Conservation Intern Works with Civil War Materials

The University of Virginia Library offered a six-week conservation exhibition internship this summer to help with preparation for the Special Collections exhibit about the Civil War due to go up this October. Jeanne Goodman was selected for the internship and working under the supervision of our library book conservator, Eliza Gilligan, performed conservation treatments and […]

Preservation Services Lab Open House

  ALDERMAN LIBRARY: ROOM 201: BOOK REPAIR LAB Tuesday, April 29 to Thursday, May 1: 10 a.m.-noon Did you ever wonder what happened to that book you checked out with the cracked binding? What about the 19th century volume with broken sewing? Come check out what happens to books that need a little TLC before […]

Summer Internship in Conservation

The University of Virginia Library is pleased to offer once again a six-week internship for the summer of 2014 in the Preservation Services Department working with the Book Conservator for the University Library Collections. The purpose of the internship is to perform conservation treatment on a collection of architectural drawings from the Albert and Shirley […]

When Marginalia and Ephemera are Part of the Story

Kara says: This book came across my workflow the other day with a strange note, “See box cover for explanation.” Intrigued, I turned the box over to read what would cause this book to get special treatment. It turns out that this book is not like most others. There is a story, Ship of Theseus, […]

The Pechas Project

The University of Virginia Library holds one of the most complete Tibetan Collections in the world. A significant portion of the collection includes about 3,300 pechas or prayer scrolls. Preservation Services had to find a way to house them safely to prevent damage and allow them to be used by library patrons. Learn how we […]

Mystery Solved!

Kara says:  This piece of paper sat on my truck of mysteries for several months. It was given to me by the circulation staff—who perhaps found it lost and lonely in the stacks or in a pile of books. Thanks to the Internet, I was able to track down the book I thought it might […]

WSLS-TV News Film Collection Launches Online

Leigh says:  The WSLS-TV news film collection has been part of the life of Preservation Services for so long that the public access launch of its clips and scripts on August 5 seems anticlimactic. Of course, the release of the collection online is the whole reason why we’ve been working so hard over the past […]

Preservation Outreach: Hanging out with the students from Murray Elementary

Kara says:  Last week I had the opportunity to talk preservation with fifth graders from Murray Elementary School. There were 42 students, broken into two groups. These kids were curious, engaged, and asked terrific questions. They easily figured out what we did in Preservation Services; this is something that I find myself explaining to adults […]

Alderman Exhibit Features Preservation Tools

In the Stettinius Gallery hallway on the second floor of Alderman Library, Preservation Services presents  an exhibition of preservation/conservation tools to celebrate Preservation Week, which begins on April 21, 2013. Please also visit the online version of the exhibit. Department member Leigh Rockey gathered materials and information for the display, and she came across a few […]

AV Conservator Steven Villereal Savors the Steenbeck

Steven Says:  As Preservation Service’s point person for obsolete media materials, I frequently find myself on the hunt for the equipment needed to interact with old audiovisual formats. Working with “legacy” formats (i.e. the media production technologies of yesteryear), I require equipment that is often not the newest and shiniest. Sometimes the gear I need […]