Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Handling: Things Found in Books

We have pretty much seen it all.

Things get left in books and we do the best we can to find them.

Things like...photos of pets, family and friends, love letters, paperclips, sticky notes, receipts, doodles, old homework assignments, toilet paper, coupons, membership cards, condoms, lottery tickets, duct tape, playing cards, sugar packets, newspaper clippings, candy and gum wrappers, money, scotch tape, price tags, handwritten notes, phone numbers, squished bugs, drivers licenses, candy, flowers, glue, art projects, jewelry, stickers, Q-tips, phone numbers, origami...
and SO MUCH MORE...

A small sample of things we have found in the books at Memorial Library.
Photo courtesy of J.Myers who worked with the Circulation department to collect things found in books for 1 full year. 
Though we can get a chuckle out of some of the things people leave behind in library books, it is important to remember that many things can damage books if left inside for too long. For instance, office tapes and glues chemically change and damage the paper inside books, paperclips rust and tear paper, acidic papers and sticky notes cause a nasty chemical reaction to occur. Three-dimensional objects and wet items can warp the pages while leftover food and squished bugs can cause their own problems. Eventually the book may begin to deteriorate. All this can bring a book to its untimely end!

An ironic comic strip found as a bookmark in a returned library book. Photo courtesy of J. Myers.
The truth is that bookmarks are not exactly things people have on hand most of the time. If a person picks up a book and reads then gets a little distracted, his or her natural inclination will be to put the smallest closest object inside the book to keep track of where he or she left off.

So, Here’s What You Can Do to Help!:
1. Use a bookmark – Ask the Library and we will gladly give you some!
2. Can't find a bookmark? No problem! Grab some plain white printing paper - most are acid-free!
3. Please avoid dog-earring, use of sticky notes and paperclips!
4. Please do not write or highlight in the books.
5. Do not attempt to mend or repair a book, especially with office tapes and glues. This will damage the book even more. We have a Preservation department who will be happy to do it!
6. And, most importantly, take out your “bookmark” before returning a book to the library! This tiny action can make all the difference for others to enjoy this same book in the many years to come!

The smallest changes can make the biggest differences. 
Comment below if you have ever found something interesting inside a book!

Jamie Dalbey is a Preservation and Government Documents Technician at Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Materials Added to Various Collections!

Additions to the College of Education collection, the University Photograph collection, and the Mankato, Minnesota Young Women's Christian Association collection were recently completed.


College of Education. Collection, 1886-Ongoing. MSU Archives Collection 23. http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/msu/msu23.html

The College of Education is a collection of different reports, as well as meeting minutes, bulletins, and miscellaneous reports generated by the College of Education. This collection also encompasses all the name changes the College of Education had through the years.

The bulk of the recent addition to this collection are the Licensure Records and Practice Teaching Reports from 1967 through 1997.


University Photograph Collection. Photographs, 1868-Ongoing. MSU Archives Collection 309. http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/msu/msu309.html

The University Photograph Collection consists of photographs taken on behalf of Minnesota State University, Mankato and its predecessor institutions. These photographs are pictures of students, faculty, buildings, sculptures on campus and the occasional regional location.

A detailed inventory was recently completed for this ever-growing collection. The collection was also divided into three series: Digitized, Semi-digitized, and Undigitized.

Explore ARCH: University Archives Digital Collections, https://arch.lib.mnsu.edu/, to see photographs, college newspapers and university publications!


Mankato, Minnesota Young Women's Christian Association. Papers, 1922 - 1976. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1284. http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc1284.html

This collection consists of items pertaining to the Mankato, Minnesota Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). Included in the collection are scrapbooks, financial records, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other miscellaneous items relating to the YWCA and its various programs.

The bulk of the recent addition to this collection include photographs and Cray Mansion materials as well as a sub-series covering the YWCA and its involvement with Mankato Area Healthy Youth (MAHY) and Youth Voice.


Visit the Minnesota State Mankato’s University Archives!
Are you interested in viewing any of these collections? Contact us with any questions or to set an appointment for your visit: http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/info/contact.html.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

New Collections: November 2017

We’re highlighting a few of the newly processed collections!

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1961-Ongoing. MSU Archives Collection 29. http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/msu/msu29.html

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences collection consists of meeting minutes, correspondence, publications, and program review documents from the college and its constituent departments. The collection is divided into two series: College Files and Subject Files.


School Progress. Collection, 1919-1971. MSU Archives Collection 128.
http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/msu/msu128.html

The School Progress Collection is a series of pamphlets sent to current and prospective Mankato State College students from 1919-1971. These informational pamphlets describe the school, sports, classes offered, teachers, and campus life. There are numerous formats of pamphlets in the collection and they all cover different topics.


King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968. Speech in Mankato, Minnesota, 12 November 1961. SMHC Manuscript Collection 259.
http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc259.html

Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Mankato, Minnesota on Sunday,12 November 1961 as part of the Third Annual Lectureship for the Wesley Foundation, a Mankato State College religious student organization. He gave two speeches at Century Methodist Church, “The Good Neighbor,” and a speech at Mankato High School, “Facing the Challenge of a New Age.” The Martin Luther King, Jr. speech in Mankato collection consists of an audio recording and transcript of the speech given by King at Mankato High School. Also included are newspaper clippings related to his Mankato visit and research into his visit.


Visit the Minnesota State Mankato’s University Archives! Are you interested in viewing the two collections mentioned above? Contact us with any questions or to set an appointment for your visit.

Monday, October 30, 2017

New Oral History Collections: October 2017

We’re highlighting several of our newly processed oral history collections!

Schwartzkopf, Louis A., 1946-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 2017. SMHC Manuscript Collection 260.
http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc260.html

The Louis A. Schwartzkopf collection consists of an oral history interview conducted between Schwartzkopf and Daardi Sizemore in June 2017. In this interview, Schwartzkopf talks about his career at Minnesota State University Mankato as a Physics faculty member from 1982 through 2010, technology at the university, and historical events. Also included in this collection is a biographical form and photograph of Schwartzkopf.


Wortman, Allen L., 1935-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 2017. SMHC Manuscript Collection 261.
http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc261.html

The Allen L. Wortman collection consists of an oral history interview conducted between Wortman and Anne Stenzel in June 2017. In this interview, Wortman talks about his career, friends, and experiences at Mankato State University as a Music Department faculty member from 1966 through 1995. Also included in this collection is a biographical form, a photograph of Wortman, and a listing of his theatre performances.


Bernhagen, William R., 1940-. Oral History Interview, 2007. SMHC Manuscript Collection 262.
http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc262.html

The William R. Bernhagen collection consists of an oral history interview conducted between Bernhagen and Marsha Danielson in April 2007. In this interview, Bernhagen talks about his family, his education, and his career at Minnesota State University Mankato in University Advancement and as a faculty member in the Urban and Regional Studies Institute.


Tiede, Clayton H., 1925-. Oral History Interview, 2007. SMHC Manuscript Collection 263.
http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc263.html

The Clayton H. Tiede collection consists of an oral history interview conducted between Tiede and Marsha Danielson in April 2007. In this interview, Tiede talks about his family, his education, and his career at Mankato State University as a Music Department faculty member, assistant band director and marching band director from 1960 through 1990.


Berge, Diane A., 1952-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1993-2017. SMHC Manuscript Collection 264.
http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc264.html

The Diane A. Berge collection consists of an oral history interview conducted between Berge and Anne Stenzel in June 2017. In this interview, Berge talks about her career, friends, and experiences as a student and Admissions Office staff member at Minnesota State University Mankato. Also included in this collection is a resume, photographs of Berge, and a newspaper clipping.


Preska, Margaret R., 1938-. Oral History Interview, 2012. SMHC Manuscript Collection 265.
http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc265.html

The Preska collection consists of an audio CD and a biographical form for an oral history interview conducted between Preska and Ashley Portra in 2012. In this interview, Preska talks about her career at Mankato State College as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Equal Opportunity Officer from 1975 to 1979 and President from 1979 to 1992. Specifically, Preska shares memories about Marie Bruce and her own involvement in the Greek community.


Visit the Minnesota State Mankato’s University Archives! Are you interested in viewing the two collections mentioned above? Contact us with any questions or to set an appointment for your visit.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Book Handling: Spine Damage Prevention

The Preservation department at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Memorial Library actively receives and seeks out damaged books within the collections every day. Many damaged books that we work with have causes due to typical wear and tear but there are also numerous items in the collections whose damages are entirely preventable…which is why we need your help! This series will cover things our patrons and staff can do to help prolong the life of books so they can keep doing what they do best, be accessed and read by all!

Let us begin with one of our primary culprits of preventable issues: Spine Damage. 

Books with torn, cracked or broken spines come in more often than any other problem. You may be wondering why this is:

Imagine finding the perfect book for your current project, research paper or leisurely reading. Or imagine being a staff member who is assisting a patron with book retrieval. Think about how you pull a book off a shelf. Did you mentally just pull the book by the top of the spine? If yes, you are not alone. Most people do this. Unfortunately, the deceptive little tab on the top of a book’s spine is not very strong. In fact, it will break off completely if pulled on too many times (or even just once!).

The good news is that you can change this destructive habit and still access books easily.

Here’s what you can do:

The general rule of thumb is “Push, Don’t Pull.” What does that mean?

Grasp your book by the center instead of the top of the spine.
Photo courtesy of pixabay.com
In order to save the spine from damage, you can start by pushing in the books on both sides of the desired book. Once you have done so, you can easily grasp the desired book around the center so you are holding onto either side of the book covers rather than the spine. Then you can pull the book off the shelf without causing any damage. Success!

This is one small, simple change will save many books without decreasing their value or cost us money repairing such an avoidable defect so we can keep mending the items that need it most instead!

Do you know another way to prevent spine damage? Comment below!

Jamie Dalbey is a Preservation and Government Documents Technician at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Learn more about Preservation here.

Friday, October 20, 2017

New 2017 Addition to Homecoming Stories

The 2017 Homecoming oral history videos are online and available for viewing! You can view the videos here: https://arch.lib.mnsu.edu/islandora/object/MSUrepository%3Ahomecoming.




A screenshot of Homecoming 2017 interviews in ARCH.



The University Archives collects oral histories to preserve the history of Homecoming at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Former and current Minnesota State University, Mankato students, faculty and staff are interviewed at Homecoming events with an iPad on a monopod. Most oral history videos are 1-3 minutes long.

This collection exists in two different locations:
  1. The University Archives holds the physical materials created and collected during the course of the project. View the collection guide here: http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc1808.html.
  2. ARCH, University Archives Digital Collections holds the oral history videos. View the collection here: https://arch.lib.mnsu.edu/islandora/object/MSUrepository%3Ahomecoming.
Visit the Minnesota State Mankato’s University Archives! Are you interested in viewing this collection? Contact us with any questions or to set an appointment for your visit: http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/info/contact.html.




Mee Xiong is an Archives Technician at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hall of Champions: New Maverick Women’s Softball 2017 NCAA Division II National Champions Memorabilia Added

The Brock Otto Hall of Champions, an exhibit located in the Taylor Center reflects the heritage of Minnesota State University, Mankato as well as the big dreams, big opportunities, and big impact that the University has today. The Hall of Champions highlights heritage, academics, athletics, student life, and alumni.

Coley Ries’ Maverick Women’s Softball uniform

Recent additions to the Hall of Champions includes a softball base, ball and glove, a 2017 signed team poster, and pitcher Coley Ries’ uniform.  Ries went 5-0 and threw all 35 innings in five consecutive days at the NCAA Division II tournament, leading her team to the program’s first National Championship title.  Ries was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, the 2017 NFCA Player of the Year, D2CCA Pitcher of the Year, received NFCA and D2CCA All-American First Team accolades, named D2CCA Central Region Scholar Athlete of the Year, and received CoSIDA Academic All-American team honors while fashioning a 3.70 GPA in Mass Media.  

Still have questions?  Never hesitate to contact the University Archives at 507-389-1029 or archives@mnsu.edu.  

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