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).
Blog topic: Preservation
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.
By Beth Ryan and Jill Sison
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.
Tiny books, x-rays, and ancient texts: a year as an intern at Stanford Libraries' Conservation Services
Michelle C. Smith will give a presentation on her final year of graduate school in the Buffalo State College Art Conservation Program. This will include her 2017 summer internship at the Bibliothèque nationale de France and her year spent working at Stanford Libraries' Conservation Services under Kristen St. John and David Brock.
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.
Conservation Services in Redwood City welcomes new staff member, Ryan Lieu, this week. Ryan will be our Conservation Operations Coordinator (a new position). He'll be managing our logistics, workflow, and tracking as well as helping with documentation, exhibits, and a wide range of other projects including assisting with our move to our new lab across the street next summer.