Library Binding Survey Project Team


Conducts an environmental scan of libraries and library binding vendors on the current state of library binding as a preservation method; identifies common concerns and issues about the future of library binding; gathers and analyzes data about audience needs; and makes recommendations based on this analysis.


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About this Project Team


  • Survey results and analysis, compilation of major issues facing libraries who use library binding services (Spring 2023);
  • Presentation of the final report at ALA Annual Conference Preservation Interest Group. (Summer 2023);
  • Core Google Drive folder to collect documentation that can be handed off if this group continues after 2023;
  • Recommendations for actions to take at the Core IG level.

Options to be explored

  • Continuing with this survey yearly, every other year, or never again
  • Creating a Library Binding Interest Group within Core Metadata & Collections

Expected Time Commitment

  • Team members will meet twice monthly from March 2022 until completed. 
  • Additional time may be needed for research and analysis.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Project management skills;
  • Understanding of basic survey design, implementation, and analysis;
  • Ability to present findings in a clear and concise manner both in writing and in person.