It’s that time of year again when we report our annual statistics to our administration. We thought we would share these with you, too.
1,093 Book Repairs (down 38% from last year)
1,066 Pamphlets (down 38%)
1,392 Flat Paper (down 87%)
5,975 Protective Enclosures (down 15%)
66 Disaster recovery
8 Exhibit mounts (down 64%)
746 hours of time in support of exhibits (includes meetings, treatment, installation, etc.) (up 452%)
1,002 items repaired for digital projects (down 90%)
38% of total work was for Special Collections
62% of total work was for Circulating Collections
74% of work was Level 1 [less than 15 minutes to complete]
23% of work was Level 2 [15 minutes – 2 hours to complete]
3% of work was Level 3 [more than 2 hours to complete]
Looking at the three year trend you can see the impact of two things. First, we had a steep decline in paper repairs because last fiscal year we were working on a mass digitization preparation project (dark red line). Those numbers skewed our stats for FY2017. In February, Tedd Anderson resigned as our conservation technician, and Mary Yordy reduced her hours. You can see their impact on the stats. Tedd did the majority of custom enclosures (green line) for Rubenstein Library. And both Tedd and Mary repair general collections materials (light red line). We had a huge exhibit project this fiscal year that included a lot of complicated and time consuming repairs. You see a marked decrease in the percentage overall of items repaired for Rubenstein Library, but there was a marked increase in length of time we spent on those repairs. So the percentage is down, but the number of Level 3 repairs are up.
Not Everything Is A Statistic
- Conservation Services was reorganized in January 2018. We now report to Dracine Hodges, AUL for Technical Services.
- We welcomed Sara Neel, our new Senior Conservation Technician.
- We hosted 11 tours of the lab totaling 86 people
- We presented 16 Care and Handling Training sessions to DUL staff
- We hosted our first HBCU Library Alliance/University of Delaware-Winterthur conservation intern
- We hosted two Girl Scout bookbinding-badge workshops
- We did cool things like helping to CT scan the ivory manikins , continued to investigate the use of Multi Spectral Imaging for conservation treatment, and used textile conservation techniques to repair a book.
- We responded to a few disasters in Perkins and Lilly libraries.
We hope you enjoy looking back at the year that was FY2018 as much as we did. We can’t wait to see what FY2019 brings.