A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about our preservation project in the Scholastic Archive. We got a wonderful response from people who wanted to see more pictures of the Archive. How could I say no? (It is a pretty cool place, even if I am slightly biased.) There have been pictures posted of the Archive before. For this tour however, I wanted to share some pictures of parts of the archive you rarely get to see.
So today, I’d like to welcome you to your very own picture tour of the Scholastic Archive.
When you first come in, there are stacks containing the bound volumes of the Scholastic Magazines dating back to the 1920’s.
As you move farther in, you come to the loose issues of this year’s Scholastic magazines. These issues are waiting to be sent to the bindery to be become the newest set of bound volumes to be added to our collection.
Scholastic has been printing and publishing books for a long time. Need proof? These books are from before the advent of ISBNs. That means that these books were printed in the fifties and sixties. Aside from some of the oldest issues of bound volumes, these books are the most delicate in the collection.
We also have our collection of Grolier Encyclopedias. All of the books on the shelves are arranged by ISBN. Did you know that Encyclopedias can have two different sets of ISBNs? It’s true! One ISBN is for each individual book in the series and the second ISBN is for the entire run in the series. This way, if you just needed to reorder a single book from a collection of encyclopedias, you don’t have to reorder the whole new set. You just reorder the individual book you are missing. Clever, huh?
Before computers and online tagging, the way to find a book or article in the library was to use cards in file drawers. Every library used them. There would be cards for the title of the book, the author, the series, and even a card for each and every subject heading! That’s a lot of cards. Scholastic still keeps the cards that it had for its magazine archive. Yes, we’ve gone digital now but if you need an article from the 1930s or 1940s; the card catalogue is still the fastest and easiest way to locate the work in the bound volume.
And now, back to the reason we are taking this picture tour in the first place. In the white boxes are the carefully packed books waiting to be sent offsite for preservation.
Thank you so much for taking the tour of our Archive with us. Want to ask something else about our archive, please leave us a question in the comments! (You know us librarians, we love questions!)