July 4th Library Water Leak

Written by: Bexx Caswell-Olson

Primary Source: Wallace Conservation Lab

tumblr_nr3g8m3oZ01u7ajq4o2_400 tumblr_nr3g8m3oZ01u7ajq4o1_400Books that got wet as a result of the leak on July 4th have been fanned out to dry in areas around the basement. Some have been frozen until we can get to them. We estimate that 3,500 to 4,000 books were affected by the flood. Some will be able to return the stacks in a day or so, others will have to be repaired or replaced. Some aisles on ground west remain closed while we work on getting the books dry, and the messed cleaned up. We hope that everything will be back to normal by the end of the week!

-Bexx

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Bexx Caswell-Olson
Before migrating to Michigan and beginning work at the MSU Libraries Wallace Conservation Lab, Bexx Caswell-Olson was employed as a bookbinder and book conservator in private practice in Iowa City, IA. Prior to running her own business, Bexx spent nearly a decade living in the Boston area where she worked in a variety of libraries and conservation labs, including those at Harvard and MIT. She is Vice President of the Guild of Book Workers, a national organization for those working in bookbinding, book conservation, and the book arts. Bexx holds a Certificate in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School and a Master’s of Library Science from Simmons College. In addition to her passion for bookbinding, Bexx also has an affinity for typography, bibliomysteries, seed bead weaving, and vegan baking.