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.
Blog topic: Preservation
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.
On Saturday, 28 April 2018, from 1:30-3:30 pm, 41 attendees from the ACS Silicon Valley Section and from Stanford University met at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station (HMS) in Pacific Grove.
For the first hour Dr. Amanda Whitmire, Head Librarian of Hopkins Miller Library and Assistant Director for the Station, covered the history of the Station and a long-term collaborative research project for collecting oceanographic data. Her presentation also included her discovery of this data in the Library and her recent efforts to preserve and provide broader access to this data by having it digitized.
On June 19th 2017, the Stanford Open Policing Project launched its website to provide access to the data collected about police stops around the country and to provide information about research that this data is driving. Stanford Libraries is pleased to be a partner in the long-term preservation of this data, which has been deposited into the Stanford Digital Repository (SDR).
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.
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!