Quick Pic: Track All The Paper!

Tracking repair papers that we have ordered.
Tracking repair papers that we have ordered.

Erin came up with a great idea to track the repair papers that we order. Each time we order a new paper she snips a small sample piece and attaches it to this grid that she created. There is room in the description area to list the vendor, the item number from their catalog, the price and when and how much we ordered it.

This has helped a great deal especially in re-ordering paper that we may not order on a regular basis. It’s also fun to see these all together to get an idea of the color ranges and weights of the repair tissues we have. It provides more information than a spreadsheet alone could provide. It’s a good thing!



4 thoughts on “Quick Pic: Track All The Paper!”

  1. Great idea! We have a similar system at NYPL that we all really love — we keep a three-ring binder with paper samples in polyester sleeves meant for business cards and a source list that tracks as much information as we can get from the vendor on the fiber, production style, size of original sheet/roll, thickness, gsm, and pH for each sample.

    The “Paper Sample Book” originated with my predecessors and has been in use in the lab for many years. The “Paper Sample Book” joins our “Lab Inventory” and “Recipes” binders as key ways to keep information centralized and handy for the whole lab. We update the sample book every time we get new paper types or replenish stock. It’s arranged by fiber type and weight so having them in business cards sizes is useful because you can take them out and compare them against the original or another potential repair paper. The clear sleeves are nice because you can put them on a light table to compare laid lines or fiber distribution when selecting a repair paper.

    I’ll tweet some pictures!

  2. I want to give a shout out to Karen Walter at the Weissman Center at Harvard — I learned about this handy system from her!

    1. Karen is indeed terrific. I use her non-adhesive photo corners a lot, along with her magic formula for mixing acrylics to get the perfect “dirty old paper” color.

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