Introduction to Paper Conservation
This course is an introduction to caring for and preserving paper-based collections. Participants will learn the history of paper manufacture and the factors affecting its deterioration; the basics of caring for and storing paper collections; as well as learn basic hands-on treatments for repairing paper collection materials including humidification and flattening, dry cleaning, mending, and filling losses. Students will learn about the benefits of washing and deacidification as well as better understand when such treatments may be inadvisable. Each student is encouraged to bring paper artifacts of their own for treatment where they will apply what they learned under the guidance of the instructor.
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.