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.
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.