The Department of Preservation serves Syracuse University by ensuring the long-term preservation and access of collections in all media and formats.
Core functions of Preservation within Syracuse University Libraries 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” where SUL’s holdings of rare books and manuscripts are treated as well as materials prepared for exhibition, and Belfer Audio Archive 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 instruction in the book arts and preservation to classes at SU, and workshops and other outreach activities to organizations in the region.
Marianne Swanberry Hanley
Access & Resource Sharing