The May 15, 2018 Preservation Interest Group meeting on binding options was attended by 7 people representing a number of Capital District institutions.
Facilitators Ann C. Kearney and Karen E. Kiorpes, both from the University at Albany, began with a history of library binding. They discussed options for binding material, including using a commercial binder, doing procedures in-house, and hiring a conservator to bind fragile and valuable items. They also discussed supplies needed for doing binding work in-house.
The meeting concluded with a discussion of future topics for the group. No future meetings were scheduled. The facilitators and CDLC staff will develop a schedule and distribute to members.
Commercial binding was very competitive in the United States until about 2000. It was one of the first library preservation services. Sending to a bindery was cost effective and standardized so an easy service to use even if you do not know a lot about preservation and binding. Now only a handful of binderies left, so prices have gone up and response time is slower. However, binderies are now more willing to work with small places because they do no have huge serials contracts.
Obstacles to using commercial bindery:
Working with an independent book conservator;
Questions to ask conservators:
Doing work in-house