Library Binding Manual

Library Binding Manual

Library Binding Manual

Library Binding Manual

Excerpt

This is an elementary book on the binding and, to a lesser extent, the care and preservation of printed materials, including bound or unbound volumes of books, magazines, newspapers and miscellaneous unbound printed materials usually found in public, college, school and special libraries.

It attempts to give easily understood information on library binding procedures for those who have had little or no training or experience in the subject and to act as a refresher course for those with more experience or training in the work who have not been in charge of a library's binding recently. It is hoped that this Manual may serve as required reading (or possibly as a textbook) for library school students and as an aid in giving learners and apprentices in library binderies a better understanding of the industry and the binding needs of libraries.

It is based on the Minimum Specifications for Class "A" Library Binding, long in use by American libraries and the American library binding industry. It does not go in deeply for special bindings for library collections or for extra bindings for individual volumes. It is confined to minimum requirements for the ordinary run of books and other printed material usually found in the ordinary library collection.

This Manual is based on a manuscript on library binding begun in 1935, under the auspices of the first Joint Committee of the American Library Association and the Library Binding Institute, by two members of the Committee, Louis N. Feipel, later Chairman of the American Library Association Bookbinding Committee, and Joseph Ruzicka, a library binder of long experience. This manuscript has undergone repeated revisions since then and has had the benefit of criticism by and suggestions from many librarians and library binders.

In particular, mention should be made of the invaluable assistance of the late Pelham Barr, first and long-time Executive Director of the Library . . .

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