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Take Home Preservation Kits

While 2020 truly threw some curve balls, our MU Librarians and staff never missed a step and continued to serve. Take a look at a few innovative ways they helped our community, kept faculty informed, and stayed busy throughout one of the most challenging years.

When campus closed completely, Head of Physical Processing and Preservation Michaelle Dorsey was worried that she couldn’t keep herself and her staff busy since their work involves working with the physical collection. But she had an innovative idea and decided to put together preservation kits so she and her staff could do their work from the safety and comfort of their homes. Once a week Dorsey was given permission to visit Ellis Library and create kits, which consisted of a plastic tub with items that needed repairalong with the appropriate tools, equipment and supplies. She would leave each staff person a tub to be picked up, safely, in the loading dock. Although most of the physical processing staff are working on campus again, they know that if needed they can work remotely and continue to bring old books back to life.

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