“Drawn the Road Again” – Unique Places Visited by Tacoma Artist Chandler O’Leary

CollinsDoors_ChandlerThanks to Chandler – Illustrator, letterer(erer) and entrepreneur living and working in Tacoma, the Collins Memorial Library will soon receive a print of it’s welcoming doors from her illustrated travel blog.

Chandler has been a big part of enriching our library exhibits over the years. You may have seen Chandler’s pictures of Mount Rainier in the library’s Rocking Chair Room as part of her 2011 exhibit, “Local Conditions“, which captured scenes of the changing faces of our beloved mountain. Also in the Northwest Reading Room by the window is “Tugboat Thea“,  a hand-lettered and carved linoleum block print featuring a quote by Thea Foss, Tacoma business pioneer and inspiration for “Tugboat Annie”. (Created as a collaboration between Chandler O’Leary of Anagram Press and Jessica Spring of Springtide Press.) The library also featured her 2009 exhibit “To the Letter – A Solo Exhibit of the Work of Chandler O’Leary“.

 

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“Buck: A Memoir” By M.K. Asante

BuckA coming-of-age story about navigating the wilds of urban America and the shrapnel of a self-destructing family, Buck shares the story of a generation through one original and riveting voice.

Check out this book that was deemed “A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style” in the Popular Reading Collection!

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Dylan Harvey Wins Library Art Award 2015

1.) "Toaster", 2015, 2.) "Timer", 2015, 3.) "Clock Radio", 2015, Crushed appliances and mounted digital print

1.) “Toaster”, 2015, 2.) “Timer”, 2015, 3.) “Clock Radio”, 2015, Crushed appliances and mounted digital print

Dylan Harvey, a graduating studio art major, is the 2015 recipient of the 13th annual Library Art Award for his series of crushed appliances. The selection was based on a number of factors, including originality, creativity, content integration, craftsmanship, and viewer engagement. Congratulations, Dylan!

Artist’s Statement:
“What is valuable? Packaging creates an illusion of perpetuity and attempts to elicit an emotional response in the consumer. I incorporate the satisfaction of buying something new and full of potential, immediately with the degradation of the object’s value at the end of its useful life. I emphasize the fleeting moments of the object’s novelty by juxtaposing crushed common household items with pristine packaging.”

-Dylan Harvey

Comments from the Judges:
“The smashed appliances evoke an primal response…novel integration of domesticity and art…provides insights into how consumers respond to products when the packaging has changed…takes an object that has outlived its usefulness and repurposes it…raises questions about waste and overconsumption…explores the role of packaging in consumer behavior…the background digital print helps the viewer situate the object within its environment.”

About the Judges:

Hilary Robbeloth is a Metadata Librarian at Collins Library.
Jada Pelger
is the Information Resources Coordinator at Collins Library.
Jamie Spaine
is Administrative Coordinator at Collins Library.
Lori Ricigliano
is the Associate Director for User Services at Collins Library.

 

 

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From the Archives: Preservation Week’s Tape

CALLOUT_PreservWkMAY1It’s preservation week! An entire week dedicated to discussing the concerns and solutions regarding preservation of rare books and unique collections. Here in the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Puget Sound, we’ll be showing you some common preservation concerns, highlighting our own collections.

Tape:

In the case of rare book conservation, adhesives utilized have some important criteria to meet. They must be of sufficient strength (maintaining adhesion for an indefinite period), have no tendency to discolor the paper to which it is applied (stains, yellowing, or darkening), and be reversible to assure its removal with no damage to the book. Good examples of adhesive that meets these criteria is starch-based paste, used for centuries by Japanese scroll mounters, or a pressure-sensitive paper-based tape with acrylic adhesive. Yet it is all too common that we encounter commercialized tapes holding pages together. Not only do these tapes cause staining over time, while requiring toxic solvents to remove, but they most definitely damage the materials they are “repairing”. In the case of this poor book (see above), we find a commercialized duct-tape to be the culprit.

Sources:

https://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/7.-conservation-procedures/7.1-guidelines-for-library-binding

https://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/7.-conservation-procedures/7.3-repairing-paper-artifacts

By Monica Patterson

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Preservation Week: From the Archives: Mounting Photographs

CALLOUT_PreservWkAPR30It’s preservation week! An entire week dedicated to discussing the concerns and solutions regarding preservation of rare books and unique collections. Here in the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Puget Sound, we’ll be showing you some common preservation concerns, highlighting our own collections.

Mounting Photographs:

Since photographs are often thin and flimsy, they can be mounted on mats to increase their durability and protect them from dust, dirt, and fingerprints. The standard mounting procedure includes a “sandwich” made of a backboard and a window that encloses the photo, made with acid-free paper, appropriate adhesives (usually a starch-based paste, never glue), backing or spacers for the photo, and “glazing” (something like Plexiglas or acrylic). The least possible amount of these things should touch the photo itself. The following is an example of how not to mount a photo: the photo is crooked and glued to the paper backing, the glue is not starch-based (you can tell by the discoloration around the top and left sides), there’s a hole in the photo itself, the backing is taped to a piece of cardboard, everything is creased, and there’s no window or glazing to protect the photograph.

Sources:

https://www.nedcc.org/free-resources/preservation-leaflets/4.-storage-and-handling/4.10-matting-and-framing-for-art-and-artifacts-on-paper

By Morgan Ford

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Get ready for 24/7! Laptop Locks are Available at the Circ Desk!

CALLOUT_24-7_LaptopLocksCollins Library wants you prepared for Finals Week!

The library hours during that period will be:

May 3 – 5 Sun – Tues 9 a.m. – Open 24 Hours
May 10 – 14 Sun – Thur 9 a.m. – Open 24 Hours
May 15 Fri Closing 6 p.m.

The Circulation Desk has laptop locks to check out for 6 hours and 1 renewal. So you can rest easy knowing your property is safe.

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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel By Anthony Doerr

LightWeCannotSeeThis novel tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both overcome personal obstacles and try to survive the devastation of World War II.  The highly acclaimed author, Anthony Doerr, uses multiple characters’ viewpoints to illustrate the way war affects lives.  It is beautifully written and a memorable read.

This book was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, announced April 20!  Put it at the top of your summer reading list. It’s that good.

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From the Archives: Preservation Week’s Metal Fasteners

Images displaying the damage that can be done to materials by paper clips, and rusted metal fasteners

Images displaying the damage that can be done to materials by paper clips, and rusted metal fasteners

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s preservation week! An entire week dedicated to discussing the concerns and solutions regarding preservation of rare books and unique collections. Here in the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Puget Sound, we’ll be showing you some common preservation concerns, highlighting our own collections.

Metal Fasteners:

Metal fasteners can cause considerable damage to materials, whether it be through the rust and corrosion of the metal, or the tearing and damage done by metal points. It is therefore important to remove these items from materials (even if they are in good condition). Metal fasteners include commonplace paperclips and staples (and even small nails!). Considerable damage can be caused by careless removal of these metal fasteners, but there are a few simple techniques to follow when removing them:

Staples – using a flat spatula or similar instrument, lift the legs of the staples to pry all fastened edges away from the paper (essentially straightening the staple) before removal.

Paper clips – using a flat spatula or similar instrument, pry up the front and back of the clip before removal.

Sources:

https://www.library.cornell.edu/preservation/librarypreservation/meolda/preservation/basicremedial.html

 By Monica Patterson

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3rd Annual Gwen Phibbs Cookie Bake-off, May 6, 3:30-4 p.m., Misner Room, Collins Library

CALLOUT_CollegiateCookiesCelebrate the last day of classes! Come enjoy cookies baked by Collins Library staff inspired by the recipes from Mrs. Gwen Phibbs Collegiate Cookies Cookbook.

Back by popular demand is the Collins Library Cookie Bake-off.  Several years ago it was discovered in the Archives Gwen Phibbs’ Cookie Cookbook—this inspired recipes for this annual event which has become very popular. This year the library is once again hosting its Cookie Bake-off on Wednesday, May 6th in the Misner Room.  From 3 to 3:30pm, staff and faculty members are invited to sample cookies baked by library and student staffers.  At 3:30, students studying in the library will be lucky recipients of the delectable treats. It’s the library’s way of wishing students congratulations and good luck!

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From the Archives: Preservation Week’s Frayed Edges

CALLOUT_PreservWkAPR28It’s preservation week! An entire week dedicated to discussing the concerns and solutions regarding preservation of rare books and unique collections. Here in the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Puget Sound, we’ll be showing you some common preservation concerns, highlighting our own collections.

Frayed Edges:

Frayed or chipped edges are defined as “a mark or flaw caused by scuffing, gouging, or breaking off of a small piece of the dust jacket, pages, or back-strip [of a book].” These flaws are caused not only by scuffing or gouging; they may also be caused by a number of environmental factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, fluctuations in temperature and humidity (causing a degradation of paper), direct light, oxidation, and water damage (paper weakness and fraying), and acidity (brittle paper). Therefore, as a preventative measure, be sure to keep your materials in ideal conditions. And if it’s too late, protect your delicate and damaged materials in preservation binders rather than on an open shelf, such as the example above.

Sources:

https://www.library.cornell.edu/preservation/publications/PreservingBooks.pdf

http://www.alibris.com/glossary/glossary-books#c

By Monica Patterson

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