Rare Books Care and Structure (Level 2)

This class serves as an introduction to the care and structure of historic book collections and is useful as an introduction to book collections for those who specialize in the conservation of other materials but find themselves also caring for historic book collections, as well as those new to collections care and conservation, but familiar with book collections. This course will present a combination of lecture and hands-on sessions that will teach students the history of book and paper manufacture and basic storage and care of historic collections. In addition, participants will learn to construct a historic book model and simple enclosures. Participants are encouraged to bring books for analysis, treatment approach recommendations, and discussion.

Course Dates

July 30-August 1, 2024 (CONFIRMED TO RUN - 3 SPOTS LEFT)

Course Fee


Early Registration



Jennifer Hain Teper

About the Instructor

Jennifer Hain Teper serves as the Velde Preservation Librarian at the University of Illinois Libraries overseeing conservation, collections care, digital preservation, and the digitization services throughout the library system. She previously served as the head of conservation at the University of Illinois libraries from 2001-2008. Jennifer graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MLIS and Certificate of Advanced Study in the Conservation and Preservation of Library and Archival Materials. She teaches several preservation and conservation courses in the Graduate School of Information Science at the University of Illinois. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, where she serves as the Chair of the Equity and Inclusion Working Group.

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