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Binding & Finishing
The Binding & Finishing Unit serves several key functions throughout the web of SULAIR's daily operations.

Processing of Incoming Materials
As items for the libraries' general collections are either acquired or re-assigned to new locations, they are sorted by Binding & Finishing to determine whether they can be shelved for circulation in their present state or whether they require re-binding or housing prior to shelving.

Materials receive spine labels with call numbers, date-due slips, gift plates, edge stamping, property stamping, and security targets as appropriate before they are routed to their shelf locations.

Processing of Materials for Repair or Rehousing
As materials in need of repair or other preservation attention are identified by cataloging and public service staff, they are routed to the Binding & Finishing Unit. In some cases Binding & Finishing sends materials on to the Book Repair lab for conservation staff to carry out the appropriate course of action.

Read more about Treatment and Repair Services >>

Bindery Preparation and Receiving
SULAIR contracts with two vendors to provide binding services for its printed materials. The policy governing when materials are bound and rationale underlying the policy is explained in the Bind Plan.

The Binding & Finishing Unit sorts, charges, processes, and routes such items to a commercial binder. When materials return from the bindery, they are inspected for quality, discharged, processed, and routed to their shelf location, ready to be accessed by users.

Collection Reviews
Binding & Finishing staff members are often consulted to review whole collections of general collection materials for preservation needs, such as proper shelving, cleaning, rehousing, and repair.

Please contact Laura Cameron, Head of Binding & Finishing, for questions related to the review of collections of paper-based materials. In the case of bulk collections of printed materials, see also the SULAIR Bulk Collections Policy and Procedures.

Binding & Finishing also serves to maintain access to the information in traditional library materials, such as books and serials, by coordinating microfilming projects.

Read more about Microfilming >>

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