ISU Library Preservation said goodbye to its longest-serving employee, Christine Kading, who retired on Friday.  Chris started working at the Library as a student in 1971, and accepted a full-time position in Cataloging when she graduated in 1973.  In 1988, Chris transferred to the Preservation unit, which had been started by Ivan Hanthorn in the mid-1980s.  At that time, the “Conservation Studio” conducted book repair in a tiny space in the basement of Parks Library.  Chris continued to work in Conservation through the unit’s move to a new, better-equipped lab space in 1996, and through the transition to a fully-fledged Preservation Department in 2003.  Chris applied her talents to both General and Special Collections materials, and patiently trained and supervised the lab’s student employees.  We will miss both her comprehensive knowledge of library operations and her calm, cheerful nature in the lab, and wish her all the best in her future adventures.

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