Book Treatment and Conservation Labs
Planning for and managing in-house conservation treatment and book repair involves many considerations.
Setting up a program involves huge tasks including designing and constructing laboratory or treatment space, training and hiring skilled staff, and purchasing supplies. Ongoing management of programs must constantly balance the needs of the library with available options and cost.
The discussion will involve the current management of library conservation or book repair programs and their role and practices in modern libraries. We invite participation from those with active programs or those considering programs to participate with questions, ideas, and experiences.
- planning for conservation
- selection for treatment
- treatment options, both in-house and outsourced
- considerations in the design of an in-house conservation lab
- staff training
Who Should Attend?
Anyone with an interest in this topic can benefit from this e-forum and is welcome to participate.
Jennifer Hain Teper is Head of Preservation and Conservation, University Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MSLIS and CAS in the conservation of library and archive materials in 2000. She oversaw the construction of the University of Illinois’ hybrid conservation lab, which opened in 2006. Since that time she has fielded numerous calls and visits from others looking to design or renovate a conservation lab.
Eric Alstrom is Head of Conservation at the Wallace Conservation Laboratory at the Michigan State University Libraries. He received his MILS from the University of Michigan, where he also apprenticed in conservation under James Craven at the Bentley Historical Library. Previously he has been the conservator at Ohio University and Dartmouth College. At all three institutions, he has designed new or renovated existing conservation labs; he is currently settling into his new conservation lab, the second he has designed for MSU.
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