Book Repair Survey
Circulating Collections

Conducted March 1996
(96 libraries responding)

Clara Keyes

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Survey Questionnaire

Posted to Conservation DistList

Date: 19 Feb 96
From: Clara Keyes <c.keyes@morehead-st.edu>
Subject: Book repair survey

Book Repair in Circulating Collections

Please forward the attached survey to the appropriate person in your
organization. Results of this survey will be used for a presentation
for the annual meeting of the Ohio Valley Group of Technical
Services Librarians (OVGTSL). Please respond by April 1, 1996.

To respond via e-mail, choose reply or forward. Either will allow
you to edit the survey. Enter you answers by typing an X or other
response in the blank, or by typing an X next to the best response.
Return the form to me at c.keyes@morehead-st.edu, or print, mark,
and mail the form if you prefer. My mailing address appears at the
end of the survey.

Thank you for your participation.

Survey Results

1. Do personnel in your library perform routine book repairs in-house?

yes

no

100%

 

2. How many FTE workers in your library perform book repair?

0-2

69.8%

3-5

22.9%

6-10

5.2%

more than 10

2.1%

Of these, how many FTE workers are:

 

0-2

3-5

more than 5

3. full- or part-time staff

82.3%

12.5%

5.2%

4. students

85.4%

10.5%

4%

 

0

1

2 or more

5. volunteers

85.4%

11.5%

3.1%

6. Have any of the book repair staff received training in preservation repairs from any source?

yes

no

86.5%

12.5%

If yes, where?

7. SOLINET, AMIGOS, or other similar agency

19.8%

8. formal courses or apprenticeship

14.6%

9. NEH-funded conservation technician training

27.1%

10. in-house training conducted by qualified trainer

60.4%

11. training videos or manuals (Milevski, Morrow, Johns Hopkins, etc)

60.4%

12. other (describe)

30.2%
Most listed workshops sponsored by local or regional consortia, private in-house workshops, etc

13. Which department in your library is responsible for routine book repair?

cataloging/tech svcs

31.3%

preservation

35.4%

bindery or book repair unit

9.4%*

other (specify)

24%**

On a scale of 1-5, with 1 being never and 5 being very frequently, how often is each of the following repairs/procedures is performed by your library staff in-house? (Mark 6 if the procedure is not done in-house)

 

Percentage that marked 4 or 5

14. constructing pamphlet binders

14.6%

15. sewing/stapling pamphlets into pre-made binders

36.5%

16. paperback reinforcement/binding

29.2% marked 4 or 5

17. covering paperbacks with plastic laminate

23%

18. spine repair, replacement

71.5%

19. end sheet replacement

40.6

20. hinge repair

72.5%

21. recasing, rebinding (hardcover books)

28.1%

22. page repair (tears)

67.7%

23. page replacement (tip-ins)

71.9%

24. protective enclosures (boxes, slipcases, etc)

34.4%

25. other (please describe)

9.4%
(mostly mylar encapsulation, shrink wrapping, resewing signatures)

Which of the following materials do your staff routinely use for book repair? (check all that apply)

26. book repair (Demco) tape

43.8%

27. self-adhesive (Scotch) tape

21.9%

28. archival (Filmoplast) tape

64.6%

29. book cloth (buckram)

76%

30. PVA adhesive

82.3%

31. methyl cellulose

44.8%

32. wheat paste

46.9%

33. rubber cement or glue

15.6%

34. hot melt glue

12.5%

35. hinge tape (pre-glued, vinyl, paper, or cloth)

37.5%

36. tyvek

37.5%

37. staples

36.5%

38. linen or cotton thread

63.5%

39. cloth spine liners (super)

61.5%

40. acid-free papers

72.9%

41. Japanese papers

57.3%

42. heat-set tissue

32.3%

43. binder board or barrier board

54.2%

44. self-adhesive laminating film

28.1%

45. other (examples)

15.6%
examples include mylar, shrink-wrap, bristol board

46. Approximately how many repairs per week do your staff perform?

fewer than 25

50%

25-49

17.7%

50-99

13.5%

100 or more

18.8%

47. Please estimate length of turnaround time for average item repaired in-house:

1-3 days

17.7%

4-6 days

17.7%

7-10 days

17.7%

11-14 days

14.6%

more than 2 weeks

32.3%

48. Do you have a back-log in your repair unit?

yes

no

66.7%

 

49. If yes, please estimate the number of items in the repair back-log:

fewer than 25

22.9%

25-49

8.3%

50-99

13.5%

100 or more

25%

50. Does your library send any books to be repaired outside the library?

yes

no

83.3%

 

If yes, to where: (check all that apply)

51. library bindery (e.g. Heckman, Bridgeport, Acme)

79.2%

52. BookLab or other preservation services provider

18.8%

53. regional or centralized repair center/cooperative

4.2%

54. private conservator or conservation technician

14.6%

Which of the following repairs/procedures usually be performed by persons outside the library? (check all that apply)

55. constructing pamphlet binders

13.5%

56. sewing/stapling pamphlets into binders

5.2%

57. paperback reinforcement/binding

38.5%

58. covering paperbacks

12.5%

59. spine repair, replacement

11.5%

60. recasing, rebinding (hardcover books)

80.2%

61. end sheet replacement

9.4%

62. page repair (tears)

4.2%

63. page replacement (tip-ins)

4.2%

64. protective enclosures (boxes, slipcases)

37.5%

65. other (describe)

10.4%
mostly preservation photocopying, some conservation treatment on special items

66. Please indicate your library type:

Research

13.5%

University

43.8%

College

30.2%

Public

5.2%

Special

7.5%

Other (specify)

 

67. Please indicate approximate number of monographs in circulating collection:

0-999

 

1,000-49,999

8.3%

50,000-99,999

11.5%

100,000-249,999

11.5%

250,000-499,999

21.9%

500,000-999,999

14.6%

1,000,000 or more

32.3%

Thank you for your interest in the book repair survey, and thanks again to all those who participated!

Clara Keyes
Camden-Carroll Library
Morehead State University
Morehead, KY 40351
606-783-5122
Fax: 606-783-2799
c.keyes@morehead-st.edu

Notes

*many specified that the book repair unit was part of the preservation dept, so preservation was marked

**other was frequently circulation, serials, or special collections


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