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ALCTS E-Forum: Book Treatment and Conservation Labs

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 9:00 am to Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 5:00 pm, US/Central

Book Treatment and Conservation Labs

December 11-12, 2012

Hosted by Jennifer Hain Teper and Eric Alstrom

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone! 
Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, sessions begin and end at:

Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm 
Eastern: 10am – 6pm


The planning for and managing in-house conservation treatment and/or book repair encompasses many considerations.  To set up a program, issues of designing and constructing laboratory or treatment space, training and hiring skilled staff, and purchasing supplies are all huge undertakings.  Ongoing management of programs must constantly balance the needs of the Library with available options and cost.   This e-form will facilitate discussion on the current management of library conservation or book repair programs and their role and practices in modern libraries.  We invite participation from those with active programs or those considering programs to participate with questions, ideas, and experiences.

Topics will include:

  • Planning for conservation
  • Selection for treatment
  • Treatment options, both in-house and outsourced
  • Considerations in the design of an in-house conservation lab
  • Staff training

Jennifer Hain Teper is Head of Preservation and Conservation, University Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MSLIS and CAS in the conservation of library and archive materials in 2000.  She oversaw the construction of the University of Illinois’ hybrid conservation lab, which opened in 2006. Since that time she has fielded numerous calls and visits from others looking to design or renovate a conservation lab.

Eric Alstrom is Head of Conservation at the Wallace Conservation Laboratory at the Michigan State University Libraries.  He received his MILS from the University of Michigan, where he also apprenticed in conservation under James Craven at the Bentley Historical Library. Previously he has been the conservator at Ohio University and Dartmouth College. At all three institutions, he has designed new or renovated existing conservation labs; he is currently settling into his new conservation lab, the second he has designed for MSU.

To Register

Instructions for registration are available at: http://bit.ly/eforuminfo. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.