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Look, it’s Conservator Barbie!

A Barbie doll in a dress and apron is standing by a table, holding a brush. The table holds an open book, silver cup, and cat figurine.
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Someone who works at in Preservation Services at the U of I Library had a minute, and created this Conservator Barbie set up, complete with “sparkly sewing frame, a stippling brush, a broken case binding, and a gingham book snake,” demonstrating some of the work that goes on in that department.

Since I do not know all the book preservations lingo, I had to look up these items:

  • Stippling brush: used to apply glue to book binding
  • Case binding: the traditional way to bind hardcover books, “pages are sewn together in sections and attached to the inside of a case with end papers which are tipped on to the book block and then glued into the case.”
  • Book snake: an item used to gently hold a book open
  • Sewing frame: “holds the tapes or cords upright, assisting in neater, faster sewing”

You can learn more about the important work of the Preservation Services Unit at their website.

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