Primary Source: Wallace Conservation Lab, March 7, 2018
We’d really love a fancy pants humidification dome, but we don’t have the space or the funds for something like that. A recent donation was delivered in large Rubbermaid bins. Once emptied and cleaned, I cut a hole in the side to make a port for the hose connected to our ultrasonic humidifier. I can pump in moist air, allowing rolled posters and documents to relax enough to be unrolled safely. It looks little funky, but it gets the job done! #equipmenthack #humidification #paperconservation #librarypreservation #specialcollections (at MSU Libraries)
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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.