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You might notice that the links from the revised edition of the Handbook do not yet appear on this site.  Sorry about that!  I will be adding them as soon as possible.  The reason for the delay is that I fractured my shoulder early in January, in a cycling accident. Fortunately, unlike this chap, I was able to wear clothes with my sling so have been able to return to work. I am well on the mend now, but still find extended periods of typing difficult.

L0044863 Willis's cigarettes card

L0044863 Willis’s cigarettes card Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A man with his arm in a sling – a triangular bandage for the shoulder. 1913 Triangular bandage for the shoulder / W.D. & H.O. Wills (Firm) Published: [1913] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Taste the Handbook!


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Get a free taste of the Special Collections Handbook in its latest form. Facet Publishing have made Chapter 2 on Emergency Planning available via open access so everyone can see what the book has to offer.

Keeping collections safe from fire, flood, and the other “enemies of books” has been the essential task of librarians since libraries were created.  However, as this extensively revised chapter shows, new technologies are transforming this aspect of librarianship …

Follow the link on this Facet blog post to read the chapter.

Bin for catching water leaks

The ‘leak bin’.  An essential tool for your emergency planning!  We have a fleet of them scattered around the Library to catch water wherever it should not be.