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4. Pre-Meeting Symposium [clear filter]
Tuesday, May 29


(Pre-session Symposium) The Current Use of Leather in Book Conservation
Limited Capacity seats available

Leather has long been used as a repair material for damaged leather bindings. The working properties of historic leathers can be very different than modern ones. In recent years, conservators have begun to employ other materials, such as paper or cast acrylic, as an alternative to leather in book conservation treatments. Tanned animal skins offer less long-term stability and may be more difficult to prepare than other materials, but may also provide better strength and flexibility in a functioning book. Should conservators continue to employ leather using traditional book repair techniques on leather bindings? Should we abandon the use of tanned skins in favor of more chemically stable materials? Do alternative book repair materials really stand up to the mechanical stresses of use? Be part of the debate and register for the symposium.

Here is a brief sampling of the talks:

  • A virtual tour of J Hewit & Sons – discover how bookbinding leathers are produced.
  • An exploration of over 50 years of book conservation at the Boston Athenæum. 
  • A comparison of the use of customized acrylic cast into reusable silicone molds as an alternative to traditional methods
  • An examination of SINTEVA Cuir as an alternative to leather
  • A study of the applications of Japanese papers as a leather replacement
  • An evaluation of the characteristics of bindings suitable for repair using tanned leather and a summary of the training needed to execute these repairs and an exploration of the suitability of cosmetic treatments that may alter the appearance of a historic binding.
  • A panel discussion of the Library of Congress’s treatment protocols and case studies of when traditional leather or other materials were used.
  • A report on the leather discussion group’s study on why modern leather deteriorates faster than older leather 
Download a complete listing of talks with abstracts below. Lunch is included.

avatar for Henry Hebert-[PA]

Henry Hebert-[PA]

Conservator for Special Collections, Duke University Libraries
Henry Hébert is a Conservator for Special Collections at Duke University Libraries. Previous positions include Rare Book Conservator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Von Clemm Fellow in Book Conservation at the Boston Athenaeum, and Conservation Contractor at Baker... Read More →
avatar for Marieka Kaye-[PA]

Marieka Kaye-[PA]

Head, Conservation & Book Repair, University of Michigan Library
Marieka currently holds the position of Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Head, Conservation & Book Repair at the University of Michigan Library. She has worked at U-M since 2013, after serving as a book and paper conservator for 8 years at the Huntington Library in San... Read More →

avatar for James Reid Cunningham-[PA]

James Reid Cunningham-[PA]

Sole Proprietor, James Reid-Cunningham Bookbinding and Conservation
James Reid-Cunningham is a book and paper conservator in private practice, specializing in the conservation of rare books, manuscripts, and archival documents. He spent thirty years as a conservator at Harvard University and the Boston Athenaeum, and served as the President of the... Read More →
avatar for Emilie Demers

Emilie Demers

MAC Candidate in Paper, Photographs and New Media stream, Queen's University, Art Conservation Program
Emilie Demers is a recent graduate student from the Master of Art Conservation (MAC) program at Queen’s University, with specialization in paper objects, photographic materials and new media. Her undergraduate degree was completed at the University of Ottawa majoring in History... Read More →
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Ségolène Girard

Conservator, Bibliothèque de Versailles
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Holly Herro

Conservator, National Library of Medicine (NIH)
Holly Herro is the Senior Conservator at the National Library of Medicine on the National Institutes of Health campus in Maryland. She has been involved in conservation as a book and manuscripts conservator for over twenty-five years and was apprenticed to Tom Albro, retired Head... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Kelly-[PA]

Katherine Kelly-[PA]

Senior Book Conservator, Library of Congress
Katherine Kelly is a Senior Book Conservator at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Previously, she has worked at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the National Archives, Iowa State University, Harvard University, and Cornell University. She received her MS in Information... Read More →
avatar for David Lanning

David Lanning

Supplier/Service Provider, J Hewit & Sons Ltd
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Laura McNulty

Conservation Intern , Pre-Program Student, National Library of Medicine
Laura McNulty is currently a conservation intern at the National Library of Medicine on the National Institutes of Health campus in Maryland. In addition, she has worked at the American Philosophical Society, Library of Congress, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Colonial Williamsburg... Read More →
avatar for William Minter

William Minter

Conservator, Pennsylvania State University Library
Minter graduated from Stout State University in Wisconsin (now the University of Wisconsin - Stout) with a degree in industrial technology and a concentration in graphic design. He then pursued a seven-year apprenticeship with William Anthony, a noted fine-design bookbinder and book... Read More →
avatar for Dan Paterson

Dan Paterson

Senior Conservator, Book Conservation Section, Library of Congress
avatar for Sarah Reidell-[Fellow]

Sarah Reidell-[Fellow]

Margy E. Meyerson Head of Conservation, University of Pennsylvania
Sarah is the Margy E. Meyerson Head of Conservation at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. A Fellow of AIC, she is the AIC Publications Committee Chair (2014-current) with a specialization in the conservation... Read More →

Shelly Smith

Conservator, Library of Congress
avatar for Katie C. Wagner-[PA]

Katie C. Wagner-[PA]

Book Conservator, Smithsonian Libraries
Katie Wagner is a rare book conservator for the Smithsonian Libraries. She works primarily with the two special collections libraries: The Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library and The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology as well as with the other branches of the Smithsonian... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Walus

Dawn Walus

Conservator, Boston Athenaeum
Dawn Walus is the Chief Conservator at the Boston Athenæum. Previously, she worked as a book conservator at the Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library and has held conservation internships and positions at The Preservation Society of Newport County in Newport, RI; The Brooklyn... Read More →
avatar for Kristi Wright

Kristi Wright

Book & Paper Conservator, Wright Conservation & Framing
Kristi Wright, MLIS, is a Book and Paper Conservator under contract with the History of Medicine Division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

Tuesday May 29, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Texas Ballroom A Marriott Marquis Houston
Wednesday, May 30


(Pre-session Symposium) Whose Cultural Heritage? Whose Conservation Strategy?
Limited Capacity filling up

Be part of AIC’s first Symposium on diversity, equity, inclusion and access in cultural heritage preservation. The Symposium will be divided into two parts. Part one will focus on the changing ways that museums and conservators are engaging with the diverse communities from which their collections originate. This program will be highly interactive as all as informative. 

Sessions include:
  • A panel focusing on new resources to assist conservators and collection care specialists in working collaboratively with Native American communities. The panel will also focus on collaborative conservation case studies from the National Museum of the American Indian 
  • A discussion of a recent survey on the effectiveness of Australian museums outreach efforts to the Aboriginal community.
  • A Case Study Lighting Round – hear how four different organizations engaged with diverse communities
  • Part Two will focus on what are the barriers to promoting a more diverse workforce in cultural heritage conservation and how can they be overcome. What success stories are out there and how can they be reproduced. Sessions include:
  • A review of the findings of the July – Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey which confirms a lack of diversity within the conservation field. Learn about some of the programs designed to foster diversity within the field
  • A discussion of the WUDPAC research study to assess the WUDPAC curriculum content and delivery through a multicultural lens 
  •  A panel of colleagues shares their individual journeys and discusses the obstacles they faced in becoming part of the conservation community.

Download a complete listing of talks with abstracts below. Lunch is included.

avatar for Anisha Gupta

Anisha Gupta

Assistant Conservator, American Philosophical Society
Anisha Gupta is the Assistant Conservator for Archival Materials at the American Philosophical Society. She is a graduate of the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation where she specialized in works on paper with a minor concentration in photographic materials... Read More →
avatar for Kimi Taira

Kimi Taira

Assistant Conservator, Works on Paper, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
avatar for Jennifer Hain Teper-[Fellow]

Jennifer Hain Teper-[Fellow]

Head of Preservation, University of Illinois Library
Jennifer Hain Teper serves as the Velde Preservation Librarian at the University of Illinois Libraries overseeing conservation, collections care, digital preservation, and digitization services throughout the library system. Before her current position began in 2009, she served as... Read More →

avatar for Dr. Renee S. Anderson

Dr. Renee S. Anderson

Collection Manager/Registrar, National Museum of African American History & Culture
Dr. Reneé S. Anderson is the Head of Collections at the National Museum of African American History & Culture, Smithsonian Institution. She coordinates and oversees program activities related to collections management. Dr. Anderson serves as the Principal Investigator for grants... Read More →
avatar for Thomas J. Braun

Thomas J. Braun

Head of Conservation and Senior Objects Conservator, Minnesota Historical Society
Thomas J. Braun is the Head of Conservation and the Senior Objects Conservator at the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS). Tom holds a BA in Art History from the University of Minnesota, an MA in Art History from Tufts University, and an MS in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University... Read More →
avatar for Shannon A. Brogdon-Grantham

Shannon A. Brogdon-Grantham

Photograph Conservator, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
Shannon A. Brogdon-Grantham is the Photograph and Paper Conservator at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI). She obtained her M.S. from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation where she specialized in photograph conservation with minor... Read More →
avatar for Martina Dawley

Martina Dawley

Assistant Curator for American Indian Relations, Arizona State Museum
My research is primarily focused on the intersection of American Indians and museums, specifically in conservation. I am working on a book based on my dissertation "An Analysis of Diversifying Museum Studies: American Indians in Conservation." I will speak on this topic during AIC's... Read More →
avatar for Susanne Gänsicke-[PA]

Susanne Gänsicke-[PA]

Head of Antiquities Conservation, J. Paul Getty Museum
Susanne Gänsicke is the Senior Conservator of Antiquities at the Getty Villa in Malibu, starting mid-July. Since 1990, she was employed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, most recently as Conservator in Objects Conservation. She has worked on active excavations in Egypt and Sudan... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Adams Hebard

Barbara Adams Hebard

Conservator, Boston College Library
Barbara Adams Hebard, Conservator of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College, is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program. Ms. Hebard is a member of the Guild of Book Workers and the Ticknor Society. She is a Professional member of The American Institute... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Mallinckrodt

Catherine Mallinckrodt

Conservator, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Casey Mallinckrodt received a MA in conservation at the UCLA/Getty Program in Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials and previously received a MFA from Yale University. She has been a Kress Fellow in Object Conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and worked... Read More →
avatar for Caryl McFarlane

Caryl McFarlane

Consultant, HBCU Alliance of Museums and Galleries
avatar for Kelly McHugh

Kelly McHugh

Supervisory Collections Manager, Cultural Resources Center. The National Museum of the American Indian. Smithsonian Institution
Kelly McHugh recently became the Supervisory Collections Manager at the National Museum of the American Indian. Prior she served as an object conservator, when she began working for the museum in 1996 in New York, based at the museum’s former storage facility in the Bronx. There... Read More →
avatar for Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy

Assistant Conservator, The Field Museum
Erin is an Assistant Conservator at The Field Museum. There she is working on the redevelopment of the Native North American hall and joined the Field Museum’s staff in August 2018. She recently served as the Marshall Steel Senior Conservation Intern, Archaeological Collections... Read More →
avatar for Yoshi Nishio-[Fellow]

Yoshi Nishio-[Fellow]

Conservator and President, Nishio Conservation Studio
Business hours: Monday-Friday 9-6 by appointment Established: 1994 YOSHIYUKI NISHIO, Chief Conservator One of the leading conservators of Asian scroll and screen paintings in the US. His background combines traditional apprenticeship and academic training. Received a BFA in studio... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Hess Norris-[Fellow]

Debbie Hess Norris-[Fellow]

Chair of the Art Conservation Department and Professor of Photograph Conservation, Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation
Debra Hess Norris is Chair of the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, and Professor of Photograph Conservation. She graduated magna cum laude with an interdisciplinary BA degree in chemistry, art history, and studio art (1977) and MS in conservation (1980) from... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Payaqui

Sheila Payaqui

Conservator, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
avatar for Ellen Pearlstein

Ellen Pearlstein

Conservator, UCLA/Getty Master’s Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials
Ellen Pearlstein is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in both Information Studies, and is a founding faculty member in the UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation. Her research interests include American Indian tribal museums and how... Read More →
avatar for Landis Smith

Landis Smith

Project Conservator, State Museums and Monuments of New Mexico
Landis Smith is Projects Conservator at the Museums of New Mexico Conservation Unit, working primarily with the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. She is also Collaborative Conservation Programs Consultant at the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research, and... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Tedone-[PA]

Melissa Tedone-[PA]

Book & Library Conservator, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Melissa Tedone is Book & Library Conservator at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. She holds a PhD in Slavic literary history from Yale University, and an MSIS with a Certificate of Advanced Study in the Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from UT Austin. In addition... Read More →
avatar for Lalena A. Vellanoweth

Lalena A. Vellanoweth

Conservator, Private Practice

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Sirma Americas

Sirma Americas
MuseumSpace is a comprehensive Museum Management Software Suite. Use the platform’s semantic functionalities to organize records, gather cultural objects, plan and manage upcoming exhibitions, work with crucial documents, simplify image management, create reports, and more. MuseumSpace... Read More →

Wednesday May 30, 2018 8:30am - 4:15pm
Texas Ballroom A Marriott Marquis Houston