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Re: [BKARTS] Question re "liquid gloves"



That is quite interesting about the yellowing. I was told by the Rare Books
Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that they
provide the Purell to remove oil from patrons' hands. Of course, this is
only for patrons accessing books, manuscripts, and other paper-based
materials. Anyone wanting photographs must wear white cotton gloves.

I would also be interested if anyone finds any research on this topic. Our
Special Collections at Illinois State University is also pondering how to
make sure patrons' hands are clean and not oily before they touch the
materials.

Heather

-----Original Message-----
From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Marguerite Radhakrishnan
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 9:31 AM
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [BKARTS] Question re "liquid gloves"

Now, I've come across that before, and that's the thing that amuses me
-- I do whitework (tatting, crochet, bobbin lace, etc.), and also
spent some time as a substitute teacher in a school that has Purell
dispensers everywhere, but very few opportunities to wash hands (even
in the bathroom -- you can *sanitize* your hands, but not actually
remove anything with soap, which struck me as rather gross).  I found
that post-Purell work would yellow much faster than my standard
post-soap work, so, in addition to the obvious fact that Purell
removes nothing (just kills germs -- and we're not concerned about the
books catching communicable disease?), I'm rather suspicious of the
statement that it leaves no residue.  The Purell website claims that
it leaves no *sticky* residue, but not that it leaves no residue at
all... Even the basic formula (not the ones with fancy scents or
lotions or aloe) includes glycerin and fragrance, as well as
tocopheryl acetate (a form of every conservator's enemy, acetic
acid!), which are all things being added to the skin in addition to
whatever dirt and grease you're disinfecting-but-not-removing... I'd
be interested if anyone's actually done any studies on it, though!

--Marguerite Radhakrishnan



On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 9:25 AM, Heather Marie Kosur <hmkosur@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:
> Marguerite,
>
> I know that the Rare Book and Manuscripts Library provides regular Purell
> for its patrons to use before handling materials. As far as I know, as
long
> as the Purell is completely dry before touching any materials, the product
> does not leave any residue. Good luck!
>
> Heather Marie Kosur
> Milner Library
> Illinois State University
>

                                    
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