Blog topic: Preservation

photo of David Brock, book conservator

Book Conservator David Brock to retire

May 6, 2019
by Kristen St.John

After 20+ years of service to the Stanford Libraries, rare book conservator David Brock is retiring at the end of May. We are so happy to acknowledge the great contributions he has made to both the collections and the people of Stanford Libraries.

Celebrating Preservation Week 2019

April 22, 2019
by Annie Matthys

This week (April 21 - April 27, 2019) is Preservation Week, a week devoted to, “…highlight[ing] what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections” (American Library Association).

A wet library book sits on a shelf, swollen from the moisture retained in its pages. Fuzzy, green mold is growing on the book.

Collections emergency response drop-in workshops

April 9, 2019
by Annie Matthys

A flood in the library caused by a burst pipe.

An accidental fire sprinkler discharge resulting in a voluminous mist spraying down on bookshelves.

Heavy rains lead to an unexpected roof leak in the early hours of the morning.

These scenarios strike fear in the heart of any person working in libraries and archives as they think of precious collections potentially being damaged beyond repair. Unfortunately, these scenarios aren't just the stuff of bad dreams: a water disaster - big or small - can happen at the most unsuspecting of times. 

Annie Matthys

Preservation welcomes Annie Matthys

September 6, 2018
by Richenda Brim

This week the Preservation department welcomes our new staff member, Annie Matthys, to the position of Preservation Specialist. In her new position, Annie will handle preventive preservation tasks, including environmental monitoring, pest management, preservation education and maintenance of the collection emergency response plan, as well as department projects. She will be a primary point of contact for collection preservation issues.

Signal Chain: an unconference for media preservation professionals

August 11, 2018
by Hannah Frost

On July 17-18, the Stanford Media Preservation Lab team welcomed a small group of media preservation professionals from around the region and across the country to our home on the Stanford Redwood City campus for two days of “unconferencing". While Stanford has been a leader in media preservation among academic libraries for over a decade, this was our first time hosting a community-oriented event with the goal of advancing our collective work: to ensure ongoing, long-term access to audiovisual recordings of all kinds in the interest of scholarly research, artistic continuity, and the public good.

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