”

It’s A Clover Mite!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 The “bug guy” stopped by this morning. It is, indeed, a clover mite. Had we just consulted our marking/binding supervisor, Deb, we could have skipped consulting with our pest control contractor. When I told her about the clover mite, she said, “oh, yeah, my grandkids love them. They like to squishContinue reading “It’s A Clover Mite!”

It Might Be a Mite

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 We had a little bit of excitement this afternoon. A student worker had a small red mite fall out of a book he was processing. We called the “bug” guy who will visit us tomorrow. We’re hoping it’s a clover mite. Apparently, they are plentiful this year. The clover mite doesContinue reading “It Might Be a Mite”

A Typical Day of Flood Recovery Work

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 I checked in with the conservation lab staff this morning. I happened to have my camera with me and thought you might like to have a snapshot of a typical day. This is the activity I captured at 10AM this morning. While the ledger from the Johnson County Historical Society driesContinue reading “A Typical Day of Flood Recovery Work”

Richard Smith Provides Freeze Dryer Training

Monday, March 2, 2009 Dick Smith, the inventor of the Wei T’o Book Freeze Dryer and Insect Exterminator, after checking all the controls to make sure they had survived the trip, spent the day training us on how to use the freezer. The first step is to set the controls to freeze the books. OnceContinue reading “Richard Smith Provides Freeze Dryer Training”

Kraft Receives Midwest Archives Conference Presidents’ Award

Thursday, February 26, 2009 This morning at 8:30 I received the following email. Imagine my surprise! For years I’ve been a strong advocate for the preservation of all types of collections, including library, museum, manuscripts, and archives. I’ve spent time learning about the issues, organization, and language unique to each collection type. It’s really greatContinue reading “Kraft Receives Midwest Archives Conference Presidents’ Award”

Bringing In Book Freeze Dryer No Small Task

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 We’ve been eagerly awaiting our new book freeze dryer, especially since our old one is on its last leg AND we have lots of frozen art books waiting to be dried out. It took 2 hours to get the Wei T’o Hussmann freeze dryer in place. The book freezer weighs 1730Continue reading “Bringing In Book Freeze Dryer No Small Task”