Résumé

Email: suzyemail (at) gmail.com

Education

University of Texas at Austin, School of Information
2009, Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS)
Certificate of Advanced Study in Conservation of Library and Archival Materials

Knox College
2006, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude
Major in Anthropology, with a Minor in Biology

Conservation Work Experience

Arizona State University Library

April 2015-Present
Preservation Specialist Lead

August 2013 – April 2015
Preservation Specialist

  • Managing the daily operational activities related to the preservation and conservation of library materials.
    Supervising work activities of assigned student workers to ensure achievement of established goals.
  • Developing student worker schedules, and utilizing established volume and workflow indicators to adjust work levels accordingly to ensure continuous compliance with standards.
  • Collecting and compiling monthly statistical measures, preparing related operational and statistical reports for management.
  • Performing conservation treatments on paper and non-paper based items,such as humidifying and flattening items, cleaning paper with mechanical and aqueous methods, treating and isolating mold, removing adhesives and tape, deacidifying paper, mending tears, constructing new bindings, and creating custom enclosures and housings.
  • Utilizing electronic resources and online systems to maintain the departmental circulation accounts, charging and discharging library materials, and creating official records.
  • Reviewing and evaluating materials for conservation treatment by a commercial binder or outsourced conservation vendor.
  • Researching, reviewing, evaluating and recommending the use of new techniques, materials, and equipment.
  • Monitoring the inventory of conservation supply materials, ordering replacement supplies from vendors, and evaluating new vendor products for cost-effectiveness.
  • Monitoring the environmental conditions of library collections by using environmental monitoring equipment to record and analyze temperature and humidity data.
  • Managing and improving preservation workflows, such as simplifying the modification of item records in the catalog system for library materials sent to Preservation for treatment. This simplification reduced the amount of time needed to complete a certain task from 2 hours to 30 minutes.
  • Assisting in the hiring process for student workers by reviewing submitted applications and conducting interviews.
  • Training student workers in conservation repair techniques on general collections library materials.
    Working collaboratively with curators, administrators, staff, and patrons regarding preservation matters, policies, procedures, and standards.
The Newberry (Library)

November 2012-July 2013
Conservation Lab Volunteer

  • Performed conservation treatments on paper-based items, which included mending and resewing a collection of 18th century French pamphlets.
  • Assisted in the installation of exhibit materials in the Newberry Library exhibition galleries.
Syracuse University

July 2011 – September 2011
Gaylord Brothers Preservation Intern (Full-time, paid position)

  • Performed a variety of conservation treatments on special collections items, including resewing, paper washing, repairing bindings, making new bindings, and mending paper.
  • Studied and completed models of several historical bookbinding styles.
  • Submitted a custom-made book to the annual themed bookbinding contest of the Bonefolder journal.
  • Designed and constructed mounts for many of the plastic objects in the exhibition “Just One Word: Plastics”.
  • Created an online book binding dictionary, which developed into the Multilingual Bookbinding Dictionary, a wiki with thousands of bookbinding, and conservation terms in more than seven languages.
Conservation Consultant

January 2011 – Present

  • Completed a preservation assessment survey for a small academic archives, which included surveying several different rooms containing thousands of items. Took environmental monitoring data, observational notes, interviewed staff, and wrote a report summarizing the findings and suggestions for improvement so as to best preserve their collection.
  • Completed conservation treatments on books, and digitized photographs for private clients. These included a small edition binding (5 volumes) of poetry chapbooks, as well as other repairs such as paper mending, rebacking, resewing, and rebinding.
  • Answered emailed questions from members of the community about how best to preserve their personal books and other archival items.
  • Maintained several blogs that discussed various topics about the preservation and conservation of library materials.
Conservator (Private Client), Chicago, IL

October 2009-December 2010
Conservator and Archivist

Hired as a contract conservation consultant by a private collector of archival and historical materials. The collection consisted of over 3,000 items that included paper documents, books, scrapbooks, photographs, textiles, and military artifacts such as uniforms and weaponry.

  • Established and supervised a temporary conservation lab in the client’s multi-room office, which was shared by other staff members.
  • Evaluated and ordered conservation and preservation supplies, such as materials for constructing custom enclosures, tools, solvents, and adhesives.
  • Performed conservation treatments, such as flattening, removing adhesives and tape, mending tears, and designing and constructing custom enclosures for materials.
  • Supervised other staff members in the digitization of several hundred vintage photographs, ensuring that they were digitized according to established preservation standards.
  • Utilized the software programs Extensis Portfolio and Microsoft Excel to create and maintain a catalog of the collection, including the digitized photographic materials.
  • Planned and personally oversaw the relocation of materials from the conservation lab to an out-of-state storage facility.
Northwestern University Library, Evanston, IL

September 2008-August 2009
Preservation Department Intern (Full-time, paid position)

Performed conservation treatments on both circulating and special collection items, including constructing new bindings, cleaning paper with the application of mechanical and aqueous methods, treating mold, removing adhesives and tape, deacidifying paper, mending tears, and creating custom enclosures for materials.
Created an emergency response poster to be used as part of the Library’s Disaster Preparedness plan. The poster was distributed and posted in multiple public and private areas of the library.
Curated, designed and installed an exhibit about the proper care and handling of library materials. This involved the creation of custom posters and signage, and was displayed in the window of the circulation desk at the main library.
Assisted with the design and installation of another exhibit, titled “It’s No Longer News to Us: HIV/AIDS Educational Materials from Nigeria”, which was displayed in the main library entrance hallway. This exhibit required the creation of custom mounts for a variety of different materials, including posters, plastic objects, and textiles. <http://exhibits.library.northwestern.edu/exhibits/hiv_aids/index.html>
Managed the Preservation Department’s environmental monitoring program, and collected and analyzed data from environmental data loggers.
Managed a special project to determine the amount of pre-emptive conservation treatment needed for a collection to be digitized by an outside vendor. This project involved training and supervising two library staff members, who used the survey instrument to collect data about the physical condition of library materials. Wrote a report detailing the results of the survey, which was delivered to the head of the Preservation Department.

Cincinnati Art Museum  {View Website} and the
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art [Sarasota, FL]  {View Website}

July 2007-August 2007
Conservation Intern

Worked as part of a team to complete a condition survey of over 800 circus advertising posters printed by the Strobridge Lithograph Company. Performed minor treatments on about twenty posters, to stabilize them for easier handling by the curatorial staff. These posters are included in an exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum (and traveling to the Ringling Museum), opening February 26, 2011, entitled“The Amazing American Circus Poster”.

Tulsa Historical Society [Tulsa, OK]  {View Website}

June 2006 to July 2006
Volunteer Archival Assistant

Accessioned artifacts using Past Perfect software, organizing and locating objects within the archives. Prepared wall plaques and signage for an exhibit that showcased famous Oklahoma women.

Knox College Special Collections and Archives [Galesburg, IL] {View Website}

March 2005 to May 2006
Volunteer Assistant

Helped with routine archival tasks such as photocopying, filing and shelving. Used OCLC’s WorldCat database to catalog and identify several boxes of 18th-20th century children’s literature so that it may be added to the main archival database. Modified and refined a FilemakerPro computer database to organize and catalogue those books.

Other Work Experience

The Newberry (Library)

April 10, 2012 – July 2013
Web Manager

Maintained and managed the Newberry Library’s website and associated websites, which included the moderation of staff-created content.
Initiated, designed and implemented several new features on the site such as blogs and exhibit websites, both independently and in response to input from other staff members. As a result, traffic to the Newberry’s main site and affiliated sites improved.
Managed and posted to the Newberry Library’s branded Twitter account, and advised on the management of a branded Tumblr account.

School of Information Information Technology Lab, University of Texas at Austin

2007-2008
Lab Staff Teaching Assistant

Provided IT assistance to students in the School of Information. Specialized in helping students with questions about Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Word, Excel and web authoring (HTML and CSS). Edited and revised the “Photo-documentation for Conservators” tutorial, and created another tutorial “Google Bookbinding with Adobe Acrobat”. Taught instructional courses, both individually and as part of a teaching team.

Research and Digital Projects

Chartex research project

Let me tell you about Chartex...

May 24, 2009
Presented original research to the annual ANAGPIC conference:
“Chartex backing cloth: a preliminary investigation of its history and physical properties”
Abstract: Chartex is a dry-mount backing-cloth that was manufactured by Seal, Inc. and marketed to librarians and teachers as an easy, affordable and reversible way to mount photographs, maps and educational materials. Its presence in library, museum and archival collections poses several preservation issues that are in need of investigation, especially given the lack of conservation literature devoted to Chartex. The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness in the conservation and preservation field about this particular kind of backing cloth and to begin a preliminary inquiry of its physical properties, particularly in the context of conservation treatment. Samples of Chartex were examined and photographed under the microscope, tested for lignin using a phloroglucinol solution and also tested for pH using a pH pencil. It was found to be a cotton fabric permeated with a thermo-active wax and rubber adhesive mixture. The adhesive was tested for solubility in several solvents. Mechanical, heat-assisted and solvent-assisted removal methods were explored as possible treatment options, along with the potential effects and limitations of using those methods on heat-sensitive objects backed with Chartex.

September 2007-present
Maintained a research blog to collect and disseminate information relevant to research about Chartex backing cloth.

Kilgarlin Blog

2007-2009
Creator and moderator of Kilgarlin Center Denizens, a blog for both current and past students in the Kilgarlin Center programs in library conservation and preservation

Professional Details

Skills

  • Productivity: Extensis Portfolio, Google Apps Suite, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Access, Filemaker Pro, Adobe Creative Suite (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Acrobat, Illustrator and InDesign)
  • Spoken Languages: English, (basic) Spanish; Can also read music.
  • Web Design and Authoring: Drupal, HTML, CSS. Basic EAD.
  • Operating Systems: MacOSX, Windows XP and Windows Vista
  • Typing Speed: 112 words per minute

Publications, Projects and Public Speaking

  • “Conservation in the Commons: Using Social Media to Tell Our Story to the Public”. Library Collections Care Discussion Group Panel. American Institute of Conservation (AIC ) Annual Conference: Practical Philosophy, or Making Conservation Work, Miami, FL. May 13-16, 2015.
  • “Using Wikis to Collaborate, Share, and Advance Conservation” Workshop instructor. American Institute of Conservation (AIC ) Annual Conference: Practical Philosophy, or Making Conservation Work, Miami, FL. May 13-16, 2015.
  • “Boost the Conservation Signal!”. AIC News. Vol. 40, No. 1. January 2015.
  • “Preservation Goes Green: Notes from the American Institute for Conservation’s Annual Meeting”.  Arizona Library Association Newsletter, July/August 2014. Volume 47, No. 4.
  • “Playing with Pop-ups: The Art of Dimensional, Moving Paper Designs” Rev. of Playing with Pop-ups: The Art of Dimensional, Moving Paper Designs by Helen Hiebert. Bonefolder Extras. 9 August 2014.
  • “Insinuendo: Murder in the Museum” Rev. of Insinuendo: Murder in the Museum by Miriam Clavir. Bonefolder Extras. 1 April 2013. 
  • The Multi-lingual Bookbinding and Conservation Dictionary Project: The goal of this project is to combine, in one place, all the known bookbinding and book conservation terminology, in as many languages as possible. We are also including both current and archaic terms, to make the dictionary useful for both practicing conservators and bookbinders, as well as book history scholars. There are already a variety of multi-lingual dictionaries in existence, but none so comprehensive as what we envision for this project. In essence, we have taken every available multi-lingual dictionary of bookbinding, conservation or library words, and combined them. We are not seeking to define these terms, but rather provide a simple tool for translating words that can be used together with other tools such as Google Translate.
  • Association of North American Graduate Programs in Conservation (ANAGPIC) Annual Conference: Presentation “Chartex backing cloth: a preliminary investigation of its history and physical properties”, April 24, 2009.
  • Northwestern University Library, Presentation: Chartex backing cloth: a preliminary investigation of its history and physical properties, April 18, 2009.

Significant Conferences and Workshops Attended