As we discussed in yesterday’s post, book bindings can fail from physical trauma or just from age and gravity. Stains and spots can similarly happen all at once or creep up on you, literally growing in your stacks.
In an ideal world, each item in your library would be in perfect condition at all times, but normal wear and tear, leaks, and infestations of insects can hamper any library collection. When it comes time to review your library collections for repairs or deselection, it is important to keep an eye out for the many different types of damage that can occur to print media. Keep in mind that many of these problems won’t be apparent at first glance. Continue reading