Blog topic: Preservation

Elizabeth Boyne and Sarah Newton, Conservation Technicians in Conservation Services

Preservation Week: 5 questions with Elizabeth Boyne and Sarah Newton

April 25, 2017
by Richenda Brim

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!

Kam Chan, Systems Administrator, Digital Library Systems and Services

Preservation Week: 5 questions with Kam Chan

April 25, 2017
by Richenda Brim

Our Preservation Week Q&A series continues today with Kam Chan, Systems Administrator in Digital Library Systems and Services. DLSS provides access systems, digitization, and digital preservation for Stanford Libraries. The department collaborates across the Libraries to manage digital resources throughout their lifecycle which relies on the important technical support Kam provides.

Jeffrey Ramos and Aihua Zhang

Preservation Week: 5 questions with Jeffrey Ramos and Aihua Zhang

April 24, 2017
by Richenda Brim

Our Preservation Week posts continue today with Jeffrey Ramos and Aihua Zhang from the Binding and Finishing unit. Our Binding and Finishing team prepares the general collection print and media materials for shelving, reformatting, and commercial bindery. Their work helps prolong the useful life of our circulating collections. Jeff and Aihua are the most recent full-time additions to this group, joining as permanent staff about six months apart in 2015 and 2016.

For more information about Preservation Week including resources, quick tips, and free webinars you can visit the American Library Association’s Preservation Week website.

Cathy Aster

Preservation Week: 5 questions with Cathy Aster

April 24, 2017
by Richenda Brim

This week, libraries around the country will share preservation tips and stories for the American Library Association’s annual Preservation Week. You can find preservation resources, quick tips, and free webinars on the Preservation Week site covering the spectrum of collection care from textiles to personal digital archives. We will spend this week meeting some of the people that support preservation and conservation activities across Stanford Libraries. Team members from Preservation and Digital Library Systems and Services have answered five questions about themselves and their work on the long-term care of our books, archives, audio-visual resources, and born-digital files.

We kick off our Preservation Week posts with Cathy Aster, Service Manager in Digital Library Systems and Services.

Lockss logo

Changing LOCKSS

You may already know the story of LOCKSS’ beginnings (PDF).

On a fall day in 1999, a hike in the woods became the backdrop for a spontaneous problem-solving session on the preservation gap affecting online journals. The hikers, an electronic serials librarian (Vicky Reich) and a computer scientist (David Rosenthal), sketched out a plan to replicate the incidentally distributed, redundant architecture by which print journals had been preserved, in a digital system. They brought the proposal to the Stanford University Librarian, Michael Keller, who famously blessed the project with the admonition, “don’t cost me any money; don’t get me into trouble; do what you want.”

Image of John Wayne paper based disc

An interdisciplinary solution to sound recording preservation

September 22, 2016
by Nathan Coy

Earlier this year the Stanford Media Preservation Lab and Conservation Lab were tasked with figuring out how to playback severely warped paper based disc sound recordings. The recordings in question are from a three disc set titled Man-Talk by Three Great Western Stars and each one-sided disc in the set features a single monologue by John Wayne, Bill Elliott, or Johnny Mack Brown.

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