Michigan State University

Starting on Thursday, December 23, 2021, MeLCat Borrowing and Lending will be suspended while the MSU Libraries undergoes a significant software transition.

MSU students, staff, and faculty can continue to utilize interlibrary loan by placing requests through the MSU Libraries Interlibrary Services department. Community patrons will not be able to use MeLCat through the MSU Libraries during this time, but they can continue to do so using their local public library.

Binding Preparation

The mission of the Binding Preparation unit is to support the preservation activities and processes of the MSU Libraries. The unit coordinates the binding and rebinding of books and journals for the Main Library and branch libraries through a commercial bindery. The library's current binding contract is with the HF Group. In addition to the selection and preparation of materials to be bound, the unit is responsible for the mass deacidification of new materials and other collections of distinction. The Binding Preparation unit is also responsible for shrink wrapping materials that are too brittle to be bound. Other duties performed by the unit include: quality control of materials returned from the commercial bindery; determining the appropriate treatment for materials in disrepair; creating pockets for supplementary materials; ordering custom-made boxes for certain items; creation and maintenance of records in the online catalog; and environmental monitoring.

Staff Directory

Eric Alstrom, Acting Head of Binding Preparation

Karen Keck, Library Assistant

Louis Villafranca, Library Assistant