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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Lee Ann Larson

Page address: http://lib.mnsu.edu/about/staff/larson/displays.html

Lee Ann Larson, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Book Preservation displays

I have a variety of damaged books and will display them with a statement as to the problem, as given below. A patron is then reminded how important it is to care for them.

"PROBLEM BOOK" "DISPLAYED SATEMENT"
An art book with the art plates removed. Removing art pictures is vandalism
A warped book. Books may start to mold and buckle within 48 hours after getting wet.
A book with the top of the spine pulled off. Please remove books from the shelf carefully, grab them by the center of the spine and pull out gently.
Pop ring stain on the cover. Dirt, dust, and food or drink can cause permanent staining on library materials.
Yellowed pages from scotch tape repair. Scotch tape will destroy paper quality in time.
Book cover bent and broken in half. Be fair to others: Don't mutilate library materials.
Bent corners on pages. Please use bookmarks instead of folding page corner.
Pages ripped and removed. Be fair to others, leave pages intact. Copies cost you cents- Replacement costs all of us dollars.
Paper clips will tear pages; please use bookmarks. Paper clips and tear pages; please

Other BOOK PRESERVATION DISPLAY IDEAS
By Lee Ann Larson
Minnesota State University, Mankato

1. Like many schools, there is a Statement of Students Responsibilities or Conduct Code.

  • Display it with a note - Defacing library books is violation of "Student Conduct" Policy.

2. Display new book jackets with a note -

  • "THE MORE WE SEND ON BOOK REPAIRS, THE LESS WE HAVE FOR NEW BOOKS."

3. Display the statement " MINNESOTA STATUS section 609.541, Subdivision 1 -Damage to library materials". A person who intentionally, and without permission from library personnel, damages any books, maps, pictures, manuscripts, films, or other property of any public library or library belonging to the state or to any political subdivision is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.

  • Indicate maximum penalty is $200.00 in Minnesota for a petty misdemeanor.

4. Display a picture of students who have graduated. Then have a sign that reads: PLEASE HELP US PRESERVE LIBRARY MATERIALS FOR OTHERS TO USE LONG AFTER YOU GRADUATE!