Canadian West Coast Art: Native and Modern exhibition, installed in the E.R. Wood Gallery, January 1928 © 2014 Art Gallery of Ontario
Proud moment: condition reporting and preparing To Prince Edward Island (1965) by Alex Colville for loan to the AGO. [Because I’m originally from PEI and remembering taking the ferry to the mainland. And because Alex Colville is the bomb!]
Today in the lab, we’re reviewing highlighted and underlined books to determine whether they need to be replaced or can continue to circulate. The books shown here are so excessively marked up that they will be withdrawn and replaced with new copies.
And while books that have been marked with pencil can be cleaned up with erasers, the process of evaluating and erasing takes time and staff resources, in addition to keeping the books out of circulation where they belong.
So please, please, pretty please…don’t write in library books! Take notes on a separate sheet of paper, type notes on your computer, or scan/photocopy the pages you wish to annotate & mark up the copy. Your library’s staff and your fellow patrons will thank you!
Highlighters are evil. More evil than tape.
There is a special place in hell for people who draw in Library books.