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Re: [BKARTS] Cotton gloves : an alternative.

Sometimes the gloves are not just to protect the book from skin oils
and salts (and water) and dirt, but are to protect the handler's
hands from dirt from the books.

If you need a grip, latex or some non-PVC plastic/rubber gloves
(medical gloves) were suggested over on Museum-L.

---Amy West

Date:    Thu, 6 Jan 2005 11:19:34 -0500
From:    Philip Zimmermann <pzimmermann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Cotton gloves : an alternative.
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I expected her to require all the students to don the ubiquitous white
cotton gloves which was (and is) standard procedure for viewers. Instead she
asked that all the students go into the restroom and wash their hands well
with soap and water. Anne explained that they had discovered that many of
their books were being damaged by visitors when they used cotton gloves
since it is so hard to feel and turn pages when wearing them. In many cases,
she said, pages were getting "half-moon" kinks from people trying to
separate the individual pages so that the next leaf could be turned.

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