Re: Shrink-wrapping library materials?? Ian Woodward 24 Sep 2008 12:17 UTC

I suppose it would have an advantage of keeping dust off the materials.  Of course you would have to have a device on hand that would re-wrap them upon return and when you remove shrink-wrap there is always the possibility you will damage the item in question.  Our institution bound and coded a large mass of material over a two year period in preparation for its deposit in just such a facility, so it can be done.  The whole process took less than four man-years.  I did somewhat under half the work and we were able to hire two temporary clerks who were here for a year.  Two other employees pitched in.  IW

I.  Woodward
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Colgate University Libraries
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Subject: [SERIALST] Shrink-wrapping library materials??

Hi all,

We are getting ready to prepare large numbers of materials for an automated storage and retrieval system.  We were looking at using shrink-wrapping as an alternative to binding.  Do any of you have any experience with shrink-wrapping library materials (either in-house or with a vendor).  If so, any caveats or recommendations?

Buddy Pennington

Serial Acquisitions Librarian

University of Missouri - Kansas City

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Kansas City, MO  64110

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