Las Vegas Paper and Book Conservation Workshop Announced

A One-Week Paper & Book Conservation Workshop has been announced for June 7th – June 11, 2010 on the campus of UNLV, in Las Vegas Nevada. This one-week intensive learning experience will give participants an introduction to the fundamentals of professional paper mending and book repair. Laboratory work will provide practical hands-on experience with basic preservation and conservation techniques, coupled with lectures focused on library and archival science and preservation theory.

During the paper conservation segment, the basics of conservation techniques of paper mending and cleaning will be taught. And, during the book conservation segment, basic techniques of professional book repair will be covered. The instructor will discuss paper making history, archival storage, temperature and relative humidity. Lectures will also include book history, construction, and identifying book structures. Hands-on experience will include paste-making, spine replacements and other basic repairs, pamphlet binding, basic book binding, and hot stamp press and book finishing.

The instructor, Michael Frazier, is the Conservator at the University Libraries at UNLV, and the president of CIMA (Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists). The class room is a working conservation laboratory located inside Lied Library’s Special Collections.

Students are encouraged to bring to class, personal books and other items to work with, and for consultation. Time will be allowed in class, to work on items. All persons interested in the this field are welcome.

No prior experience is necessary. Class size is limited.

Date: Monday – Friday; 9 am – 5 pm (one hour lunch); June 7 – June 11, 2010
Location: UNLV Lied Library Special Collections, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-7010
Fee: $443.00: 400.00 fee + 20.00 supply fee + 23.00 tool repair kit (5 all-day sessions)

This is part of the UNLV Educational Outreach program. You may register with a credit card online by visiting the Web site at or over the phone by calling (702) 895-3394, Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Other workshops offered in this program:

  • Book Protective Enclosures
  • Basic Disaster Recovery
  • Basic Paper Conservation
  • Basic Book Conservation

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