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.
Kathy is responsible for the pre and post processing of monographs, periodicals and other paper materials for commercial library binding and, for oversight of the shelf preparation and labeling unit. Kathy assists with the preparation and inspection of reformatting (microfilming, preservation facsimile, mass deacidification) shipments, and with the inspection of digitized files of Libraries' materials prepared by vendors.
Debbie is responsible for managing the daily activites of the commercial binding, shelf prep, reformatting and deacidification of the Preservation unit. Debbie coordinates commercial binding activities for the four branch libraries, and supervises student workers.
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 MAS CAS in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College, an MFA in interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and and 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.
As preventative conservation technician for special collections, Diane Sikorski provides preventative conservation treatments for rare books, manuscripts, and other special collections. This work includes constructing custom protective enclosures for fragile materials, mounting special collections exhibitions, and providing alkalinizing treatment for acidic documents.