Introduction

Dear Colleagues,

I am currently investigating the systems used in museums and libraries to display bound books, and would be very grateful if you would take 3 minutes to complete this survey. 

My objective is to understand the challenges we face, and to identify a functional and sustainable system which could be adapted for the display of books here at the Chester Beatty, Dublin.

I hope to share the results of this survey at the IADA 2022 conference: Before, during and after Covid 19: Exploring the Compromises between Exhibition and Preservation to be held online from 14th to 17th February, 2022.  

If there is anything else you would like to add, or if you would be able share images of the systems you are using, please send them to me at: jpoirier@cbl.ie  

Thank you in advance for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Julia Poirier

Book & Paper Conservator

Chester Beatty

Dublin, Ireland

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* 1. What system of book cradle/support do you currently use to display bound books?

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* 2. When was this system introduced

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* 3. Where did you get the design?

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* 4. Is the system made in-house or by external suppliers?

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* 5. What are the main criteria for designing your book cradle? (please select 3 answers only)

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* 6. Can the cradle be re-used for another book or a different opening?

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* 7. Is the display angle adjustable?

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* 8. Are you happy with the system?

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* 9. Do you store the cradles for future use?

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* 10. Do you use different systems for larger/heavier size books?

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