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Elizabeth Ryan, Conservator, Conservation Services

Preservation Week: 5 questions with Elizabeth Ryan

April 25, 2017
by Richenda Brim

Caring for our physical and digital collections relies on a dedicated team of experts across the Stanford Libraries. We hope you've enjoyed meeting a few of the people behind our preservation program this week. You can learn more about Preservation Week and find preservation resources, quick tips, and free webinars covering the spectrum of collection care from textiles to personal digital archives on the Preservation Week site.

We are wrapping up our Preservation Week Q&A series today with Elizabth Ryan, Conservator in Conservation Services.

Elizabeth Boyne and Sarah Newton, Conservation Technicians in Conservation Services

Preservation Week: 5 questions with Elizabeth Boyne and Sarah Newton

April 25, 2017
by Richenda Brim

Our Preservation Week Q&A series turns its focus on Conservation Services today. The Conservation Services team plays a primary role in the care of library collections. Conservators and conservation technicians treat, stabilize, and house collection items in support of patron use, digitization projects, and exhibition loans. Last year, they repaired 881 items and housed 1,806 items. Sarah Newton (right) and Elizabeth Boyne (left) share the responsibility for the collection housing work among the other tasks they describe below.

Read on to learn more about their work!

Kam Chan, Systems Administrator, Digital Library Systems and Services

Preservation Week: 5 questions with Kam Chan

April 25, 2017
by Richenda Brim

Our Preservation Week Q&A series continues today with Kam Chan, Systems Administrator in Digital Library Systems and Services. DLSS provides access systems, digitization, and digital preservation for Stanford Libraries. The department collaborates across the Libraries to manage digital resources throughout their lifecycle which relies on the important technical support Kam provides.

Jeffrey Ramos and Aihua Zhang

Preservation Week: 5 questions with Jeffrey Ramos and Aihua Zhang

April 24, 2017
by Richenda Brim

Our Preservation Week posts continue today with Jeffrey Ramos and Aihua Zhang from the Binding and Finishing unit. Our Binding and Finishing team prepares the general collection print and media materials for shelving, reformatting, and commercial bindery. Their work helps prolong the useful life of our circulating collections. Jeff and Aihua are the most recent full-time additions to this group, joining as permanent staff about six months apart in 2015 and 2016.

For more information about Preservation Week including resources, quick tips, and free webinars you can visit the American Library Association’s Preservation Week website.

Cathy Aster

Preservation Week: 5 questions with Cathy Aster

April 24, 2017
by Richenda Brim

This week, libraries around the country will share preservation tips and stories for the American Library Association’s annual Preservation Week. You can find preservation resources, quick tips, and free webinars on the Preservation Week site covering the spectrum of collection care from textiles to personal digital archives. We will spend this week meeting some of the people that support preservation and conservation activities across Stanford Libraries. Team members from Preservation and Digital Library Systems and Services have answered five questions about themselves and their work on the long-term care of our books, archives, audio-visual resources, and born-digital files.

We kick off our Preservation Week posts with Cathy Aster, Service Manager in Digital Library Systems and Services.

Charlotte Thai, Project Archivist, Special Collections

Preservation week: 5 questions with Charlotte Thai

April 29, 2016
by Richenda Brim

In our final blog post for Preservation Week we’re talking with Charlotte Thai, Project Archivist in Special Collections on the Cabrinety-NIST Project. Digital preservation, a critical concern for modern archives, is supported by the Digital Library Systems and Services department and Special Collections. From born-digital access and preservation to digital reformatting across formats, it takes a small, technically-savvy village to care for our growing digital collections.

For more information about Preservation Week including resources, quick tips, and free webinars visit the American Library Association’s Preservation Week site.

Geoff Willard, Stanford Media Preservation Lab

Preservation week: 5(plus) questions with Geoff Willard

April 28, 2016
by Richenda Brim

For today’s Preservation Week blog post we move away from book and paper preservation to meet Geoff Willard from the Stanford Media Preservation Lab (SMPL). SMPL serves to preserve and enhance access to original sound and moving image collection materials held by Stanford University Libraries.  Operations focus on creating a high-quality copy of the original content in a digital format that is easily accessed by researchers and others, and that enables ongoing, long-term management of the content for future users.

For more information about Preservation Week including resources, quick tips, and free webinars visit the American Library Association’s Preservation Week site. 

David Brock and Aude Gabory, Conservation Services

Preservation week: 5 questions with David Brock and Aude Gabory

April 27, 2016
by Richenda Brim

In today’s Preservation Week blog post we meet two members of our Conservation Services team: David Brock and Aude Gabory. Conservation Services has a central role in the preservation program through conservation treatment, external exhibit loan preparation, assessments, training, and consultation. From re-sewing a first edition of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species to repairing 18th and 19th century Japanese souvenir maps and 20th century Egyptian movie posters, conservators and technicians combine craft skills and conservation expertise to protect and prolong the useful life of collection materials.

For more information about Preservation Week including resources, quick tips, and free webinars visit the American Library Association’s Preservation Week site

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