What exactly is Technical Services? Head of the department Anne is here to help you understand with an outline of her typical day.
Hardcover and paperback books don’t last forever, especially when they are well-loved and fall apart – literally – but don’t despair, the library can put the pieces back together again!
The Technical Services staff assess materials needing repair and utilize three main components: glue, tape, and a helpful machine called Cover One. This machine heats the book glue and helps adhere pages back onto the spine. The machine can also bind materials in-house, transforming loose-leave pages instantly into a bound volume.
Book repair preserves library treasures, saves resources, and returns your favorites back to the shelves (almost) as good as new!
Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes to get materials ready for our shelves? Here’s a peek into the life of a book as it’s physically processed in the Technical Services department.
When new materials arrive, Technical Services staff physically process items to protect them and extend their lives on our shelves. Those colorful and informative book jackets on hardcover books are covered with plastic, protecting them from moisture, so you can enjoy the book design AND its contents! Paperbacks are covered in a thicker plastic to prevent bends and rips and to strengthen them for standing straight on the shelves.
After covers are secured, staff construct labels with collection and call number information so materials can be shelved…
The Technical Services Department acquires, catalogs and processes library materials including books, dvds and even toys and puzzles. This process involves 1) providing a record in the library’s online catalog so the item can be searched and identified and 2) creating a call number and label so the item can be physically shelved in an organized manner for easy access.
Did you know there are puzzles, dolls and even cake pans available to check out with a library card? Peruse the Library of Things – there’s something for everyone!
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