CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Dec. 7, 2001
'Book Drop' vending machine offers unique holiday gift
University of Iowa bookCenter for the Book studies
students are offering a unique holiday gift idea along with an unusual shopping
experience. Handmade books and kits for binding your own books are available
at a new "Book Drop" vending machine installed in the North Lobby of the University
of Iowa's Main Library. The book arts vending project grew out of a class
offered at the UI Librariesy, Structure of the Handmade Book. The class is
a collaborative effort by the UI Center for the Book (UICB) and the UI Libraries.
The machine is stocked with a selection of items bound
to delight any book lover, including Ethiopian bookbinding kits, Japanese
stab bindings, and long-stitch bindings ideal for personal notes. Items range
in price from $5 to $15. Aramark Incorporated is providing the vending machine
and technical support for the project. Income from sales of the books and
kits will benefit the development of UI book studies curriculum.
"The book is often taken for granted," says Kristin
Baum, assistant conservator and UICB UI Center for the Book student. "This
project is a great opportunity for us not only to educate the UI community
about the Center for the Book, but also to excite others about the diversity
and rich history of the book. By placing historical book structures in an
unusual and contemporary context--the vending machine--we are urging people
to consider the book from a new perspective."
The Center for the Book at the UI has some of the
best facilities and staff in the world for the study of the physical book
and the role of the book in culture. The UICB
also produces specialized handmade papers used in
rare book and art conservation, and hand printed literary fine press books.
The UI Libraries Conservation Unit provides physical treatment for all of
the libraries collections, both circulating and non-circulating, rare books,
and manuscripts. UI Libraries hold unique collections related to book studies
including a collection of historical book binding models. The UI Libraries
and the UI Center for the Book collaborate on projects and programs that will
enhance access to and appreciation for the written record in all of its various
For more information contact Tim Barrett, director,
UI Center for the Book at (319) 331-5013 or Gary Frost, University Conservator
at (319) 335-5908.