Collections Conservation

The General Collections Conservation Unit is responsible for assessing and treating circulating and reference collections. The Unit is housed in the Reyniers Building and is supported by conservator Liz Dube, collections conservation technician Tosha McComb, and student assistants.

Unit staff provide preventative and remedial physical treatment that enables collections to continue to be used in their original format. Treatment techniques are standardized and work is batched, serving the goals of: efficiency, aesthetic appropriateness, and structural/chemical soundness. Treatments typically performed by collections conservation staff include pamphlet binding, paper mending, hinging in loose pages, reattaching covers, rebinding, and constructing protective enclosures.

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