Salvaging Wet Books

Earlier this month, the MSU Libraries’ Disaster Response Committee practiced our procedures for salvaging wet books.  We took advantage of the nice weather to get outside, get some books wet, and then do our best to salvage them (don’t worry, we used withdrawn materials!). Eric Alstrom, Head of Preservation and Conservation, showed us how to …

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GIS. For the rest of us.

  Amanda Tickner, the new map librarian, lead the workshop This week I went to a workshop at the MSU Library titled “Making a choropleth map with graduated symbols,” mainly because the only word I understood in the title was “map.” The workshop was led by Amanda Tickner, the new map librarian and knower of all …

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17th Century Bacteria?

  Nine months ago, we posted about these jars of water (http://msulconservationlab.tumblr.com/post/108193028342/this-row-of-jars-shows-how-much-discoloration) which hold samples from each subsequent washing of a book printed in the 1600s (http://catalog.lib.msu.edu/record=b2150582~S23a). I was making my merry way through the lab the other day when I noticed something growing in Jar 1. GROWING, you guys.  I fear we have awakened an ancient …

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Catching Fugitives with Zotero

When you think ‘fugitive’, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a criminal on the run from the law. In the world of government documents, however, the term ‘fugitive’ has a totally different meaning. Libraries participating in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) receive federal government publications from the Government Publishing Office (GPO). …

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