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Preservation/conservation internship

Earlier this month, I started a three-month-long preservation/conservation internship at the Baker Library, Harvard Business School. The library has both general (circulating and serials) and what they call historical (special and archives) collections. Unlike my work at Beatley, which is largely unsupervised (at least in terms of specific repairs), the internship offers me a lot […]

Workbench discovery: Map

I’ve written very little about my work at Beatley, mostly because it was such a busy term for me. But I do have a few interesting tidbits I’d like to share—interesting discoveries I’ve made while working on different books. These “Workbench discovery” entries will probably be short, but I hope they’ll always be fun. This […]

In the news: Miscellaneous

There’s no theme for this installment of “In the news”—so let’s get right down to it, shall we? From Worcester Telegram & Gazette Have you ever wondered what it’s like being a conservator? This brief piece presents an interview of Babette Gehnrich, chief conservator at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, that provides a bit of […]

Hello, new job!

In September, I had the luck of landing a part-time job at Simmons College’s Beatley Library, as the book mending and repair student worker. It’s been a great experience already. (And many thanks to Jillian and Judy for allowing me to write about those experiences here!) Because there’s no preservation librarian at Beatley, the book repair […]

Dust jacket repair

During a recent visit to my favorite used book store, the Brattle Book Shop, I stumbled across a book that I thought would make a great gift for a friend of mine, who will soon be moving out to Chicago to start work on a Ph.D. in astrophysics. In light of the skills I’ve learned […]

Preservation and conservation services at the MIT libraries

During the last session of my Collection Maintenance class, we visited Preservation and Conservation Services at the MIT Libraries, housed in the Wunsch Conservation Laboratory. Located in the basement of Hayden Library, the department handles preservation; reformatting; shelf, exhibit, and disaster preparation; conservation treatment; and outreach. We spent some time talking with both Anne Marie Willer, […]

Acme Bookbinding and Harcourt Bindery

On Friday, our class had the privilege of touring Acme Bookbinding (and the connected Harcourt Bindery). Acme is a family business based in Charlestown, MA, and it’s an impressive operation (you can read about the company’s history here). The president, Paul Parisi, took two hours out of his busy day to show us around, and it was […]

Exhibition mounts

One of the best ways to promote an institution’s collections—especially special collections and archives—is through exhibitions. There are a number of points to consider when putting on an exhibition, but there are plenty of resources available on this topic, and since I don’t have any direct experience putting on an exhibit, I won’t be going […]