Enabling Project: Swirl Books

We are finding many challenges in preparing our materials for the upcoming move. Erin Hammeke, Special Collections Conservator, shares the following find from her work as the project coordinator for the ledger project. As part of the enabling project we are working in our ledger collection to prepare these materials for the move. The Mooresville … Continue reading Enabling Project: Swirl Books

Enabling Project: The Ledgers (with guest star William Morris)

As part of the Enabling Project we have reached the ledgers section. Our ledgers contain just about any type of western-style binding (sewn, posts, mechanical, etc.)  and binding material (leather, cloth, corduroy) you can imagine. They can be very small, or so big they require two people to carry them. Erin is the project leader … Continue reading Enabling Project: The Ledgers (with guest star William Morris)

Enabling Project: Starting the E’s (aka the bound monographs)

The first Enabling Project underway is to review the bound monographs that are housed across five floors of stacks to determine if they are in good enough condition to move without causing damage. Our student assistants are reviewing each book to find broken or loose sewing, loose or detached boards or spines, detached pages, etc. … Continue reading Enabling Project: Starting the E’s (aka the bound monographs)

1091 Project: Student Perspectives, pt. 2

This month on the 1091 Project we hear from our student assistant, KellyNoel Waldorf, who started in Conservation as part of the enabling project. We were lucky enough to get her to stay on and continue working after that project was finished. She has been a great addition to our team and we love having … Continue reading 1091 Project: Student Perspectives, pt. 2

1091 Project: Student Perspectives (pt. 1)

This month on the 1091 Project we are talking about one of our greatest assets, our student assistants. Like most academic departments, we hire students to help with the day-to-day operations of the lab. We usually have two students who work a total of twenty hours per week during the school year. Occasionally we hire … Continue reading 1091 Project: Student Perspectives (pt. 1)

1091 Project: Portrait of the Student Technician

This month on the 1091 Project we discuss an essential part of almost every conservation department, student technicians. Without our students we could not keep up with the sheer amount of materials that come to the lab. This week is spring break, so I can’t show you pictures of our wonderful students, KellyNoel, Kaiti and … Continue reading 1091 Project: Portrait of the Student Technician

1091 Project: Today In The Lab

We have been so busy with renovation projects that we forgot that today was a scheduled 1091 post. Instead of a long, thoughtful expose on a current conservation topic, Melissa and I will share some images of what is happening in our labs today. Think of it as a glimpse behind the scenes. Parks Library … Continue reading 1091 Project: Today In The Lab