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ALCTS to Sponsor Institute on Library Binding, Los Angeles, 1999 Karen Muller 16 Nov 1998 17:15 UTC

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
(ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section will sponsor a regional
institute titled "New Directions in Library Binding" to be held in Los
Angeles, March 11-12, 1999.  The registration deadline is February 24,

This institute is designed to train library staff in the
administrative and operational functions of a library binding program.
 Supervisors of serials, technical services, binding, and preservation
units will find the curriculum most useful.

Increasing numbers of librarians are beginning to recognize that the
careful, appropriate binding and rebinding of books and serials are
key elements in preserving their collections.  As the profession faces
the accelerating deterioration of acidic paper, the damaging effects
of photocopying, and the declining quality of many publishers'
bindings, it becomes clear that library bindings must be not only
strong, but also flexible. This institute will assess binding methods
available under the Library Binding Institute Standard for Library
Binding (8th ed.); provide information on the new draft ANSI/NISO/LBI
Standard for Library Binding; offer hands-on instruction in choosing
binding methods; outline criteria for establishing library
specifications for particular binding tasks; describe simple repair
techniques that can buttress your library binding program, and outline
options for volumes that cannot or should not be bound; and offer
recommendations for reorienting and enhancing your library binding

The institute includes eight plenary sessions, each with time for
questions and discussion.  Small group practica will train attendees
to make binding decisions and manage quality control operations.  The
documentary film "Library Binding: A Shared Responsibility, A
Collaborative Effort" will be shown.  An optional tour of the
Kater-Crafts Bookbinders in nearby Pico Rivera on Saturday, March 13,
1999 will allow participants to observe some of the methods and
practices discussed in the institute and will help your staff evaluate
the work of binders.

The faculty includes: Sally Moyer (Library Binding Institute), Paul
Parisi (Acme Bookbinding Company), Fritz James (Library Binding
Service), Lynn Jones (University of California (Berkeley)), Wesley
Boomgaarden (Ohio State University), Carol Eyler (South St. Paul (MN)
Public Library), and Thomas Clareson (AMIGOS Bibliographic Council).

Registration fees for the institute are $195 for ALCTS members, $245
for ALA members, and $280 for non-members.  The fee for the optional
bindery tour is $35, which must be paid at the time of registration.
For registration information contact Yvonne McLean at 800/545-2433,
ext. 5032 or e-mail An electronic brochure with
registration form is also available on the ALCTS web site,

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

-- Karen Muller
   Executive Director, LAMA/ALCTS
   50 E. Huron Street
   Chicago, IL 60611 USA
   800-545-2433 x5031
   312-280-5031 (direct line)
   fax: 312-280-5033