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Caring for Your Personal Collections: A Conservator’s View

Join us for a virtual lecture! Whether you have a priceless first edition or your high school scrapbook, books have intrinsic value beyond the words on the page. Get tips, tricks, and advice from professional book conservators. Emilie van der Hoorn and Michelle C. Smith of the San Francisco Public Library will share their expertise on caring for your collection. Topics include the impact of the storage environment (light, temperature, and humidity); the safe handling of books (did you know the way you handle your books may limit their lifespan?); and where you can order protective housings and other supplies. At your wit’s end? Know when to call a conservator. 

Emilie van der Hoorn, Head of Preservation, San Francisco Public Library
Emilie van der Hoorn is a paper and book conservator at the San Francisco Public Library. She has worked in institutions and private practice including the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archive in Canada, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and Preservation Arts in Oakland. Emilie is a professional member of the American Institute of Conservation and received her MA in the Conservation of Fine Art from Northumbria University.

Michelle C. Smith, Book Conservator, San Francisco Public Library
Michelle C. Smith is a book conservator at the San Francisco Public Library. She was previously a Kress Assistant Conservator at the UCLA Library and an Assistant Conservator of Paper and Books at Preservation Arts in Oakland. Michelle received her MA and CAS from Buffalo State College as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Library and Archives Conservation, and her BFA in printmaking and book arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. Michelle is the current Book Conservation Coordinator for the AIC Book and Paper Group Wiki.

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