Donia Conn

I think, to help make this a better conversation, we should all try to be specific in what sorts of collections objects we are referring to when we are advocating for or rejecting the wearing of gloves. I can understand their value when working with museum objects but for library and archival material (paper, not photographs or film), even the nitrile gloves are overkill in my opinion. Just based on how people use these collections (and use is heavy in many areas), clean hands are much more efficient and just as safe as nitrile gloves. I would love to hear from others with collection specifics to better understand your responses. Thank you.