|Title:||Binding: A Librarian's View
|Author(s):||Henderson, William T.
|Subject(s):||Serials control systems
|Abstract:||There are two valid reasons for binding serials: preservation and
convenience. Other reasons may be given or may be apparent at times, such as
the prestige derived from a complete bound run of a particular title, or inertia
which allows continued binding of unneeded materials rather than weeding
out copies and titles no longer within the scope of a .collection. In most of
the larger libraries there probably are examples of binding for both of these
reasons, and others also; but, for the most part, the majority of our serials are
working stock, not show stock, and they must earn their care and space. Most
of what is bound is done so in order to preserve it for future use and to make
it more convenient for present use.
By preservation I really mean two things; and, although I was taught
that one should not use a word in its own definition, I really must use the
word preservation again in defining it here. We must simultaneously preserve
materials on two levels or fronts. On the one hand I mean preservation in the
sense of keeping or saving from harm, but in its second and more specific
meaning, I would like to link preservation to the word permanent as it is used
by the paper chemists and book conservators. Permanent paper is paper which
is so chemically constituted that it will retain the major part of its original
strength and other attributes over a long period of time 300 years or more.
Papers with this capability are made of well-purified cellulose fibers held in a
solution which is nearly neutral or slightly alkaline, which tests very near a pH
of 7 on the chemists' scale for measuring acidity or alkalinity. Paper of this
kind will last a long time, especially when it contains small amounts of a mild
alkaline compound which will buffer acid compounds deriving from the
atmosphere, ink or other sources. Materials printed on such papers must be
bound to take advantage of this.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In W.C. Allen (ed). 1969. Serial publications in large libraries. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 95-107.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (16th : 1969)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1969.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-17