Re: In-house binding Susan Andrews 23 Jun 2005 19:14 UTC
Since you are referring to miscellaneous materials, I am taking that to mean that you are not referring to your regular periodicals. If that is the case, yes, we do some in-house binding. We have 3 different, and quite easy to use machines. The one machine was probably the best buy that we have made. Everyone likes it. It is a spiral binding machine. We use plastic combs (there are some that use metal, but I think that the metal tears up the pages faster) and the machine punches the holes and holds the combs open for us. The advantage to this machine is that when people go to copy something, the item that we have bound this way opens fully and lies flat on the copier. Or if you are binding something like a music book, it is ideal, because it will, again, lie flat and stay open to the page you are playing from. The only disadvantages are that the combs give out or break sometimes (but they are inexpensive and easy to replace) and sometimes the holes in the paper give out. We have various solutions for the second problem - if it is the first or last page, we might laminate it and punch new holes, or if it it is several pages, we might trim the edges and punch new holes, if the margins allow. That is another point that I should make. It is easier for us to use all 3 of our machines because we own a hydraulic chopper which allows us to trim the edges of a book uniformly and in one swipe. One more disadvantage of the spiral binder is that it really isn't a good idea to bind something that is more than 1 1/2" - 2" thick (if you can even find a comb bigger than that). We also have a velobind machine, but we don't use it very much since we went to spiral binding. This works best for thin items that are not likely to get a lot of use or be copied much (it breaks the binding when you try to make it lie flat). Our last machine looked good, but doesn't do that great a job. It is a Uni-bind machine. Basically, it is supposed to put a thin layer of glue down the spine (sort-of like with a paperback binding), but it is extremely difficult to catch all of the pages with the glue, no matter how careful you are. All of the machines are very easy to operate. We frequently will use pamphlet covers with the first two machines, if the original cover is gone or doesn't look up to the task, although we also frequently laminate the original covers to give them some longevity. I would not really recommend any of these for even temporary periodical binding. If you want more details, feel free to get in touch we me. Hope this helps, Susan Andrews At 10:53 AM 6/23/2005 -0400, you wrote: >Does anyone have experience with in-house binding? We are thinking >binding some of our miscellaneous materials in the library instead >of sending them out to our commercial bindery. Any info on >equipment, labor, savings...would be appreciated. > > >_____________________________________________________________________________________ >Jeff Flynn Tel: (617) 305-1603 >Serials/Bibliographic Control Librarian Fax: (617) 723-3164 >Suffolk University Law Library Email: email@example.com >120 Tremont St. >Boston, MA 02108 >_____________________________________________________________________________________ Susan Andrews Head, Serials Librarian Texas A&M University-Commerce P.O. Box 3011 Commerce, TX 75429-3011 Susan_Andrews@tamu-commerce.edu (903)886-5733 "Your Success Is Our Business"