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 near items of a similar topic, reading level or author. Genre information – like mystery or science fiction/fantasy for adult fiction, and Disney movie or holiday in children’s fiction – are also secured to the spine of the book, which gives you extra information as you browse the shelves.