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May 2001, Week 2


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Donna Beales <[log in to unmask]>
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Donna Beales <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 10 May 2001 11:10:51 -0400
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Thank you to all respondents.  See below for original posting.

Many people recommended Princeton Files. We could not afford steel or
plastic Princetons, and we felt cardboard was too likely to fall apart
considering the total investment.

Others recommended the cardboard journal holders.  The problem is that
we have some-they obscure the journal spine info, and in practice are
a pain in the neck.  They also don't last...

One person is putting journals on their sides.  Since we're constantly
using ours, that would be nightmarish, and for me painful!  I'm
recuperating a hand injury.

This is what we found that is a little off the beaten track (Yankee

There is something called a Ball Bungee, that looks like a larger
version of a ponytail holder.  They're normally used to hold down
tents and tarps, but they'd hold journals in bundles. They were
relatively inexpensive, $25 for 100 at 9".  We decided not to go with
these because we want whatever we buy to last several years, and
figure the average lifespan of a ponytail holder is only a couple...
 Still, they were very intriguing.  Since some of you may be
interested, the  company is Canopy Masters, tel. 1-877-722-6679.

We found a product called Velcro One-Wrap we plan to go with.  It's
double-sided velcro sold by the yard, 1" width.  We plan to cut it
into 24" lengths for bundling, and use heavy-duty bookends for
support.  We called Velco USA Inc. for the local distributors in our
area.  Velco USA Inc.--  1-603-669-4880.

Total project cost for us around $600, including bookends.  Hope this
helps others.

Donna Beales
Lowell General Hospital
Health Science Library
Lowell, MA
(978) 937-6247
FAX (978) 937-6855
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From:  Donna Beales
Sent:  Tuesday, May 08, 2001 10:06 AM
To:  'Medlib-L'
Subject:  ? Physically Managing Unbound Journals

The hospital I work for ceased binding our journals years ago, and I
don't anticipate that we'll begin again any time soon due to cost

Our problem is that the unbound volumes flop around and fall off the
shelves.  We looked into buying see-through plastic holders, and the
cost would be in excess of $2,000 - $4,000, which is not affordable
for us at this time.

Recently we purchased large elastics, and this solved the problem for
several months, but the elastics deteriorate more quickly than I
thought, needing constant replacement.

There must be something out there 'like' elastics to hold a dozen or
so issues together, that would be affordable for a small library like
us...  Does anyone know if there is such a thing?  I was thinking of
really long zip ties, but have no idea where I might buy some.  Maybe
Medlibbers have better ideas?

I am not concerned with long-term archival issues-our journals are
kept 15 years, and then tossed.


Donna Beales
Lowell General Hospital
Health Science Library
Lowell, MA
(978) 937-6247
FAX (978) 937-6855
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