Mansfield Library Preservation Department

View of the Department

The Mansfield Library’s Preservation Department sustains the library’s mission to support and strengthen teaching, learning, and research, by preserving collections and the information they contain in usable and accessible formats.  Working at all times to meet national standards and best practice guidelines for preservation, the Preservation Department prolongs the life of the Library’s collections through restorative and preventative treatments, reformatting, and addressing environmental issues and disaster planning.

What We Do

Various book pressesOur department is responsible for the care and repair of the circulating collection as well as items in special collections and archives that need minor treatment or rehousing.  We provide services in order to improve storage conditions of the collections including environmental monitoring, emergency preparedness and disaster recovery.

Treatments range from simple quick fixes to more complex procedures.  Some of our treatments include:

  • paper mends
  • comb binding
  • four-fold enclosures
  • pamphlet binding
  • encapsulation
  • resewing textblocks
  • new case construction
  • split board binding
  • board tacketing
  • clamshell box construction

Our Facilities

Tool wall

We work with a variety of equipment, both modern and traditional.  Much of what we do is hand-work, often employing tools borrowed from other crafts such as leather or woodworking. Some types of equipment include board shears, nipping press, standing press, job backer, guillotine, lying press.

In accordance with AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice, we strive to follow best possible methods for treatment and preventative conservation.