The Lives and Deaths of Academic Library Staplers

Documenting the destruction of public staplers at an academic library reference desk.
Nine new staplers awaiting deployment.

Nine new staplers awaiting deployment.

This new Commercial Desk Stapler ($26.55 retail) will anchor the fleet of new staplers being deployed on Aug. 25.

This new Commercial Desk Stapler ($26.55 retail) will anchor the fleet of new staplers being deployed on Aug. 25.

This beast will staple through 160 pages. I’m guessing our students will try to staple 161.

This beast will staple through 160 pages. I’m guessing our students will try to staple 161.

This Optima 20 electric stapler has a red light that flashes when there is a jam. Retail price: $105.85.

This boxy 767 “premium commercial stapler” looks like a Volvo. It retails for $46.10. Look for it at the reference desk starting August 25.

This boxy 767 “premium commercial stapler” looks like a Volvo. It retails for $46.10. Look for it at the reference desk starting August 25.

This 747 Business desk stapler is coated with an antimicrobial agent.

This 747 Business desk stapler is coated with an antimicrobial agent.

This is an Optima 70 “reduced effort stapler.” It boasts “quiet operation” and a “jam free guarantee” for 2-70 sheets. We’ll see.

This is an Optima 70 “reduced effort stapler.” It boasts “quiet operation” and a “jam free guarantee” for 2-70 sheets. We’ll see.

This is a polished chrome Collectors Edition 747 Swingline stapler from their Professional Plus Series. Retail price: $42.65. Leave your fingerprints on it at the library’s reference desk beginning August 25.

This is a polished chrome Collectors Edition 747 Swingline stapler from their Professional Plus Series. Retail price: $42.65. Leave your fingerprints on it at the library’s reference desk beginning August 25.

I chose a cat “skin” for the library’s customizable “Fashion Stapler.” This stapler will be deployed on August 25.

This is a red Swingline 747 Business desk stapler. It is “designed for long-term use” and features a “100% Performance Guarantee.”

Note: I will be profiling one new stapler per week as we lead up to the start of the fall 2014 semester. The new staplers will be made available on August 25. Thanks again, Swingline!

This is a red Swingline 747 Business desk stapler. It is “designed for long-term use” and features a “100% Performance Guarantee.”

Note: I will be profiling one new stapler per week as we lead up to the start of the fall 2014 semester. The new staplers will be made available on August 25. Thanks again, Swingline!