Charles Zarobila (Street Articles Author)
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My name is Charles Zarobila. I am currently the Curator of Special Collections at the Grasselli Library, John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, USA.

I have spent much of my career teaching or working in an academic library setting. I cannot think of a time when I have not been interested in literature and art. The history of the book is a special interest of mine at present.

I have degrees from the following places: Ohio State University PhD, Syracuse University MA, and John Carroll University BA.

The Bone Folder: An Indispensable Tool for Bookbinding And Paper Crafts
An indispensable tool for bookbinding is the “bone folder.” Once, when I had the chance of learning from, and working with, a master bookbinder, he held up his hands: one hand contained a clean rag and the other contained a bone folder. “These are the two most important tools for…
By:  in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Mar 01, 2012  
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Colophon: An Interesting Term for the Book Collector
When we want to find the essential identifying information about a book, we turn to the title page. There we find the title, author, publisher, and date of publication. But in the earliest days of printing with very early books, this kind of information was not at the beginning of…
By:  in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Feb 28, 2012  
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Japanese Paper for Book Repair
I once visited a book repair work area on a tour of a library. The supervisor in the room told me they were using “Japanese paper” to repair books. This paper sounded sort of special, and they did not go into any detail about how they were using it. I…
By:  in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Feb 27, 2012  
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Simple But Good Book Repair Paste
You have heard it, and it is true. The last thing you would probably want to do to mend a torn page in a book is to place a piece of “scotch tape” on it. It looks okay at first. But it will discolor over time and probably do more…
By:  in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Feb 25, 2012  
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Book Collecting Online
For many years I have collected books by patiently searching the stacks and corners of bookstores for both new and used books. Also, I have spent much time browsing through book catalogs that booksellers have mailed to me. I have enjoyed doing these things. But in recent years, I have…
By:  in  Shopping and Product Reviews   Feb 23, 2012  
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