1 Tamia G. Taylor. What s in there anyway? A collection assessment of the UNC Law Library Rare Book Room. A Master's paper for the M.S. in L.S. degree. April, pages. Advisor: Jacqueline Dean. This study focuses on the rare book collection in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law Library Rare Book Room Collection. A collection and preservation assessment was performed to weed books out of the collection and to see which books need preservation treatment. A comparison of local University Law Library rare book collections was done to assess the quality of the UNC collection. Headings: Books evaluation Discarding of books, periodicals, etc. Law Libraries Collection development Law Libraries Rare books Rare books Conservation & restoration
2 WHAT S IN THERE ANYWAY? A COLLECTION ASSESSMENT OF THE UNC LAW LIBRARY RARE BOOK ROOM by Tamia G. Taylor A Master s paper and project submitted to the faculty of the School of Information and Library Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Library Science. Chapel Hill, NC April 2013 Approved by Jacqueline Dean
3 1 Table of Contents Introduction... 2 Literature Review... 3 Law Libraries and Rare Books... 3 Collection Assessments... 6 Methodology Collection Assessment Criteria Collection and Preservation Databases Collection Analysis Database Limitations Results Collection Database Preservation Database Analysis Database Conclusion Works Cited Figures Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure Figure
4 2 Introduction The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Katherine R. Everett Law Library is the main source of North Carolina law research in the Chapel Hill area. This library is not just for UNC law students, but also for any other UNC students and various other patrons that wish to conduct law research. Patrons are often other North Carolina law students (usually from Duke University and North Carolina Central University), local lawyers, alumni and lay people that wish to conduct personal legal research. Because this library is not just for law student research, the library contains much information about North Carolina law and provides access to information that not directly held in the library collections. This access is often provided by Interlibrary Loan materials from other law libraries which include other North Carolina law libraries and other out of state law libraries. Within the UNC Law Library, although not many people are aware of it, there is also a rare book room dedicated to historical and rare books along with manuscripts. Although this rare book room has been designated since the Law School and Library s relocation from Manning Hall to Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, there has been minimal to no effort to manage its small collection. The lack of effort can be attributed to the fact that there has been no archivist employed or librarian dedicated to the maintenance of Rare Book Room. Also, none of the librarians who are currently employed at the Law Library have the archival knowledge or connections to maintain the collection. Any requests to see materials from the collection are made to the Reference Staff.
5 3 The Collection Services (formally Technical Services) staff have informed me that there many materials in this collection that do not belong there because they are not rare and there are some materials that could be moved into the General Collection. As far as I have been informed, I am the first person to express interest in working with and preserving the materials within the Rare Book Room. To assess this, a collection assessment needs to be done to analyze what the collection contains. This collection assessment also will provide a list of all the materials that are held in the collection. The list will not just be for Law Library Staff but also for any interested students or patrons. By doing a collection assessment of the UNC Law Library s Rare Book Room and comparison with similar academic law library rare book rooms, staff of the UNC Law Library will be able to see and modify the collection accordingly which will allow patrons to be more informed about and better use the collection. Literature Review Law Libraries and Rare Books Academic law libraries are viewed as crucial to a law school (Balleste, 2007) because they provide legal information for student, professor and (often) public patrons. The overall mission of law libraries is to preserve the law and legal materials associated with it and, to that end, contain collections that are generally larger than those of the other types of law libraries. They must also fulfill their academic mission, often of purchasing ephemeral law school materials that other types of law libraries do not purchase (Balleste, 2007).
6 4 This type of law library (including the UNC Law Library) are often open to the public for legal research because they contain recent law information that may not be available to a person who does not work for a legal institution nor subscribe to legal serials or databases. The UNC Law Library has included in their Mission Statement that acts as a research partner with faculty and students, and serves the legal information needs of University students and faculty, the legal community, and the residents of North Carolina (2004). Because academic law libraries contain information that can be useful for all types of patrons, the information they contain must not only be up to date but also historical in nature. Not historical in the sense of old and no longer relevant, but still relevant information that may not be as widely available in recent years. Collecting for the ages is another way in which academic law libraries can be classified in acquisition policies because they retain superseded materials, such as older editions of treatises, superseded pocket parts from treatises and statutory materials, and long runs of periodicals (Balleste, 2007). This enables a broad use of their collections and allows the history of laws and court cases/decisions to be seen and compared for legal use. Rare collections often provide materials considered to be great secondary source materials when studying the law historically. Although the law constantly changes, the history of the changes should be noted in a way that allow researchers to see how and why the changes occurred. For a legal researcher, older materials are of interest because they can show researchers how the law changed or provide commentary on cases or changes to the laws. Often law students and lawyers prefer to see the original text in physical (book) format
7 5 and older books are not often available because they have been superseded or removed from the library. Law libraries with older or rare books can provide the original text for patrons and these editions often contain commentary from previous owners. There are quite a few legal databases that have digitized older legal texts for users to easily access and West and LexisNexis are two of the major ones that contain volumes of older texts. However, with these texts digitized, they are often reformatted instead of actual PDFs of the pages. The physical copy provides much information that is not included in the actual text of the books (Silver, 2001). Of the materials that academic law libraries can possess, older materials can be considered rare or historical in nature. These books may be considered rare because they are old, valuable donations that may not be circulated as often or are publications that are no longer published. In the case of these books, law libraries may decide to separate them from the regular and public collection (Galbraith, 2012). These are just a few reasons that an academic law library may decide to establish a rare book room within their library. The rare book room in a law library is also not designated to make sure that certain materials never circulate outside of the library. Although the materials that are designated as rare are may be separated from the regular circulating collection, they all may not be rare in the sense that they are valuable or invaluable. Rare book collections within law libraries do not have the primary acquisition goals as a regular rare book library. Rare law materials are often moved from regular collections into rare status because the library has held them for so long. Donations can be added to this collection because of their age or the donor s reputation.
8 6 Many law libraries often possess older materials that need to be preserved but the librarians at these institutions are not (or are very little) trained on how to handle and care for these materials. Legal Historian and librarian Edwin Surrency states that unfortunately, law offices destroy some of the records [manuscript records of judges, law offices, and offices], and law librarians do little to preserve them (Legal History, 1966). He recognizes that many institutions of this nature have tons of historical materials in their buildings (if not in their catalogs) but because the staff do not know what to do with the materials, it either gets thrown away or put away out of sight. Law libraries could hire an archivist to create a preservation plan or any rare materials but funding for hiring such a person is often an issue. In a survey that archivist Marsha Trimble conducted, she discovered that of the law libraries she surveyed that hold manuscripts, sixty percent (60%) of the libraries reported that funding for staff was a major issue (Trimble, 1991). It seems that even if the expertise were available, most law libraries would not be able to pay someone to do the work. Despite this, Law Professor Earl F. Murphy says that the librarian ought also to consider the preservation of old law texts and treatises, especially local practice books (Legal History, 1966). Collection Assessments Although not much literature is available that details how to conduct a collection assessment, collections assessments (or evaluations) are necessary to ensure that libraries are contain useful and relevant collection holdings. Many sources agree that collection assessments can be used to assess the contents, usefulness and possible preservation needs of a collection. The contents of a collection need to be relevant to the library s mission statement and acquisition policy and in a condition in which users can access
9 7 them. A collection will not be used if the contents are not readable, relevant or accessible and to make sure that a collection has none of these weaknesses, a collection assessment must be done (Idaho Commission, 2011). Continuously assessing a collection ensures that the collection does not contain weaknesses or catches any weaknesses before any other books are added to the collection that do not fit the scope of the collection. A collection assessment will help aid libraries that have never performed an assessment before or libraries that have not performed one in recent years. An assessment not helps the library and its collection but ultimately benefits the patrons. As to how to conduct a collection assessment, sources all suggest different methods for surveying the collection but they all agree on a few general aspects of a collection assessment: 1. The purpose of a collection assessment is to help the library whose collection is being assessed. Any efforts to make sure that a library collection can be better used or improved will be much appreciated by the staff and patrons of the library. 2. View previous collection assessment reports or data before beginning the assessment if the information is available (National Library, 2012). Any previous and recent collection assessment information will make conducting another assessment easier. However, oftentimes, a library has never performed a collection assessment or the reports have been misplaced or lost. 3. The surveyor must obtain a list of all the materials within the collections. The list of collection holdings will give an overview of the number of items, bibliographic information and a brief overview of things that should or should not be in the collection. If the surveyor is someone that is already familiar with the collection
10 8 being assessed, they might be able to glance over it and start noting things that are missing or should not be in the collection. 4. Decide on a method to assess the collection. Collections can be manually or digitally assessed (Idaho Commission, 2012). These types of assessments depend on the technology and funding available for the assessment in each library. Manual assessment will take lots of time to complete because each item will need to be manually assessed and inserted into a database. Digital assessment may take less time to complete (as opposed to manual) because information can be imported into a database from whatever cataloging system is used by a library. However, the technology used to do so may not be easy to use or could be very costly. Before manually or digitally assessing the collection, coming up with an assessment survey of all the criteria needed to be assessed. Any irrelevant criteria will help neither the library nor the surveyor (Baird, 2004). Spending time on any irrelevant criteria just detracts time away from more important aspects of the assessment. The method should involve a checklist or some type of formal method to analyze each item in a collection. The criterion for each collection assessment will vary depending on the goal of the assessment. 5. Statistical analysis is needed to see the evaluation results of the assessment. The results of an assessment will not be put into perspective unless all aspects and comparisons within the assessment are put together. When a collection has been assessed, comparisons between the holdings and the criterion used for the collection assessment will prove to the staff how relevant, useful and useable the
11 9 collection holdings are (Baird, 2004). The statistics will come from the total number of items that match a certain criteria which is then divided by the total number of items in the collection. Editor of School Library Journal, Brian Kenney, states that we [librarians] need statistics not just to help us plan, but also to help us evaluate our programs, establish benchmarks, and show stakeholders where we stand (Kenney, 2011). Sources generally agree that these few points are vital to conducting each and every collection assessment. Another way to assess a collection is to compare it to similar collections. Besides physically going to similar libraries to assess their collections, WorldCat is available to the public and allows users to see the holdings of various libraries (Connaway, 2004). WorldCat is a global network of library content and services that uses the Web to let your institution be more connected, more open and more productive (OCLC, 2012). As long as the library that is being assessed and its comparison libraries have their holdings on WorldCat, a comparison can easily be made with the information provided by WorldCat. Bibliographic information is available on WorldCat but one cannot physically see the materials. If time is not a large factor with a collection assessment, a physical analysis should also be completed when comparing collections. Lastly, a collection assessment will immediately show what materials should not be in the collection. Any information about what materials are used most can be used to prove this as well but decisions to remove holdings from a collection should not be made until after the collection has been thoroughly assessed. Weeding a library collection can be essential to the collection to remain relevant and useful. The reasons for weeding a
12 10 collection vary from making room for more materials, getting rid of irrelevant materials, or removing duplicates (Slote, 1997). For a rare book library collection, getting rid of books is often discouraged. Weeding in this situation would involve moving materials into the regular circulating collection or sending them to another rare book library that could use the materials better. Deaccessioning is a large part of weeding practices. Before deaccessioning materials, they must be reappraised to ensure that they belong or do not belong in a specific collection (Blodgett, 2012). The materials of any library collection must follow the scope of the mission statement and/or acquisition policy of that specific library. Any materials that do not fit (with the exception of donated materials from donors of that library) should be carefully reappraised before deaccessioning is considered (Oram, 1997). Donated materials may not be able to be removed from a collection if they were included with various other materials or even monetary donations. The donor may have stated in a donor agreement that his or her materials must never be removed from the library. A method similar to a collection assessment checklist (or whatever such method is used) should be used when evaluating books for deaccessioning. Some libraries have a deaccessioning policy and this should be consulted first or a policy should be created for future instances. Often, libraries do not want to remove any materials from their collections because time and money were spent to acquire them. However, removing materials that do not fit with the goal of the library must at least be considered. Methodology
13 11 Collection Assessment Criteria Before beginning the collection assessment, I needed to decide on what general collection and preservation information I wanted to gather from the entire collection assessment. To evaluate which books were to be weeded, I need to note the year of publication and author(s) of each book along with the call numbers and titles. The year of publication and the author(s) were important to note because newer publications are not generally rare at this present time. Noting the author(s) of any book was also important because any books authored by UNC faculty members were to be moved from the Rare Book Room. All UNC faculty member publications used to be stored in the Rare Book Room but the current staff of Collection Services moved most of them out of the room. Despite moving them, there were still many to be weeded out of the Rare Book Room collection. UNC faculty member publications are now stored on the first (1 st ) floor of the UNC Law Library in a gated area of the stacks that is called the Cage. While browsing over the collection before I began the assessment, I noticed that almost all of the books in the room were in very bad condition. Using author Brian J. Baird s book Library Collection through Statistical Sampling as a guide, I was able to decide which preservation criterion I wanted to evaluate for each of the books. I made preservation evaluation slips to put in each book that needed some type of treatment and they are shown in Figure 2. The criterion include the evaluation of the paper and its condition, the binding and its condition, any previous conservation treatments made and what I recommend as the next step for treatment.
14 12 Collection and Preservation Databases After deciding what criteria I needed to evaluate for weeding and preserving the collection, I then built a database to input all the books. I chose to build my database using Microsoft Access 2010 because it allows the use of forms to input information and the databases can be saved in various formats to be viewed by others without Microsoft Access. Of the Microsoft 2010 Suite is free for UNC students to download and use which was another deciding factor for using this database program for the collection assessment. In Access, I built two databases: one for deciding which books were to be weeded and another to evaluate each book for preservation needs. The database titled Collection in Figure 3 details the call number, title, author, publication date, whether I think it should be weeded (a check box) and a reason as to why it should be weeded. I had to manually populate each field by typing in all the information. The examples shown in Figure 3 show books that do not need to be weeded and one that should be weeded from the Rare Book Room. The preservation evaluation database was populated by using a form that I built which is pictured in Figure 4. Creating and using a form was the best way to populate this database because of all the options per criterion that I created and many of the books required multiple options to be selected. For instance, the example from Figure 4 shows that multiple options can be selected for this particular book. The entire populated database is shown in Figure 5 and populating it similarly to the Collection database would have been too difficult because it is too cluttered in this view of the database. The formed allowed me to easily add one book at a time. Every book that needs further preservation has a preservation sheet inserted so that the librarians and conservators can
15 13 easily see what state each book is currently in and what should be done to it to preserve it in for long term use. To group all of the books that do not need to be weeded from the Rare Book Room, ones that should been weeded from the room, and books that need specific preservation treatments, I created queries within Microsoft Access. These queries group all of these books so that I can see only the books that fit into these categories. These lists will assist in creating the statistics that will be put into a preservation plan that will be created at the end of the school year for the Collection Services staff. An example query is pictured in Figure 6. This query is called Future Repairs and details the call numbers and titles of books that are okay to be used by patrons currently but will need preservation in the future because they may continue to deteriorate or fall apart. All other queries titles can be seen in Figures 2 through 6 from the screenshots. Collection Analysis Database To compare and contrast the UNC Rare Book Collection with other local law libraries, I built another database using Microsoft Access to collect the call numbers, titles and which locations had the books. To decide which books to evaluate and compare, I used a random number generator from Research Randomizer ( to generate five hundred (500) random numbers between one (1) and one thousand five hundred and sixty seven (1,567). The random numbers that were generated can be seen in Figure 7. I chose to evaluate five hundred (500) rare books because it comprised one third (1/3) of the books that I assessed for both weeding and preservation. With the results from the Research Randomizer form, I was able to have random numbers that were distributed throughout the one thousand five hundred
16 14 and sixty seven (1,567) books that I completed. Random distribution of the numbers allows for better comparison of books from other local law libraries. Also, all volumes and copies of various rare books do not all need to be accounted for in the comparison. The Research Randomizer website allows the generator results to be imported in both Microsoft Excel and PDF formats and I saved one file as an Excel spreadsheet to then import into Access. In Access, I was able to connect the generated numbers to the rare book ID numbers from my Collection database to create a database to compare the locations of books to the law libraries at Duke University Library and North Carolina Central University. To see which libraries contain each of the rare books, I used the WorldCat catalog website ( to check each of the books from the list of five hundred (500) books. I checked each book although a few volumes and copies were included in the list I found that not all the local law libraries had all of the volumes or copies. I began this thinking only to compare the collections in law libraries included in the North Carolina Triangle Research Library Network but as I was comparing these three law libraries, I saw that Campbell University law library also has many of the same rare books. There are no other law libraries in the Chapel Hill, Durham or Raleigh that contain these rare books. Figure 8 shows a screenshot of the Analysis database and shows the different law libraries that contain different books. Limitations Before beginning my databases, I was trying to gather any information about the usage of the books. This included check outs and which books were used by the Reference Staff. Very few books are checked out through Millennium (the system that
17 15 the Library uses to check out materials) because they are rare and occasionally sent through Interlibrary Loan to another school that requests them. Also, UNC Law faculty members are able to check out books to keep in their offices but this rarely occurs. For the books that are retrieved by the Reference staff, they have a sign in and sign out sheet for any books that are requested. When the Reference staff gets these requests, the books do not leave the Library and must be returned to the room as soon as the patron is done with them. Because of these two methods of recording which books are used, not much information is available for me to gauge which books are used the most. The Millennium records I received only report less than ten (10) books checked out in the past three (3) years. The sign in and out sheet has dates and call numbers of books but many of the dates do not have years included so it is not easy to gauge the time period of any of these check outs. Figure 7 shows one page of the sign in/out sheet that the Reference staff uses. As I was going through the books in the collection, I encountered quite a few issues that I had to deal with to continue to assess this collection. First of all, many books are not in order by call number on the shelves. Although the cause of this is unknown, it can be assumed that people reshelving the books did not pay attention as they were putting the books back on the shelves. It could also be that the librarians that were shelving any new acquisitions did not pay much attention to the books around the area that they were to be shelved and just put them where they fit. Space for books is not ample because many of the books are oversized and although there is one section of shelving dedicated to oversize books, not all of the oversized books are shelved there. Many are shelved lying on horizontally on the shelf close to where it would be shelved were it not oversized.
18 16 As I was going through all the books, I found many books that did not have call numbers or barcodes. The missing call numbers can be attributed to the fact that many of the call numbers are not attached to the books. Many of the books have ID strips with the call numbers attached to them with stickers inserted between the pages of the books. Because they are not attached to the book, call number ID strips can easily be lost. I had to collaborate with one Collection Services employee to create new call number ID strips for books that did not have them. This goes the same for books that did not have barcodes. Somehow, barcodes were not placed in the books before they were shelved in the Rare Book Room or they were lost because they were attached to the call number cards that were inserted into the books. These too had to be done with the Collection Services employee. While another UNC graduate student was looking up some books in this collection for a project he is currently working on, we discovered that one large series of books in the Rare Book Room not only has the wrong call numbers on them but some of the books are titled wrong too. As a result of wrong call numbers and titles, the catalog records are also incorrect and need to be updated soon. When examining the call numbers of this series, I found that the editions and volumes are not noted which causes the call numbers to be incorrect. There are various editions in this collection and call numbers need to reflect this. As for the incorrect titles, it turns out that some of the books were bound in the wrong covers. For instance, one volume has one title on the spine but a different title on the title page. Somehow, covers and pages must have been mixed up when they were rebound. Although this is one major issue in the collection, I will not be able to spend enough time working on this project to begin to correct this.
19 17 The most important issue that I encountered while assessing this collection is time. I knew before beginning this project that I would not have enough time in the semester to go through the entire collection but all the above issues took even more time away from adding to my databases. Have to rely on one of the Collection Services employee to put call numbers and barcodes took more time from my work and his daily duties. I was also able to get the Law Library to purchase ID strips and tying tape (both of archival quality) to create the new ID strips and type books that had covers falling off. Ordering these materials and adding them to the books took time away from my assessment as well. Although I had not planned to get through all of the estimated five thousand (5,000) books in the collection, I was able to complete almost two thousand books (2,000). While comparing the rare book locations in WorldCat, I found that it was easier to find the specific rare books and editions by searching for the book by call number in the UNC Library System catalog ( finding the OCLC number and using this number to locate the book in WorldCat. Before doing this, I was only trying to use the title of the rare book in WorldCat but because there are various editions, the results would often contain multiple entries. Also, before beginning to compare the UNC Law Library rare books to local law libraries, I intended only to compare UNC with Duke University and North Carolina Central University and these two universities are a part of the Triangle Library System. After comparing a few of the rare books, I found that Campbell University in Raleigh had a comparable law library. I then decided to include Campbell in the Other field of the Analysis database and include those results in the comparison.
20 18 Results All complete databases and queries can be seen at my project website titled UNC Law Library Rare Book Collection ( Collection Database Of all of the books that I have assessed to see if they should be weeded from the Rare Book Room and to see which books have been checked out or viewed by request from the Reference staff, here is table of my findings: Number of Books 70 Total number of books that should be weeded (4.47% of collection assessed) Books to be weeded because they are not rare 8 (0.51% of collection assessed) Books to be weeded because of mold, water or 9 pest damage (0.57% of collection assessed) Books to be weeded because of bad condition 27 and/or have multiple copies (1.72% of collection assessed) Books that have been electronically checked 14 out Entries for books taken from the room by 166 Reference staff Estimated number of books taken from room 132 by Reference staff To assess whether the books should be weeded from the Rare Book Room, I noted the publication date of a book and the author. If the publication date was between the year 2000 until this current year (2013), I checked our online catalog to see if other UNC libraries had the publication and if it was still sold in the mass market. If the book is still being widely sold or if there was a copy in the regular Law Library stacks, it does not need to be in the Rare Book Room. In the Collection database, I denoted these books by a checkmark in the Weed column and writing Not rare next to the Reason to Weed
21 19 column. There is, however, one book in the collection that is not rare but it should remain in the collection because it was autographed by former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter. As I mentioned earlier in this paper, Law Faculty publications used to be housed in the Rare Book Room; one copy in the regular stacks and one in the Rare Book Room. Currently, the Technical Services staff wants to remove all Law Faculty publications to an area on the First Floor of the Law Library. There was a major effort to remove them before I began my work but there are still a few publications left because there is no list of all the former Law Faculty. I was able to look through each book for the author and assess if it was written by Law Faculty or not. In the Collection database, these publications are denoted also with a checkmark and Professor in the Reason to Weed column. Lastly, as I was assessing these publications to be weeded, I noticed that there are quite a few books that have severe mold, water or other substance damage and should be removed. There are currently nine (9) books that should not be in the collection because of mold, water or other (a sticky substance that we are not sure what it is) damage. There are a few books in the collection that are beyond repair and can be discarded as well. I also chose to weed these publications because the Rare Book Room contains various copies of these specific books. Because there are so many copies of various books in the collection, not all of them are needed to be included in the collection. A few of the books that have multiple copies that need to be repaired so that users can read them can be weeded from the collection to avoid the cost of paying to repair them.
22 20 As for the books that have been checked out electronically using Millennium and books that have removed from the room by Reference staff for patrons to use, the records of these do not reflect very well which specific books have been used. The Millennium records that I received do not show which of the books were checked out. I was only able to gather data that showed a total number of books that were checked out from the Rare Book Room and the call number ranges. The sign in and out sheet that the Reference staff is supposed to use when taking books from the room does not give much information about each individual book either. Some of the staff do put specific call numbers for each sign in but others, unfortunately, only list a title or sometimes no specific information at all. I was only able to total the number of entries and estimate the specific books only if they were listed. Because the staff does not always use the sign in and out sheet, it is very difficult to gauge all the times that books have been taken from the room. According to the sheets, much of the heavily used books deal with North Carolina laws and I have not yet reached that section of the entire collection. Preservation Database Of all the books that I have assessed for preservation needs, here is a table that shows all of my findings:
23 21 Preservation Needs Number of Books Percentage of Collection out of 1567 Books Books that have been treated before % Books that have been tied closed with string % Books that have loose pages % Books that have had loose pages replaced % Books in acidic pamphlet binders % Books in acidic pamphlet envelopes % Books in acid-free boxes % Books that need to placed in enclosures % Books that have mold or pest damage % Books that need immediate conservation treatment % Books that should not circulate % Books that will need repairs in the future % Books that do not need any repairs % The above table shows each of the preservation treatments that have been performed on the rare books before I assessed them and treatments that need to be immediately performed to ensure longer use. Also included are the books that do not need any repairs currently or in the foreseeable future because they are in great condition. The percentages do not add up to equal one hundred percent (100%) because lots of the rare books often have multiple treatments that have been performed on them. For instance, books that need to be placed in enclosures could be tied with string currently
24 22 because a previous librarian reglued the cover to the book but the glue is not strong enough to hold the cover in place anymore and the covers are red-rotted. Conservation treatments that have been performed on the books before this assessment include mostly tape or glue to reattach the binding or covers to the books. Although harmful, a few instances of tape or glue have helped to maintain the usability of the books. For books that have unattached covers or complete binding, they are currently tied with string to hold the book together. Although ten percent (10%) of the books in the collection currently have loose pages, only one (1) of the books has had the pages reattached. Many of the smaller (with no hardcover) or loose leaf paper publications were placed in acidic pamphlet binders or envelopes to store them in the Rare Book Room. There are currently only eleven (11) books that have already been placed in acidfree boxes but there are one hundred and twenty three (123) books that should be placed in acid-free boxes (enclosures) because of red-rot, badly water damaged covers, lack of covers, or damaged spines beyond repair. Finally, out of all the books I assessed, about nineteen and a half percent (19.4%) of the collection needs immediate conservation treatment. This treatment ranges from attaching loose pages, repairing loose covers, spines and binding and/or being placed in enclosures. However, almost one percent (0.89%) of the books should not circulate to patrons because of mold, water or other damage and they are beyond repair. A few of these books are recommended to be weeded in the Collection database. Almost sixteen percent (15.76%) of the books do not need immediate conservation treatment but will need it in the next year or two to remain in a useable state. With all the books that need conservation treatment, over fifty percent
25 23 (55.26%) of the books do not need any treatment because the binding and paper condition is excellent. Analysis Database Of the five hundred (500) rare books that I compared their locations with Duke University (Duke), North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Campbell University (Campbell), here is a table that shows the results of the comparison of locations: Analysis of Locations Number of Books Percentage of Books out of 500 Total Books in all locations 30 6% Books only at UNC % Books only at UNC and Duke % Books only at UNC and NCCU % Books only at UNC and Campbell 6 1.2% Books only at UNC, Duke and NCCU 10 2% Books only at UNC, NCCU and Campbell 8 1.6% Books only at UNC, Duke, and Campbell % From the sample of five hundred (500) books that chose to compare and contrast physical locations, these are the results only for the rare books that are physically located in the library of each school. For Duke, I included books that were included in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library because it also located on Duke s campus. Many of the books that I checked on each school s library catalog were available electronically but not physically. From the above data, Duke has a collection that closely resembles that of UNC. Campbell has a collection that least resembles that of UNC. I
26 24 then compared the UNC collection to two of the other libraries (Duke and NCCU, Duke and Campbell, and NCCU and Campbell) to see how the UNC collection compares to two other collections. Conclusion Although I was not able to complete the entire collection, my assessment shows that the UNC Law Library contains a lot of valuable and rare (as in not many libraries contain the same rare books) that needs some conservation treatment. I like to call it an accidental collection because all of the books were acquired through donations and not through active efforts to collect specific rare books. Accidental or not, UNC s Law Library had a great one. To make it a better collection, I will write a preservation proposal for the Technical Services staff to detail the preservation needs as well as any costs to repair the books that need treatment and local conservators to take on the project. This might cost the Library a bit in the near future but the long-term value of having rare books in better condition so that patrons can continue to use them.
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29 27 Figures Figure 1 This is a picture of a few of the rare books on the shelves that have not yet been assessed. You can see here that some books have been rebound and others have damaged pages and covers and need further conservation treatment.
30 28 Figure 2 Preservation Sheets for each book that needs further preservation treatment. Each sheet was printed double sided and cut in half (long ways) and all applicable options were circled and inserted into the pages of each book that needed treatment.
31 29 Figure 3 Screenshot of the Collection database in Microsoft Access.
32 30 Figure 4 Screenshot of the Preservation form in Microsoft Access. I used this form to enter information into the Preservataion database because I could choose mulitpe options.
33 31 Figure 5 Screenshot of the Preservation database in Microsoft Access. This view of the database is difficult to add information because all of the options are hard to view from the drop down menus.
34 32 Figure 6 Screenshot of Future Repairs query from Microsoft Access. This query only shows all of the books in the collection that do not need immediate repairs currently but more use of these books will require repairs in the future.
35 33 Figure 7 Photo of random generated numbers. This is a photo of the random numbers that were generated from Research Randomizer.
36 34 Figure 8 Screenshot from the Analysis database.
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