ALA Roundup, pt. 2

Before the UT discussion at BPIG we heard from Brian Baird of Bridgeport Bindery on their testing of Polyurethane (PUR) adhesives. His presentation is posted here: PUR in Library Binding ALA. Library binders are interested in these hot melt adhesives because they are strong, flexible and dry much faster than Polyvinyl acetates (PVA), and they don’t need to be notched prior to binding. Bridgeport tested 70 identical bound items that were bound to LBI standards, half bound with PUR and half with PVA. The books bound with PUR tested equal to or above those with PVA.

Over in Preservation Administrators Interest Group (PAIG) we heard from FM Global on the fire test in a high density storage facility. The results and video woke everyone up at 8 a.m. Among their findings:

  • Racks with only books on them burned slower than those with books and archival materials
  • Racks that had both in-rack and face sprinklers suffered less damage
  • Cardboard trays disintegrated when soaked, leading to more damage as items fell out of them
  • There was a three foot pile of books in the aisle when the test was complete
  • Narrow aisles made fighting the fire difficult (see also the pile of books in the aisle)
  • Smoke damage is likely throughout the module

This test came about after a test fire in a similar set up sparked attention from some of FM Global’s customers. The video of that test is online, but not the recent one that focused on books.

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