In The News: William Minter Appointed to Penn State Libraries

Bill Minter

Bill Minter has been appointed Senior Book Conservator at Penn State Libraries. Many in the library conservation profession know Bill personally through his long-time dedication to teaching and sharing his knowledge. You may also know him through his invention, the ultrasonic polyester welder, a machine many of us have and use in our labs.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State University Libraries recently appointed William Minter as its first senior book conservator, a move that will greatly enhance the Libraries’ existing preservation program for rare and historical collections. Minter, who has more than 35 years of experience in fine bookbinding and conservation, began his appointment this semester in the University Libraries’ Digitization and Preservation Department. The position is funded by a challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a matching donation from Jeffery L. and Cynthia King that established the King Family Conservation Endowment in the University Libraries.

Read the entire press release at the Penn State Libraries site. Congratulations Bill! Bonus: photo of Bill at work from the University of Iowa Libraries.

Bill Minter with an ultrasonic polyester welder, a machine he created and has become a must-have in any large conservation lab.

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MIT Libraries Announces New Conservator

The MIT Libraries are delighted to announce that Jana Dambrogio will join our staff in September as the Thomas F. Peterson (1957) Conservator. In this role she will manage MIT’s special collections conservation program–planning and executing conservation treatments for the physical maintenance of rare books, archives, and manuscripts. She will also contribute to the Libraries’ overall preservation strategy. Dambrogio comes from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) where she has been a senior conservator since 2004. In addition to her work at NARA, she brings an impressive array of experience from consultancies, fellowships, and internships at other well-known national and international institutions.

See the MIT Libraries News blog for details.

Yale Hires Head Paper Conservator

From Cons Distlist 27:4. We would love to publicize more “this person got hired” posts! We try to keep up with the job openings, but we also like to know when those positions are filled and who the new staff member will be. Please send any announcements to the PCAN Editors email. Thanks!

Soyeon Choi Announced as Head Paper Conservator, Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art, home to the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce the hiring of Soyeon Choi as the its Head Paper Conservator. Soyeon is responsible for treating collections of works on paper, rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and miniatures. Prior to her appointment, she was Senior Paper Conservator at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, where she had also been a Paper Conservator and Post Graduate Fellow, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and the Getty Foundation. Details can be found on the Center’s press release.

MIT Library Hires New Head of Curation and Preservation Services

MIT Conservation LabNews from MIT, thanks Anne Marie Willar for letting us know this position has been hired. It’s great to see movement and positions being filled.

The MIT Libraries are delighted to announce the appointment of Nancy McGovern to the position of Head, Curation and Preservation Services (CPS) effective Monday, February 13.  Nancy is a highly respected leader in the field of digital curation and preservation with a well-established national and international reputation. She brings 25 years experience with the preservation of digital content and a sound understanding of good practice for the conservation of tangible materials. Moreover, she has a valuable blend of practical experience and theoretical knowledge that will allow her to lead the MIT Libraries in articulating a shared vision and implementing a holistic approach to conservation and preservation.

Nancy along with Anne Kenney, now University Librarian at Cornell University Library, co-developed the highly successful Digital Preservation Management Workshop that Nancy will continue to lead.  She is a member of the faculty for the ARL/DLF e-Science Institute as well as an instructor at UNC’s DigCCurr Professional Institute on Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle.

Formerly the Digital Preservation Officer and a Research Assistant Professor at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Nancy’s responsibilities included developing policies that reflect prevailing standards and practice in the digital preservation community and developing appropriate preservation strategies for the expanding range of content ICPSR collects. Her research interests include organizational aspects of digital preservation and the means for the digital preservation community to continually respond to the challenges of evolving technology. Before joining ICPSR, Nancy served as a digital preservation manager and researcher at Cornell University Library, as Electronic Records Manager at the Open Society Archives in Budapest, and held various archivist positions at the Center for Electronic Records, National Archives and Records Administration.

Nancy holds a B.A. in History from Saint Anselm College, an M.A. in History from Northeastern University, and a PhD in Information Studies from the University College London.

Ann Marie Willer
Preservation Librarian, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chair, Preservation & Reformatting Section (ALA/ALCTS)