Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Support Staff Scholarships Available!

Are you interested in certification, attending a workshop or conference? Would you like financial assistance getting where you want to go? Then visit The OLA Support Staff Division homepage to learn more about SSD scholarships and completing the application process. We are here to help! Feel free to contact anyone on the Executive Committee with questions, comments and concerns. And don’t forget to visit our blog site at to share ideas and learn more about SSD.

Cathy Zgraggen
SSD Past Chair

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Book Mending Hands

Sometimes while mending a book, you need an extra set of hands, try this...

Using 3/4 inch ply, cut 2 boards about 10 1/2 inches high by 15 inches wide. Cut another piece, 2 1/2 to 3 inches high by 15 inches wide. Buy 4, angle brackets about 1 x 1 1/2. Buy 2 eye bolts, (1/4 by 6) and 2 wing nuts.

Drill 1/4 holes on the left and right sides of one of the 10 1/2 by 15 inch piece of board about every 1 1/2 to 2 inches the full length of the board and 1 hole in the middle on each side of the 2 1/2 to 3 by 15 piece. You will use these holes for the eye bolts. Now place and screw the angle bracket at each end of the board and on both sides, creating a support foot. Taking the remaining piece and laying it down flat, place the board with the holes and brackets on top and center it. Now screw the angle brackets to this piece.

Placing the eye bolts thru the large piece and thru the smaller one, (as shown) you can adjust the thickness of the homemade vise and the height. Just unscrew the bolts and place it in the appropriate hole for the height of the book.

Your finished product....