Library to host conservation seminar for books Feb. 7

Huntington City-Township Public Library and Etherington Conservation Services invite the community to a free book conservation seminar, to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Main Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Book conservation expert Danielle Creech will demonstrate the proper techniques for conserving rare or irreplaceable books, as well as how to prevent damage to fragile books and documents over time.

Topics to be discussed will include an overview of the history of the book; common conservation ailments of 19th and 20th century books, including brittle paper, desiccated leather, failed bindings, and mold; techniques and materials used in the restoration of damaged books; and preventative measures to take to protect fragile items, such as enclosures, deacidification/encapsulation treatments, storage tips, safe handling practices, and perhaps most importantly, what not to do when handling fragile or irreplaceable materials.

An informal question and answer session will follow the seminar.

Attendees are invited to bring one book or document from their own collection to the event for an evaluation of the rough cost of a professional repair and conservation.  The item brought to the event must be absolutely free of mold or mildew.  Please note Ms. Creech cannot evaluate the monetary value of the item; she can only provide a rough estimate of cost of a professional repair and conservation.

Danielle Creech is the Associate Conservator and Manager at Etherington Conservation Services-Midwest, a division of the HF Group, LLC (formerly known as Heckman Bindery) in North Manchester, where she manages the conservation department, provides guidance and training to conservation staff, and performs conservation treatments.  Creech earned a degree in Anthropology and classical studies from the University of Missouri - Columbia, as well as a master's of Library Science degree from Indiana University.  She is an associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and a regular member in the American Library Association, the Guild of Bookworkers, and Designer Bookbinders.