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Drs. France, Forsberg, and Davis discussing data analytics for lab measurements and considering new visualization tools to explore the data, the topic of Dr. France's upcoming presentation. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Preservation Staff Presenting at the Annual American Institute of Conservation Meeting

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We like to think (and hope) that our blog, Guardians of Memory, acts as an informative resource from which to learn and engage in conversations of preservation work. We hope that it exposes you to interesting projects and people working to make sure the collections here at the Library are preserved and usable, and that it also allows our amazing staff to deep-dive on certain projects, treatments or research activities.

The blog is not the only venue where our staff share in-depth information about preservation projects or complex treatments. We share information, in many ways, with our respective communities of practitioners, in-person or virtually, depending on the venue. One of these communities – The American Institute of Conservation (AIC) – hosts an annual gathering of conservators that offers an excellent opportunity to share practices, network, and have face-to-face working group meetings.

AIC is just one of the many professional associations our staff are active in, and the Preservation Directorate has been recognized in the past for its contributions to the conservation field. In 2017 the Library of Congress received the AIC Distinguished Award for Advancement of the Field of Conservation – an honor given to institutions that provide “vital and long-standing support of professional development activities of conservators.” For over 40 years, the Library’s Preservation Directorate has worked to promote conservation and the professional development of conservators around the world, through internships, fellowships, and training and education programs. We are really proud of the number of conservators who have trained in our lab and are now contributing to the profession all over the world.

Micro-x-ray fluorescence analysis investigating the elemental makeup of Rosenwald MS 13, a personal prayer book hand-written by and used by nuns in early 16th C. Germany. From Cindy Connelly Ryan’s presentation.

In May, the annual AIC meeting will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and many Preservation staff, conservators, and scientists will be attending to learn from others in the community and to present their work. If you’re attending, check out these sessions where our staff will presenting:

Library staff worker sitting close to a Graphic arts model while holding a plastic syringe in hand. The model is covered with clamps.
Conservation work on one of the Rudolph modules, the focus of Liz Peirce’s presentation at AIC. 2023. Photo credit Liz Peirce.

If you don’t get a chance to connect with us in Salt Lake City, you can always find us online for questions at Ask A Librarian or for resources on our website.

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