On Thursday, August 25, Syracuse University Libraries will celebrate the grand opening of the Joan Breier Brodsky ’67, G’69 Conservation Lab on the sixth floor of the Bird Library within the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC ). The Conservation Laboratory handles library special collections materials, including preparation for exhibits and loans, environmental monitoring, outreach and education, comprehensive conservation treatments, and coordination of conservation interventions. disaster. It is staffed by a full-time curator and supplemented by student assistants and occasional interns from recognized curatorial programs.

Renovations to the conservation laboratory, which included additional space, new specialized conservation equipment and new modular furniture, were completed in 2021, with the support of university administrator William J. ’65, G’ 68 and Joan ’67, G’68 Brodsky, who is a member of the Library Advisory Board. The expanded lab accommodates additional students and staff with more workspace and a wider range of processing capabilities.

The Brodskys are generous supporters of Syracuse University and Syracuse University Libraries and established an endowment for the Brodsky Series for Advancing Library Conservation, an annual program featuring distinguished conservators of libraries that promote and advance knowledge of the theory, practice and application of library preservation.

Joan Brodsky is a graduate of the School of Information Studies and was recently appointed by President Joe Biden to the National Museum and Library Services Board. She has a keen interest in the traditional art of book preservation and has worked as a volunteer at conservation facilities. She has volunteered at the Spertus Museum and the Newberry Library. She currently serves on the board of trustees of the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois, and the Library Advisory Board of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

The Conservation Laboratory is responsible for the conservation and preservation of individual objects and entire collections, performing repairs and creating safe archival shelters for a wide range of artifacts, including bound and unbound manuscripts , printed books, works on paper, architectural drawings and many other formats such as photographs, films and plastics. In collaboration with the curators, the curator assesses the needs of the collections and contributes to long-term and short-term preservation planning. The lab prepares materials for internal exhibits and external loans, coordinates disaster preparedness and response, and monitors environmental conditions across all library sites.

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