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Staff Biography

Peter Verheyen

Peter D. Verheyen

Librarian/Research and Emerging Issues Analyst
Program Management Center
Bird Library


Subject Areas

Book Arts, Conservation and Preservation

Selected Bio

As Research and Emerging Issues Analyst, Peter D. Verheyen will provide the Dean and Director of Program Management with timely research, focused on emerging issues in universities, librarianship, and libraries which might inform the Libraries' vision for the future.

Prior to assuming this new role in early 2013, he was involved in the preservation and conservation field. He began while a work-study student in the conservation lab at the Johns Hopkins University Library. He interned in the conservation lab of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany, 1984 and 1986, and completed a formal apprenticeship in hand bookbinding at the Kunstbuchbinderei Klein in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, passing examinations in 1987. Studied at the Professional School for Book Restoration at the Centro del bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland in 1987. Mellon Intern in book conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 1988. Worked in Chicago with Heinke Pensky-Adam at Monastery Hill Bindery and as Assistant Conservator to William Minter. In 1991 he began work as Assistant Conservator at the Yale University Library. In 1993 he became Rare Book Conservator at the Cornell University Library, before establishing the conservation lab at the Syracuse University Libraries where he also served as Head of Preservation and Conservation. He is past Exhibitions and Publicity Chair for the Guild of Book Workers. His bindings have been exhibited widely with the Guild, and in invitational and solo exhibitions throughout the USA and abroad. In 1994 he founded Book_Arts-L, in 1995 the Book Arts Web, and published The Bonefolder: an e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist from 2004 - 2012. A full vita can be found at

Research and Teaching Interests

Research and teaching interests are centered on the history and practice of traditional bookbinding techniques in the German tradition as well as introducing students studying the book as art to the fundamentals of sound structure and its continuing validity to the art of the book. He is also interested in the impact of the online environment on the book arts, especially in regard to how people learn.

In addition to the book arts, Verheyen has presented on various aspects of the digitization process including scanning, project management, and the wider impact of digitization on public services. He would like to see digitization applied more systematically to the preservation of endangered collections as well as the preservation of the digital.

Teaching Activities at Syracuse

  • The Brodsky Series sponsors programs that promote and advance knowledge of library conservation theory, practice, and application among wide audiences, both on campus and in the region. Programs typically included lectures and workshops by prominent library conservators. Lectures and teaching materials are also provided online.
  • Host regular internships and independent studies on book arts and conservation topic for students in the iSchool and various departments in Visual and Performing Arts. Of note is the Gaylord Internship that is offered to graduates of conservation / binding programs.
  • Regular presentations on book arts and conservation/preservation (including digital) topics to classes in the iSchool and various departments in Visual and Performing Arts.
  • Taught formal "Book Arts" class (PRT 552) in the Printmaking Department of VPA and extensive independent studies in the book arts. Spring 2007.

Selected Publications

Selected Workshops and Presentations

  • Fundamentals of Preservation: Instructor. Offered by ALA's Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). the Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP) web course is an introduction to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. It is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections. Spring 2011 -.
  • Archival 101: Dealing with Suppliers of Archival Products: Designed to demystify the archival product market for the layperson and non-preservation specialist. The presentation provides an overview of the conservation and preservation issues facing libraries, cultural organizations, and individuals; describes the terminology in use; discusses products and offers buying tips on the different ways these can be used. Presented as a live webinar to ALA/Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). April 25, 2013. Updated version of 2010 webinar
  • Special Formats, Innovative Preservation Storage Solutions: Presentation that discusses the types of materials; challenges of the materials; storage options; transport and access; other considerations of oversized materials in libraries and archives. Also discussed was the tube storage system developed for architectural and other over-sized drawings at Syracuse University Libraries as a case-study. Presented at Northern New York Library Network's 3rd Annual North Country Archives & Special Collections Conference: Basics & Beyond. April 12, 2012.
  • Book Repair Basics for Libraries: This presentation was delivered with Marianne Hanley as an ALA/ALCTS webinar to familiarize viewers with different aspects of circulating collections book repair for school, public, and academic library staff. The webinar shows basic descriptions of techniques using images, and video. September 14, 2011.
  • Fit to be Bound in New York: Illustrated lecture on the book arts as practiced in New York State over the past 100 years. Topics included the training required to become a binder, the types of materials used, the growth of book arts organizations and "centers," and a look into the future. Also included was a show and tell of bindings and artist's books from the speakers collection. May 8, 2010.
  • A Day with "Master" Bookbinder Peter D. Verheyen [PDF]: Historic endband workshop and lecture on training and professional path presented to the Cornell University Book Arts Club. Audio [63 MB, 66min, MP3] of the lecture as well as PDF slides [4.5 MB PDF] are available. October 11, 2007.
  • Getting us out / Bringing us together [PDF]: How listservs and the Web have changed the way in which book artists work and communicate. Presented at "Hot Type in a Cold World," a symposium celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Silver Buckle Press at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. November 20, 1998.


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