On Thursday, March 6, 2014, I taught a Basic Book Repair Workshop at the Moye Library of Mt. Olive College in Mt. Olive, NC. The workshop was sponsored by the NC Preservation Consortium (NCPC). Mt. Olive College is a small, church-sponsored college and they have some of the same collection interests as does ZSR Special Collections and Archives Baptist Historical Collection. The school holds a collection of their religious newspaper, called the Free Will Baptist Advocate, which, like The Biblical Recorder, has roots in the 19th century.
The workshop was attended by library staff from Campbell University, UNC Wilmington, Davidson, Forsyth County Public Library, ECU, and Mt. Olive College. I am always amazed at howe eager many libraries are for basic information and skills on how they can repair and maintain their collections. It is rewarding to teach these workshops and get this positive response.
We spent the day learning how to tip-in loose pages, use heat-set tissue to repair paper tears, tear and use Japanese paper to repair loose hinges, and replace damaged spines. At the end of the day, we repaired many of the books the attendees brought from their home libraries. This was a fun and useful wrap-up of the day. All-in-all, this was a great workshop.