Blog topic: Preservation

Aisha Wahab conserving a scroll

Conservation Services welcomes paper conservator Aisha Wahab

October 7, 2019
by Kristen St.John

Conservation Services welcomed Aisha Wahab on September 9, 2019 to serve as Stanford Libraries first full-time paper conservator. She will be working on collection materials including maps, broadsides, deeds, posters, and other items made of paper or parchment. She’s already begun consulting with Special Collections staff on housing flat paper materials in archival collections. She’ll be part of our “conservation office hour” visits.

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. 

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