The Department of Preservation and Conservation serves Syracuse University by ensuring the long-term preservation and access of collections in all media and formats.
Core functions include preparation of materials for circulation; repair of materials circulating and special collections; exhibitions preparations, reformatting by analog and digital means; preparation of materials for off-site storage; disaster preparedness.
Facilities include “Collections Care” located in the basement where commercial binding, paperback stiffening, and circulating collections repair take place, and “Conservation” located adjacent to SCRC where SUL’s holdings of rare books and manuscripts are treated as well as materials prepared for exhibition, and Belfer Audio Laboratory where unique wax cylinders and 78s are preserved as well as provided to students, faculty, and researchers.
In addition the Department provides internship and independent study opportunities such as the annual Brodsky lecture and workshop series, instruction in the book arts and preservation to classes at SU, and workshops and other outreach activities to organizations in the region.
Public lecture on October 3, 2013 and workshop on October 4, 2013 by Jeffrey S. Peachey