Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 66: 37-60 (2011)

原著論文Original Article

大学図書館における無線綴じ図書の損傷Damage of adhesive bound books in university libraries

慶應義塾大学大学院文学研究科図書館・情報学専攻Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

受付日:2011年3月31日Received: March 31, 2011
受理日:2011年8月25日Accepted: August 25, 2011
発行日:2011年12月26日Published: December 26, 2011


【方法】利用頻度の高い図書を対象とした状態調査と,大学図書館で蔵書管理を担当している職員を対象としたインタビュー調査を行った。状態調査では2009 年慶應義塾図書館状態調査の調査項目を基に,背割れの細分化,損傷個所などを加えた。分析に際し,情報の紛失に繋がり得るページ抜けを重要な損傷と捉え,他の損傷との併発状況をみた。インタビュー調査では,蔵書量の多い大学図書館を対象とし,半構造化インタビューを行った。インタビューは文章化し,質問項目に沿って整理した。


Purpose: In surveys on the preservation of library materials, there is an increasing focus on the condition of binding. In particular, adhesive-bound books have problems with regard to durability. This study set out to determine the actual condition of adhesive-bound books in university libraries, and to reveal how university libraries perceive adhesive-bound books and how they deal with damaged books.

Methods: A condition survey for books in high-frequency circulation and interviews with the staff in charge of collection management were performed. A condition survey checklist was drawn up based on the Keio University Library survey 2009, with the addition of back broken and loose page subdivisions. In the analysis, loose pages that could lead to missing information were regarded as serious damage, and we investigated loose pages in conjunction with other types of damage. Semi-structured interviews were conducted at six large university libraries with large collections. The interview was typed up, and the information was organized according to question items.

Results: The results of the condition survey were as follows. 1) Adhesive-bound books have problems with durability compared to sewn books from the viewpoint of loose pages. 2) Soft cover books with hotmelt adhesive tend to have many loose pages. 3) Hardcover books with emulsion adhesive are more likely to have split gutters, but less likely to have loose pages at the same location as the split gutter. The results of the interviews indicated that 1) the staff of university libraries are aware that adhesive-bound books can be easily damaged, but 2) they are generally unaware of whether a broken book has adhesive binding and do not maintain statistics regarding this issue. 3) Due to other tasks for which they are responsible, as well as budget restrictions, librarians cannot address the issue of adhesive-bound books with an appropriate level of awareness. Although there are problems in the durability of adhesive-bound books, university libraries are not equipped with systems to cope with damaged books.

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