Updated August 2022 by Sam Fraleigh
What to Put on the Conservation Shelf: Library West and Marston Science Library
Library West and Marston Science Library require that sound discs, CD-ROMs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs be placed in separate, barcoded cases. Items with this type of media are never sent to Preservation solely because of the non-print accompanying media.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The following treatments only apply to new, previously unused items, or items already containing conservation slips filled out by the selector (these will primarily be gifts). New policy states that all older/used items should be cataloged and sent to their owning locations regardless of their condition. If unsure about an item, please check with your supervisor.
|Item, type of item or situation||Description of material||Use a
Soft cover publication with 50 or less pages
Slip errata piece inside the cover – if worried it might fall out, place book in an envelope. Avoid paperclips if possible.
|Loose pages||Completely loose pages, pages in a three ring binder||Yes||Yes|
|Weak spiral binding||Flat "Comb" spirals, or "Velo" bindings (items with sturdy plastic or metal spirals no longer need to go to Conservation)||Yes||Yes|
|Stapled binding||Staples may be covered; please check for staples. (Check with supervisor or Conservation first if over 50 pages - uncommon)||Yes||Yes|
|Needs repair||Item has significant damage - Brittle, pages coming loose, cover badly torn, etc.||Yes||Yes|
|Soft cover volume with media||In the event that the item has an audio cassette, 3 1/2 floppy disk, phonograph record, or other media not listed above, check with your supervisor.||Yes||Yes|
|Hard cover volume with loose media||In the event that the item has an audio cassette, 3 1/2 floppy disk, phonograph record, or other media not listed above, check with your supervisor.||Yes||Yes|
*If one of the above categories comes with supplemental media, place print document on Binding Shelf, while placing media on appropriate processing shelf. The print document and media do NOT need to stay together.
When an item in one of the above categories is a RUSH item, do NOT place it on the binding shelf.