Liz facilitates the preservation and conservation of the Libraries' analog collections. To ensure collections are accessible for as long as they are needed, Liz works to collaboratively address collection vulnerabilities and mitigate risks to the collections. This work includes establishing preventive programs, assessing treatment needs, establishing priorities, and implementing and managing preservation and conservation solutions. Liz holds a BA in English Literature with Peace Studies minor from the University of Connecticut, and a MLIS CAS in Library and Archives Conservation from the University of Texas.
Neil coordinates preventive conservation measures that ensure access to Hesburgh Libraries’ unique library and archival collections. His work includes performing minor treatment interventions, creating custom protective enclosures, preparing collections for exhibition, and managing the environmental conditions in collection storage areas. He holds an MLS with a Specialization in Rare Books & Special Collections, as well as a BA in English, from Indiana University.
Kathy's responsibilities are split between preservation in the Hesburgh Library and the conservation lab at the Reyniers Building. Kathy processes monographs and periodicals for binding and helps coordinate labeling. Kathy's conservation responsibilities include deacidifying acidic paper and constructing protective enclosures for vulnerable specialized collections.
Debbie’s responsibilities span two units: Analog Preservation & Conservation and Digital Access, Projects, & Outreach.
Debbie coordinates brittle books reformatting, commercial binding, spine labeling, and mass deacidification workflows. To accomplish this work Debbie actively engages with vendors as well as staff across the Libraries. In support of in-house digitization, Debbie prepares digital surrogates for distribution to access and preservation partners such as HathiTrust.
Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University.
Jen stabilizes and preserves rare and unique library and archival collections in support of the Hesburgh Libraries' active teaching, research, digitization, and exhibition programs. Her work principally involves the design and execution of specialized treatments to stabilize individual items and collections of items. Jen holds an MA, CAS in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College, an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and a BFA in Illustration from the University at Buffalo.
As conservation technician for general collections, Tosha McComb coordinates the day to day repair work for the in-house treatment of circulating and reference collections. As such, she performs treatments to stabilize materials for use, trains and supervises student assistants, and maintains supplies and equipment to support this work.
Maren performs specialized conservation treatments to stabilize and preserve at-risk rare, archival, and other special collections. Maren holds an MA in Conservation with a specialization in books and library materials from West Dean College in England and a BA in English with a minor in History from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Made possible with generous support from the Gladys Brooks Foundation, the two-year ongoing Gladys Brooks Conservation Fellowship program significantly extends the Libraries capacity to preserve and provide access to our specialized collections.