Blog topic: Preservation
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.
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 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.