New Head of Preservation Appointed

I‘m very pleased to announce that Richenda Brim joined Stanford Libraries on November 10, 2014, as our new Head of Preservation.  Richenda has had a rich history in Preservation, from the repair of books to paper conservation, from the formulation of preservation assessments to recovery plans.  Richenda comes to us from the Getty Research Institute where she most recently has served as Librarian for Administration and Special Projects, focusing on collection digitization, recovery planning and grant-funded projects.

Outside of her position at the GRI, Richenda has been active in the broader world of preservation making such presentations as Digitizing the Duveen Bros. Records and Beyond the Book: Preservation of non-Codex Library Materials.

Richenda, as Head of the Preservation Department, will not only be responsible for assuring that Stanford's resources are accessible to current and future generations of scholars and students but fill a tactical role in managing and enhancing the programs which preserve library assets in all formats. She will become our preservation conscience, activist, and leader; taking the chief role in our collection life-cycle management as new resources are acquired, processed, reformatted, used, and stored.  Most importantly, Richenda will be responsible for the investigation of new strategies and technologies to address challenges to long-term preservation and access as an increasing rich treasure of primary resources, both physical and digital, are added to the University's collections.

Richenda holds a MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA in Art History from Loyola Marymount University.  She has also pursued additional studies in special collections librarianship and the identification of illustration processes from the California Rare Book School.

Richenda’s office will be on the fourth floor of Lathrop Library.  She can be contacted at (650-724-2958) or rbrim@stanford.edu.  I could not be more pleased that Richenda has joined us. Please join me in giving her a very warm welcome to Stanford Libraries.

By Philip Schreur