I had the pleasure of attending the recent open house held at Academy Hall on Stanford's Redwood City campus, which houses the Media Preservation Lab, Conservation Services, and much of the Department of Special Collections. Here are some things that caught my eye:
Blog topic: Preservation
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.
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