A Sherlock Holmes Mystery: Shedding Light on the Case

Written by: Bexx Caswell-Olson

Primary Source: Wallace Conservation Lab, June 24, 2016

I am in the process of weeding the Conservation Lab’s reference library, and came across a VHS tape entitle “A Sherlock Holmes Mystery: Shedding Light on the Case”.  It has an accompanying booklet that details best practices for preparing items for exhibition.  Columbia Libraries (who produced the video) has put it up on YouTube.  If you have 17:49 to spare and don’t mind exceedingly terrible video quality and bad jokes, it’s worth a watch.The accompanying booklet is actually very helpful, but I can’t find a digital version to share.  If anyone knows of one, please let me know where I can find it!

Since MSU has a Museum Studies program, I am going to suggest that this item be catalogued and made part our permanent collection.

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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.