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The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 1

Agapanthus

For example, you borrow a book. It turns out to have a loose page. You decide to sellotape the page back in. You sellotape it in crooked, and then fold in the sticking-out bits of the page. Next time you open the book, the extra strain of the mis-taped page rips the page you stuck it to out of the binding as well. You repeat the sellotape experiment and THAT rips out the next page. And so on. Until you give up and return the book.

I can think of no other explanation for seven pages all stuck higgledy piggledy to each other (but not to the spine any more), and then carefully folded so as not to stick out beyond the book's margins.

Which took me nearly an hour to un-sellotape (with a scalpel and a bottle of solvent that smells like the Underworld, incidentally) before I could even so much as BEGIN to mend the rips and cracked spine. Dang those out-of-print top-of-reading-list items anyway.




The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 2

David B - Singing Librarian Owl

We put those items on 3-hour loan, so that we always know exactly who damaged them. smiley - evilgrin This week we've discovered loads of sports books where most of the index is missing. Why would anyone want to steal a book's index pages? smiley - silly


The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 3

Odo

If they're anything like some of our arogant sports lads they do it so that they're the only people who can find the information needed easily.

Personally I'd like to find the student responsible for removing the barcoads from every edition of a core text book we have in the library. smiley - grr


The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 4

Hypatia

We have quite a lot of damaged books returned as if nothing at all was wrong with them. Of course, being a public library, we have a different clinetel than you rarified university types. smiley - smiley

We get books dropped in bathtubs quite a bit. Totally ruined. Have to replace them. Then the last person who checked it out always sys it was like that when they checked it out. Right. Like we would reshelve a book in that condition.

And books chewed up by dogs. And books with cigarette burns. And kids books where the pages are stuck together with jam and peanut butter. smiley - cross


The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 5

Agapanthus

Book with pages stuck back together with... wait for it... this astonished me... GAFFER TAPE.

Blue gaffer tape.

With teeth marks.

Oy.


The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 6

Hypatia

smiley - yikes That's amazing. I haven't seen that one yet. Hope I never do.

Honestly, some people shouldn't be allowed in the same room with a book. smiley - cross


The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 7

David B - Singing Librarian Owl

That's just...well...awful.

David


The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 8

Odo

"Of course, being a public library, we have a different clinetel than you rarified university types."

I'm not in a university library, I'm in an FE College; it's a very different atmosphere. smiley - laugh

The bathtub thing reminds me of a very smiley - sheepish tutor bringing back a set of hill walking/map reading guides that he'd taken along on a weeks field trip to Scotland. A rucksack had become submerged during a river crossing and the resultant mess was returned to me with many apologies.

Luckily those books are very sturdy, and after drying and several weeks spent with a stanly knife they are perfectly useable again.

I haven't seen that tutor back in the library since though...


The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 9

Researcher 198131

What's worse is the books that come in with a very strong suspicious smell. Those get chucked straight away.

smiley - elf


The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 10

Agapanthus

Five pages fall out of a book. Some nana sellotapes them back into the book back to front, so what where the inside edges are now the outside edges.

Why?

Why why why why why?

I need a new scalpel. This one is getting blunt.


The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 11

healingmagichands

How about the arrogant violinist who went through the entire Violin concerto collection at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and removed every single violin solo part. You can't just buy the solo part, you have to buy the solo and the piano accompaniment. Several of the editions were out of print.


The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 12

David B - Singing Librarian Owl

What!?!? smiley - yikes I hope he or she was severely punished for such behaviour!


The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 13

Hypatia

smiley - yikes That is totally inexcusable. Good grief!


The many extraordinary ways in which a book gets damaged...

Post 14

healingmagichands

Unfortunately, we were never able to find out who did it. We had our suspicions, but not provable. The theft happened right around graduation time and was not discovered for several weeks because there was not a lot of use of the music library without students around. The perpetrator also hit the collection of violin sonatas, but not as severely. It appeared that either (s)he ran out of time or developed a conscience during the removal of the sonata parts.

Anyway, in order to reconstruct some of those violin parts, the ones that were out of print, we had to xerox the piano part, cut the violin part above the piano part out, blow it up so an instrumentalist could actually see it, and paste it onto another piece of paper and xerox that and construct a new violin part. It took months and months.

I'm sure there is a special level of hades reserved just for this person.


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