Care of Books and Scrapbooks

How many smaller institutions have scrapbooks and old books that have been entrusted to their care and that are just shoved in the back of a dark closet because they are problem objects? Books and scrapbooks are similar objects in many ways, but each requires different types of care. In this webinar we will explore these differences and techniques to extend the lives of these deceptively simple objects. We will look at the types of albums and books, handling these objects, housings, shelving, and more. Armed with a sound foundation, you will be able to create a preservation plan for two very common categories of materials.


Rebecca-Elder-LOGORebecca Elder is an experienced cultural heritage preservation consultant who specializes in finding practical and achievable solutions for challenging situations. In 2014, Rebecca founded Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation to provide preservation advice to library, museum and archive clients. For the ten years previous to this, she was Adjunct Preservation Field Services Officer with Amigos Library Services. Rebecca received her MSIS and a Certificate of Advanced Studies for Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, and now is adjunct faculty at the iSchool, teaching Preservation Management and Treatment Techniques for Bound Materials. Rebecca has also worked at the Harvard University Libraries and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Over the course of her career, Rebecca has conducted over 100 preservation assessments for institutions ranging from small historical museums to municipalities to large academic libraries, and has taught classes on such topics as Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery, Preservation of Photographic Materials, Archival Holdings Maintenance, and three levels of Book Repair Techniques.

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7 Responses to Care of Books and Scrapbooks

  1. Anita Whalen July 14, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    I am new to this website.

    I wish to participate in the July 28 webinar on Care of Books and Scrapbooks.
    And I need your guidance on just how to do that.

  2. Joy Bennett July 17, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    Will this be offered another day or time? I’d love to participate, but we have two events going on that day and I won’t be able to sit at my computer!

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      Susan-1 July 17, 2017 at 5:19 pm #

      The recording for the webinar will be posted a few days following the live presentation. When the advertisement slide is no longer visible on our website home page, you will be able to find the recording and handouts in the Website Archives. I hope that helps.


  3. Anita Whalen July 17, 2017 at 4:09 pm #


  4. Linda Hassell July 25, 2017 at 8:56 am #

    I have signed up for Care of Books and Scrapbooks with Rebecca Elder on July 28 at 2 pm. Unfortunately, I have deleted the e-mail and won’t be able to click on the link. Will a reminder be sent so the link is available.

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