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  • Thursday, May 14, 2020
    Ladies and Gentlemen, from the depths of our Closed Stacks, I bring you Hoyt's Indestructible Book-binding.
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    It was my intention to write a staid and informative blog post about brittle paper this week. However, while it may not yet be summer, it sure feels like it as I write this, and I think slightly lighter fare may be in order. And so, I bring you:

    Repurposing Tools for Book Conservation 

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    As I write this post, I celebrate my one year anniversary at the New York Society Library. It has been a memorable year, and it has been wonderful to be a part of this oasis for book lovers.  It is clear that members are deeply invested in the well-being of our books, and their own as well. To that end, and in honor of my anniversary, I present:

    The Top Five Questions a Book Conservator Hears* 

    1. Should I oil my leather book covers?

  • Tuesday, July 5, 2016

    Training for disasters before they happen

    We think of libraries as safe havens for books, but they are not immune to the effects of disasters, as we learned from the aftermath of events such as Hurricane Sandy. While the New York Society Library was lucky in that instance, we don’t take it for granted that we always will be. Even something as simple as a leaking pipe can cause irreversible damage to paper based materials. Having a plan in place to respond quickly to such events is a crucial part of caring for our collection.

  • Monday, April 25, 2016
    Help is on the way for damaged books during the American Library Association's Preservation Week - and year-round in our conservation studio.
  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    I’m pleased to have this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Book Conservator for The New York Society Library. I count myself truly fortunate to work in such a lovely, inspiring, and cheerful place, and I am happy to share my experiences working here in this new iteration of the Conservation Corner.