For any preservation activity to be successful, careful planning
The type of area and material to be cleaned will influence the approach and process necessary to complete the operation in a reasonable time and with minimum disruption.
Library material on shelves should
Cleaning is a task that suits the use of of temporary employees, student assistants, or volunteers. However, it is important to bear in mind that staff in a cleaning project will handle every item; and it takes much more time and resources to correct problems created by poorly trained, insufficiently supported, or badly rewarded workers than it does to invest in their well-being from the start.
When interviewing prospective members of a cleaning crew, it is important to describe the job accurately and make sure each worker is comfortable in meeting its demands. Check whether applicants have allergies, respiratory difficulties like asthma or dermatological problems like eczema. These complaints are exaccerbated when working in a dusty and dirty environment.
Cleaning books can be time-consuming and repetitive; therefore, it is strongly recommended that staff work in pairs, which are regularly rotated one team in the morning and another in the afternoon. This will help staff maintain concentration and prevent them from becoming jaded. Moreover, for health and safety reasons two people should always assist each other when removing books from top shelves, carrying large items and transporting crates.
The project manager must also take responsibility to make sure the workers know their work is respected and appreciated. In addition to being paid, appreciation can take many forms, such as an article in the library newsletter, a lunch or an ice cream break to celebrate mini-goals, and relaying words of appreciation expressed by library staff and users.
Be realistic when setting objectives
Adopt a complete approach. More often than not floors are cleaned regularly with the tops of surfaces only being cleaned once a year.
Divide areas into zones and make sure they all receive attention
The opportunity should be taken to attend to books with detached
Decide before embarking on the project whether it will entail any refurbishing or concentrate solely on cleaning the books and the shelves
Ascertain if power points are available throughout the area? If not, are extension cables allowed to be used?
Remove items in storage areas which can be disposed of
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