About Me

Experienced Head of Conservation at a special collections library in an R1 academic setting with a demonstrated history of success in the library, cultural heritage, non-profit, and higher education industries. Recognized as a peer-reviewed Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and current Chair of the Book and Paper Group, AIC’s largest specialty group. A conservation administrator with almost two decades of experience as a conservator of rare books, paper, and parchment with an interest in methods and materials; the life cycle of cultural objects; and how conservation can enhance and engage fellowship among allied professionals, scholars, researchers, and artists.

Skilled in Leadership, Library Administration, Conservation, Preservation, Teaching, Professional Mentoring, Cultural Heritage, Publications, Web Design, and Development & Production of Publications. Strong professional with a Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) and CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) in Conservation and Preservation of Library and Archival Materials from The University of Texas at Austin. Undergraduate studies in global medieval anthropology and archaeology of manuscript culture and materiality. 


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Current:

Margy E. Meyerson Head of Conservation (2016-present). Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Philadelphia, PA

Past:

Associate Conservator for Rare Books and Paper (2006-16). The New York Public Library. New York, NY

Conservator for Special Collections in the Harvard University Library (2003-06). Weissman Preservation Center. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA

Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Fellow (2002-03). Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. Philadelphia, PA

Special Collections Conservation Intern (2002). Weissman Preservation Center. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA


EDUCATION

University of Texas at Austin 2002. Master’s of Library and Information Science and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Conservation & Preservation of Library & Archival Materials

Bryn Mawr College 1999. Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
    • Fellow (2016)
    • Specialization: Book and Paper Group & Electronic Media Group
  • International Council of Museums (ICOM)
    • International Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC)
    • International Committee on Museum Management (INTERCOM)
    • International Committee for University Museums and Collections (UMAC)
  • International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC)
  • International Association of Book and Paper Conservators (IADA)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • BPG Chair (appointed), 2019-20
  • AIC Publications Committee, Chair (appointed), 2015-19
  • BPG Publications Committee, Chair (appointed), 2014-17
  • BPG Program Chair (elected), 2012-13
  • BPG Assistant Program Chair (elected), 2011-12
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services,  Grant Reviewer, 2008-13
  • Library Collections Conservation Discussion Group, Co-chair (appointed), 2007-08