We are delighted to welcome Susanna Donovan as the 2013 recipient of the Lennox Foundation Internship for Preservation Education, Training, and Outreach.

Iowa State University Library's 2013 Lennox Intern, Susanna Donovan.

Iowa State University Library’s 2013 Lennox Intern, Susanna Donovan.

Susanna comes to us having just graduated from the University of Paris 1 – Pantheon Sorbonne’s Conservation of Cultural Heritage Program, with a specialization in book and paper conservation.  During her conservation training, she completed internships at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, and most recently, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Originally from Tennessee, Susanna is excited to be back in the United States after her time in Europe.  Her other interests include watercoloring (she toured Austria to view the spots made famous by one of her favorite watercolorists, Rudolf Von Alt), running, and swimming.

Over the next three months at Iowa State University Library, Susanna will be wrapping up the “baggy book” project.  During a previous shifting project, over 80 volumes in Special Collections had been flagged (with polyethylene baggies) for later assessment and treatment.  Susanna will be overseeing this project from start to finish: inventorying the items; performing condition assessments; prioritizing items for stabilization, full treatment, or rehousing; performing conservation treatment and constructing complex enclosures; and delegating simple enclosures to our student employees as appropriate.  You’ll be hearing more detail about the project from Susanna herself in future posts.

It’s going to be a great summer!

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