The Lives and Deaths of Academic Library Staplers

Documenting the destruction of public staplers at an academic library reference desk.
The Heavy Duty Stapler had a nasty jam; it was repaired with the use of round nosed pliers.

The Heavy Duty Stapler had a nasty jam; it was repaired with the use of round nosed pliers.

The Optima 70 has been repaired. The carriage release was stuck and had to be pried open with a screwdriver. “Jam free guarantee” = FAIL.

The Optima 70 has been repaired. The carriage release was stuck and had to be pried open with a screwdriver. “Jam free guarantee” = FAIL.

Only five days into the semester, the big staplers have been pulled from the reference desk for repair.

Update: All nine new staplers survived the first day of the fall semester without incident.

Update: All nine new staplers survived the first day of the fall semester without incident.

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.