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Shelving books spine up

From: Gregor Trinkaus-Randall <gregor.trinkaus-randall>
Date: Thursday, December 10, 1998
Joseph Jones <jjones [at] unixg__ubc__ca> writes

>Can someone point me to standards, manuals, or guides to good
>practice that outline the harmfulness and undesirability of
>placing/shelving books with the spine upward?

Although I cannot point to any written literature specifically, one
only needs to spend some time wandering around the stacks of
libraries to see the damage that occurs to volumes that have been
shelved spine up.  Gravity does its thing, and these volumes
definitely show the results.

Gregor Trinkaus-Randall
Collection Management/Preservation Specialist
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
648 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215-2070
617-267-9400, 800-952-7403 (in-state)
Fax: 617-421-9833

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