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About the Series

The Brodsky Series for the Advancement of Library Conservation is endowed through a generous gift by William J. ('65, G'68) and Joan ('67, G'68) Brodsky of Chicago, Illinois. Beginning with the academic year 2004/2005, the endowment has sponsored 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 include lectures and workshops by prominent library conservators.

The idea for an endowed lecture and workshop series on library conservation was inspired by Joan Brodsky's strong interests in the traditional arts of book production and her experiences working as a volunteer in conservation facilities, including the Newberry Library and the Spertus Museum in Chicago. Joan Brodsky also served on the board of visitors for the School of Information Studies, from which she earned a graduate degree in library science, and is a member of the Libraries' advisory board. She remarked that "Bill and I are delighted to establish a program that promotes the understanding and importance of book and paper conservation. We hope and expect this initiative will fill a void that currently exists in this field. We are excited that our gift will both enhance learning within the university community and also showcase our library and its expertise in the art of conservation."

The Brodsky's gift will enable us to offer high-quality theoretical and practical learning opportunities in library conservation that will appeal not only to students and faculty from the School of Information Studies, but also from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, which offers a graduate degree in Museum Studies and courses related to the arts of the book. It will also contribute significantly to regional educational needs and bring prominence to Syracuse University nationally.

Endowment-sponsored events will complement the internship, independent study, and class presentations currently offered by our conservation lab, which have already led some students to pursue library conservation as a career.

Next Event

The next installment will be in the spring of 2022.

Past Events

May 3, 2021 - Monique Lassere - Translating Bits: Maintaining (Born-)Digital Heritage

April 11, 2019 - Deborah Lee Trupin – A Tale of Two Flags: How History of Treatment and Ownership Affected Conservation Treatment of Two Early Nineteenth-Century American Flags

March 22, 2018 - Deborah Stoiber - Conserving cinema's legacy at George Eastman Museum
March 23, 2017Maria Fredericks - Rare Books as Museum Objects: Considerations for Safe Exhibition and Loan March 24, 2016 - Sam Brylawski - Knowledge Crowns Those Who Hear Her: Sound Archives in the 21st Century March 26, 2015 - Gary Albright - The Intensification of Photographs: Observations from Recent Research and Practice October 3, 2013 - Jeffrey S. Peachey - Reconstructing Diderot: Eighteenth-Century French Bookbinding
October 28, 2011 - Lois Olcott Price - Line, Shade and Shadow October 22, 2010 - Holly Krueger - Featuring Herblock! October 16, 2009 - Don Etherington - A Sixty-year Odyssey in Bookbinding and Conservation November 7. 2008 - Consuela "Chela" Metzger - Rare Skills for Rare Books: Book conservation education November 1, 2007 - William Noel - The Archimedes Palimpsest  November 3, 2006 - Gary Frost - The Aesthetics of Conservation  October 8, 2005 - Hedi Kyle - Conservation and the Book Arts: Creative and innovative solutions for preserving library and archival materials April 1, 2005 - John F. Dean - Conservation and Preservation in the Digital Age