ERIC Number: ED158736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-24
Reference Count: 0
What Is This Thing Called Book? A BARC Workshop on the Topic of the Book--Its Materials, Its Manufacture, Its Care and Treatment in Libraries, Its Repair, and a Word About Fine Printing and Fine Binding. Proceedings.
Fowler, Thomas S., Ed.
Five speeches from a one-day workshop are concerned with book manufacture, marketing decisions, preservation of books, and binding techniques. Librarian Bonnie Jo Dopp defined terminology used in describing books and book manufacture, and mentioned the destructive action of acid in paper and the increasing use by book publishers of perfect binding methods. Roger Levenson, lecturer on the history of the book at University of California Berkeley and publisher, maintained that handsomely made books need not come from fine presses or in limited editions--well-made, attractive books are entirely possible from the trade press, even when employing computerized production techniques. Design, production, life expectancy, quality of materials, and pricing practice in book manufacture were discussed by publisher Frederick Murphy. Donald Etherington reported on activities at the Library of Congress Preservation Office and described some of Library of Congress' very sophisticated restoration techniques together with advice for small in-house operations to help and preserve materials in library collections. Susan Wilson, a Fellow of the Design Binders, briefly described several methods of binding books and outlined some of the steps in hand binding. (Author/MBR)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Francisco Public Library, CA. Bay Area Reference Center.