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Re: Shrink-wrapping library materials?? John Lucas 24 Sep 2008 15:58 UTC

Your initial message indicates binding?  Are you talking about journal issues or are these other kinds of materials.

 In any case, consider the shrink Wrapping material itself.  Most are highly acidic and the tight contact with the paper might possibly accelerate the disintigration process.

John Lucas

Serials Librarian
University of Mississippi Medical Center
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>>> Ian Woodward <iwoodward@MAIL.COLGATE.EDU> 9/24/2008 7:17 AM >>>
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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-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [] On Behalf Of Pennington, Buddy D.
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 5:53 PM
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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