Who takes care of KU Libraries collections and what methods do they use? In this exhibit, we feature the work of the Conservation Services Department. We relish the opportunity to bring our work to the forefront and share techniques and tools that are typically unseen by most library users.
Staff in Conservation Services are responsible for caring for KU Libraries collections in all seven locations. In preserving our books, papers, photographs, audiovisual formats, and three-dimensional artifacts, we strive to make materials available for use by current and future library visitors.
Core functions of Conservation Services include:
- Monitoring the environment
- Constructing protective enclosures
- Preparing new materials for use
- Repairing and treating damaged items
- Digitizing audiovisual formats
- Constructing cradles and supports for exhibitions
- Preparing for and responding to disasters
- Training future preservation professionals
- Engaging in outreach with the campus community and beyond
Please enjoy this online exhibit that highlights our work.