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Thursday, June 1 • 2:30pm - 4:30pm
(Book & Paper) Library Collections Conservation Discussion Group - Unexpectedly Expert: Diversifying your skills to cover all the bases

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In keeping with the general meeting theme of Innovation in Conservation and Collection Care, the Library Collections Conservation Discussion Group (LCCDG) will feature a panel of speakers, comprised of emerging, mid-career and highly experienced conservators, who will share their experiences facing a variety of professional challenges that fell outside of their immediate area of expertise. In these short talks, listed below, panelists will present examples of single-item treatments, collection care projects, innovative ideas for lab workflows and collaborative strategies, as well as theoretical and ethical considerations inherent in their decision making process. The presentations will be followed by a moderated question and answer discussion session between the panelists and audience.

3-dimensional Objects In The Archives
Sonya Barron, Iowa State University
Description: This talk will focus on preservation concerns and strategies for a variety of 3 dimensional materials in an archives setting, including perishable items. Specific case studies will be supplemented by tips and explanations from a conservator of ethnographic and archaeological objects, with whom I was able to consult. 

Reaching Out: Getting Help When You Need It
Deborah Howe, Dartmouth College
Description: Focusing on two conservation projects which incorporated outside help and input, this talk will explore the different approaches to begin and execute treatment on a collection of papyri and a large Antiphonal. 

To Catch a Tiger: Caring for Stitched Treasures in the Stacks
Elizabeth Stone, University of Iowa
Janet Lee, New-York Historical Society
Description: When confronted with a delightful group of dolls and fabric slippers, Beth sought the guidance of Janet, relying on available technology for long-distance communication. Together they developed examination and storage methods that best suited these textile objects in a library collection.

Developing Leadership Skills in Conservation
Ashleigh Schieszer, The Preservation Lab
Description: As a young professional with new management responsibilities, what do you do if you find yourself well versed in treatment and bench work, but lacking in management and supervisory skills? In this talk, resources and personal discoveries will be shared along with examples of management challenges and the innovative solutions used to overcome them.

I learned it by watching you!
Suzy Morgan, Arizona State University
Description: Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, it's now easier and cheaper to make videos - and the field of conservation and preservation is finally starting to embrace this medium of the moment. I discovered a variety of videos that helped me improve my practices as a conservator, and learn how to safely care for some of the items in my care that were outside of my knowledge area. I also was able to use video as a teaching medium while doing a week-long conservation and preservation workshop in Myanmar, and will share tips on what worked and what needed to go back to the drawing board.

How do I build this?
Justin P. Johnson, University of Washington
Description: This presentation will relate the experience of University of Washington staff in becoming fluent in the language of construction, engineering and design. Specific strategies for overcoming the language barrier and effectively communicating unique equipment design goals will be shared.

What could possibly go wrong?
Susan Russick, Northwestern University
Description: Do I have the knowledge, skills, and logistical ability to treat that object? What will happen to it if I don't? A series of mini-case studies illustrates the risks and benefits of treatment for various objects. In some cases I sought help, while in others I plunged in myself, and in many I gained the wisdom of hindsight.

Moderator(s)
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Angela Andres-[PA]

Special Collections Conservator, University of Kansas Libraries
Angela Andres is special collections conservator at the University of Kansas Libraries. Prior to coming to KU she worked as a conservator at New York University Libraries, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Angela received her BFA in Printmaking... Read More →
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Sofia I. Barron

Conservator, Iowa State University Library
Sonya Barron is a conservator for special collections at Iowa State University Library in Ames. She specializes in books and paper and has previously worked at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA and at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. She started... Read More →
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Anahit Campbell

Book Conservator, Conservation Science Student, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Anahit Campbell is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a graduate student in analytical chemistry at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She holds a B.A. in art history and B.S. in chemistry both from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a Graduate Diploma in Book Conservation... Read More →

Speaker(s)
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Deborah Howe

Collections Conservator, Dartmouth College Library
Deborah is the Collections Conservator at Dartmouth College Library, where she has been for over ten years. Previously, she directed the conservation lab at Northwestern University Library. She has taught book arts at Columbia Center for Paper and Book, the Newberry Library, the Paper... Read More →
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Justin P. Johnson

Conservator, University of Washington Libraries
Justin Johnson, Senior Conservator at University of Washington Libraries, has been working in conservation professionally for 10 years. He earned an M.A. in Conservation Science from the University of Sussex and West Dean College in Chichester, United Kingdom, and a B.A. from the... Read More →
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Janet Lee

Conservation Assistant, New-York Historical Society
Janet Lee is the Conservation Assistant in the Book and Paper Conservation Department of the New-York Historical Society's Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. She holds a BA in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and is currently pursuing a Masters in Fashion and Textile Studies at the... Read More →
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Suzanne Morgan

Conservator, Arizona State University Libraries
Suzy Morgan is a graduate of the conservation program at the University of Texas at Austin. She has had conservation internships at Northwestern University Libraries, Syracuse University Library, and has also worked as a conservator in private practice. Currently she is the Conservator... Read More →
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Susan Russick

Conservator, Northwestern University Library
Susan is currently the Special Collections Conservator at Northwestern University Library. She holds a BA in Art from Northern Illinois University and an MLIS in Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin. She first fell in love with conservation while working at Smithsonian’s... Read More →
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Ashleigh Schieszer

Co-manager of the Preservation Lab and Conservator of Special Collections, The Preservation Lab
Ashleigh is the conservator of special collections and co-manager of the Preservation Lab, a collaborative hybrid lab of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and the University of Cincinnati Libraries in Ohio. Ashleigh’s passion for conservation began in wallpaper... Read More →
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Elizabeth Stone

Assistant Conservator, University of Iowa Libraries
Elizabeth Stone is the Assistant Conservator at the University of Iowa Libraries. She holds a BFA from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and an MFA from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She assisted with collection salvage response in Iowa after the floods of... Read More →


Thursday June 1, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Regency A-B Ballroom Level, West Tower

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