Friday, February 12, 2010
Libraries Personnel Remove Book Pocket Cards; Find Archival Treasure
The reason for the project was identity security. One of the Libraries’ paraprofessionals noticed that many circulation cards contained the Social Security numbers of previous borrowers from when those numbers were used at Ball State. Those cards had not been stamped since 1991, when the Libraries began using an automated checkout system. The cards just had never been removed.
It turned out to be a rare example of copperplate, and I also found another set of books that the same illustrator had done.” John Straw explained that items that are signed, limited editions, or rare in some other way are housed in the Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections. As to another benefit, while working on the project, Dixie commented, “During my scheduled times there was almost always a student needing assistance finding an item in the stacks. I enjoyed helping them because I don’t get to do that very often.”