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Re: Relabeling buckram bindings John Lucas 24 Jun 2005 20:10 UTC

Hello all:

Check with your bindery.   They should have some solvent that will
remove the lettering with a little rubbing (We use a q-tip)   That way,
you do not wear into the actual buckram.   It will also take away a
little of the color of the buckram but not much.

Then you could go ahead and use the correcting tape (not familiar with

By the way Lucy, how is the weather up there?  I used to at MCO.  Is it
now called MUO??

>>> LDuhon@UTNET.UTOLEDO.EDU 06/23/05 04:09PM >>>
Hi Donna,

A few years ago we wanted to tackle this problem as well, so we
an electric stylus and a roll of (white) "thermal" tape (or "transfer
foil"? I think it's called).  (We already had an electric eraser.)
a bit of background, most of our journal volumes are bound in brown
buckram with white lettering.)

For spines that need to be corrected, we erase the incorrect
(taking care not to wear off too much of the buckram's color, but just
enough to remove the stamped foil lettering).  After erasing, we cut
a strip of "thermal tape" and place it (chalky side down) onto the
spine, then carefully hand-write in the correct information, pressing
firmly onto the tape.  (Note: I use bits of Scotch tape to hold the
strip of "thermal tape" in place while I write).  Also, it's important
to let the stylus heat up completely before attempting lettering
(otherwise you end up with a mess).  The hotter the stylus is, the
smoothly and quickly the writing transfers onto the spine.

- Lucy.

Lucy Duhon
Serials Librarian
Carlson Library/Serials Dept.
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH  43606

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(419) 530-2838
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-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Donna Bennett
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 12:10 PM
Subject: [SERIALST] Relabeling buckram bindings

We have a substantial number of older periodicals that were bound back
in the days of latest entry cataloging.  So the title stamped on these
bindings isn't always the actual title of what's inside.  We shelve
periodicals by title, so it's rather important that the correct title
on the spine.  In the past, we've typed the correct title on a white
label and covered the stamped title on the binding.  However, this
very attractive and I'd like to come up with a better solution.  If
money wasn't an issue, I'd have the bindery relabel them, but I need
do this on a limited budget.

Any suggestions?

Thanks much,


John Lucas

Serials Librarian
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State St
Jackson, MS 39216-4505

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