DO NOT check wet materials in. Print out an item record for each title in order to identify the patron for possible billing. Identify materials as wet or damaged--include the date returned, your name, and any comments offered by the patron.
* Notify the billing staff immediately to coordinate with Preservation Department repair staff, to determine further preservation and/or billing action. If billing or repair personnel are not available (nights or weekends), proceed with the following actions to prevent mold growth and excessive damage to the books or journals. * Contact repair staff as soon as possible.
End product: The dry book may show water or dirt stains, and the pages may be wavy, but the book should be fully serviceable. Books can be pressed, repaired, or rebound after drying is complete.
If damaged books belonging to another unit are returned to your branch, contact that branch immediately for instructions on handling the materials and billing responsibilities. Make note of the patron's name, date returned, etc., as outlined above. If a book is moldy with no apparent dampness, DO NOT box up; keeping books in a confined space will encourage further mold growth. Contact Preservation Department staff for immediate action.
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