Mark Andersson


Mark heads the Bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School and is an alumnus of the school. After completing the program in 1992, he worked for four years at the University of Washington and built a successful private conservation practice with clients across the United States. In 1996 he received a Fulbright Grant for the study of Scandinavian bookbinding and European conservation practices at the Carolina Rediviva Library in Uppsala, Sweden. Given his tenure as a bookbinding educator, Mark will offer excellent perspective to the panel discussion on book arts education.


Jim Canary


Jim is the Head Conservator at Indiana University’s Lilly Library and adjunct faculty in the Henry Hope School of Fine Arts teaching Book Structures. Currently, Jim is caretaker and exhibition escort for the scroll manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road which is housed at the Lilly Library. For the next several years, Jim will be traveling with the scroll while the fragile 120-foot document is on its international tour. In addition to his work at Indiana University, he is proprieter of Cold Mountain Bindery/ Iron Bird Press, and has dedicated over 30 years of his life to studying Tibetan language and culture. He has traveled extensively in the Himalayan region researching Tibetan book craft, including papermaking, calligraphy, and printing and offers workshops on the Tibetan book. He was a founding member of the Paper Road Tibet project, and works with the International Tibetan Archive Preservation Project in Lhasa. His presentation will offer an overview of the Tibetan book production in the modern age.


Yvonne Carignan

Yvonne is head of the Preservation Department at the University of Maryland Libraries and chair of the Preservation and Reformatting Section of the American Library Association. She is editor of Who Wants Yesterday's Papers: Essays on the Research Value of Printed Materials in the Digital Age, and an author of the forthcoming publication, The Preservation Manager's Guide to Cost Analysis.  


Christopher Clarkson


Chris has held conservation positions at the Bodleian Library, the Walters Art Gallery, and the Library of Congress. In 1966, Chris joined the team to salvage books damaged in the Florence flood. The experience resulted in his publication on limp vellum binding which provided a manifesto for modern book conservation. An internationally renowned consultant on the care of medieval manuscripts and bindings, he is now in independent practice in Oxford and teaches in the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. He was awarded the Royal Warrant Holders Association's 2004 Plowden Medal in recognition of significant contribution to the advancement of the conservation profession. Chris will speak on his current conservation projects.






Walter Cybulski


Walter works in the Preservation and Collection Management Section of the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. His library experience includes serials processing and newspaper preservation microfilming. He manages offsite storage arrangements for NLM’s microfilm, motion picture film and magnetic tape, and serves as Library liaison for HVAC and fire suppression system upgrade and renovation projects. Over the past six years Walter has taught preservation courses at the University of Maryland and Catholic University. His concern for the fate of print collections arises from a lifelong interest in poetry and fiction. Walter’s recent print appearances include a report in The Abbey Newsletter, vol. 27, no. 5, Sept./Oct. 2004, on an expert reformatting meeting in The Hague and "Print Collections and Their Possible Futures" in Who Wants Yesterday’s News. Walter’s topic is: “Where Books Endure: Libraries and the Preservation of Books.”


John Dean


John is Cornell University’s Preservation and Conservation Librarian. He received his City and Guilds of London Institute medal in bookbinding in 1956, a Master of Arts degree in Library Science from the University of Chicago in 1975, and a Master of Liberal Arts degree in the History of Science from the Johns Hopkins University in 1981. He was the 2003 recipient of the Banks-Harris Preservation Award, presented by the American Library Association. He is the author of several works on conservation and preservation management, has taught formal courses on conservation and preservation management at several universities and is a member of several national and international preservation committees. Since 1989, he has worked on developing preservation programs in Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong King, Mali, Spain, the West Indies, and Egypt, and has produced two online preservation tutorials for Southeast Asia and for Iraq. As banquet speaker he will offer a world view of book conservation.


Jeanne Drewes


Jeanne is the Assistant Director for Access & Preservation at the Michigan State University Libraries where she is responsible for circulation, special collections, bindery preparation, preservation, collections conservation and stacks maintenance. In 2002, Jeanne curated an exhibit at the MSU Kresge Art Museum entitled “Wrapped Words: Handmade Books from Cuba’s Ediciones Vigía.” She also delivered the opening talk at the Saginaw Art Museum’s exhibition “Bindings & Unbindings: An Invitational Book Arts Exhibition.” She was previously head of preservation at Johns Hopksins University and during her tenure there developed an interest in paper deacidification. She is particularly interested in how new acquisitions often are printed on acidic paper. Her presentation will present trends in stability of publisher’s book papers.


Timothy C. Ely


Since the late 1960's, Tim has made manuscript books, prints, paintings, optical text glass sculptures and paper submarines. The soul surviving book from 1957 is a modest, star patterned, staple bound cookbook. A grade school project, but nonetheless pivotal. Interests in cartography, alchemical emblems, saucerian geometry and dust led him to fuse painting with printmaking with bookbinding, combining the philosophies and disciplines of these many processes. His books and paintings can be found in privat and public collections planet wide.

Anna Embree


Anna is Assistant Professor in bookbinding for the MFA in Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama. She came to the University of Alabama from Iowa City where she was associated with the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She has a masters degree in Textiles and Clothing from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts and Technologies from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Anna has also completed a 4-year apprenticeship in Bookbinding and Rare Book Conservation at the University of Iowa Libraries. She taught bookbinding at the University of Iowa from 1998 - 2003, has worked as studio coordinator for the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and in conservation at the University of Iowa Libraries. Anna's experience as a book arts educator makes her an invaluable participant in the panel on book arts education.


Don Etherington


Don was educated and trained in England and came to America in 1970 where he worked with the Library of Congress as the Assistant Restoration Officer and at the University of Texas at Austin as Chief Conservation Officer. Don is nationally and internationally recognized for innovative design and implementation of state-of-the-art conservation procedures, including phased preservation programs for libraries and institutions. He earned fellowships in both the American Institute for Conservation and the International Institute for Conservation. He is an active member of the American Library Association and the Guild of Book Workers. Don is also a renowned Design Bookbinder and has exhibited his work worldwide. His efforts in organizing and conducting workshops have spanned the globe during the last 10 years. Currently, Don is President of the Etherington Conservation Center and is a consultant to the National Archives for the future display of the Declaration of Independence. In his presentation he will give a historical background on book conservation.


Katherine Hayles


Katherine is the Hillis Professor of Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she teaches and writes on the relations of literature, technology and science in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her recent book How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics won the Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-99, and her latest book Writing Machines won the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Kate’s current interests are focused on the materiality of texts and their relation to the cultural and technological contexts that produced them. Her presentation will explore the future of print books and reading.

Jim Larsen



Jim, who joined the family library bindery after college in 1968, is the President of Bridgeport National Bindery in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bridgeport National Bindery is known for its innovative transition from traditional library binding to books-on-demand production. Jim Larsen has directed the introduction of the latest in-line technologies without losing sight of the need for durability or the aesthetics of skilled hand bookbinding. Previously, he was the President of the Library Binding Institute, the trade association of the Library Binding industry.


Julie Leonard


Julie maintains a studio in Iowa City, Iowa and teaches book arts and graphic design at the University of Iowa. After obtaining a BA in History from Vassar College, she studied book design and illustration at the New England School of Art & Design. While working as a book designer, she began to explore book structures, decorative paper techniques and hand papermaking. She was both an artist in residence and a studio coordinator at Penland School of Craft from 1990-1993. She received an MFA in Design and a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts from the University of Iowa in May, 2001. Julia’s work has been shown in galleries across the country and her work is in the collections of the Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, University of Delaware, University of Iowa, Ringling School of Art & Design. She has taught book arts at The University of Iowa’s Center for the Book, Penland School of Craft, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and a number of art centers. She has been a visiting artist and teacher in the public schools in Western North Carolina and Iowa City. Her experience as a designer, book artist and educator will contribute much to the panel on book conservation education.

Chela Metzger


Chela  teaches book lab courses at the Kilgarlin  Center for  Preservation of the Cultural Record, part of the  The School  of Information--  University of Texas at Austin. She joined the faculty there in 2001, after earning a graduate library degree and completing the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program in 1993.  Her experience in book conservation includes an internship in rare book conservation at the Library of Congress, and several different project conservator positions at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. One of her enduring interests lies in book conservation in South America. She taught for 2 years at the Huntington as part of a Lampadia/Getty program for visiting South American Conservators.  In 2000 she completed a Fulbright Lectureship in Argentina, and has taught  book conservation workshops in Chile, Peru and Guatemala. Her experience as an  educator will add deep perspective to the panel discussion on  book conservation education.

Bill Minter


Bill was Bill Anthony’s first apprentice in the 1970s. In 1978, Bill opened his own shop specializing in bookbinding and the conservation of rare books and manuscripts for university libraries and museums, rare book dealers, and private collectors. Bill has made remarkable contributions to the technologies of library conservation including his invention and development of the sonic sealer for archival encapsulations. He has served as the chairman for both the Book and Paper Group, and Conservators in Private Practice – specialty groups of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works. He has also been president and program chair of the Chicago Area Conservation Group. Bill is an active member of the Guild of Book Workers (USA), The Institute of Paper Conservation (UK), and Designer Bookbinders (UK). He maintains a studio in Woodbury, PA. He will contribute as moderator to the panel discussion on the legacy of Bill Anthony.

Paul Parisi


Paul is the President of Acme Bookbinding, a full service bindery, providing limited edition binding, library binding, and other book binding products. He is considered a pioneer in the automation of library binding. He is also an authority on the quality standards of his specialty. Through his work with the Library Binding Institute, he co-authored the current industry standards as well as the ANSI\NISO standard for library binding. Acme’s 15-person digital imaging operation has been in place since the 1980s. Originally set up to scan and produce facsimile copies of library books too damaged to rebind, the department’s scanning, design, and high-speed printing capabilities were enhanced to create an interface for the needs of on-demand publishers. Paul will provide valuable perspective on a panel discussing books-on-demand publishing.


Susan Peterson


Susan Peterson currently provides business development consulting services to printers, publishers, book retailers and libraries. In this role, her expertise is focused on publisher digital business development, coordination of print and eBook programs, sales distribution and marketing services and strategic planning. Peterson, who has been involved with the development of both the print and the electronic digital markets since 1998, was most recently Baker & Taylor’s Vice President of Digital Business Development where she planned and executed growth strategies for the company’s Print on Demand and eBook Distribution Programs. Peterson has more than 30 years experience in publishing and distribution. Prior to joining Baker & Taylor, she held management positions at Little Brown and Company, Bantam Doubleday Dell and Ingram’s Lightning Source, Inc. She has also served as co-chair of the Open eBook Forum Library Special Interest Group working with libraries, publishers, distributors and service providers to address industry issues and to promote eBooks in both public and academic library markets. Her presentation will address the development of eContent as part of the natural evolution of the industry as well as the importance of incorporating digital formats into existing publication and distribution workflows.


Roberta Pilette


Bobbie is currently the Head of the Preservation Department at Yale University Library. She is a graduate of the Columbia Conservation Education Program (1984) and has been head of conservation labs at Columbia University Libraries and the New York Historical Society Library, as well as associate chief of preservation treatment at the New York Public Library. She also co-edited Preservation: Issues & Planning with Paul Banks. Bobbie was on the faculty and taught conservation courses at the University of Texas at Austin’s Preservation and Conservation Studies program, now known as the Kilgarlin Center for the Preservation of the Cultural Record. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University, the Palmer School of Library & Information Science’s C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, and the Graduate School for Library & Information Science at Simmons College. Bobbie will address issues of book conservation within the scope of library preservation.

Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler



Mary Lynn, Chief of the Document Conservation Laboratory, joined the staff of the National Archives and Records Administration in 1985. She has written extensively on archives preservation topics and participated in the Charters of Freedom preservation project. Recently Mary Lynn went to Baghdad, Iraq where she was on an assignment to salvage archival materials documenting the Iraqi Jewish community that were severely damaged during the recent hostilities. Previously she worked for the Society of American Archivists and the University of Illinois at Chicago and studied bookbinding for many years in Chicago. As keynote speaker she will share her knowledge of history of the craft of Chicago hand bookbinding in the late 19th and early 20th century.


Pam Spitzmueller


Pam is Chief Conservator for Special Collections in the Harvard University Libraries where she heads the Weissman Preservation Center Conservation Lab. She previously headed the conservation department at the UI Libraries, and worked as a rare book conservator at the Library of Congress and the Newberry Library. Recognized for the technical excellence and historical sensitivity of her conservation treatments, Pam’s replicas of historical book structures and her artists’ books have been widely exhibited at libraries and art galleries including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Center for Book Arts, the Boston Athenaeum, Grolier Club, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Barbican Centre in London. Pam lectures and teaches book structures and their history, as well as binding one-of-a-kind books focused on structure complementing text. Her main interests are book sewing techniques, long and link stitch bookbinding, atlas structures, and girdle/overcover style bindings. Pam is also a co-director of the Paper and Book Intensive, an annual event focusing on high-level specialist instructor / participant interaction in traditional and innovative courses. Pam will speak on the relationship between book conservation and the book arts.


DJ Stout

DJ Stout is a sixth generation Texan, born in Alpine. He received his BFA in design communication with a minor in illustration from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Between 1987 and 1999, he was the award-winning Art Director of Texas Monthly magazine. In January 2000 DJ joined Pentagram as a partner in the Austin office.

During DJ's tenure, Texas Monthly was nominated for ten National Magazine Awards and won three, for Photography and for General Excellence in 1990, and again for General Excellence in 1992. He has also designed many award-winning books, including Mojo and Heaven of Animals for the photographer Keith Carter. In a special 1998 issue, American Photo magazine selected DJ as one of the “100 most important people in photography”. He continues his work in editorial design, identity, and the development of promotional programs.

Sarah Townsend


Sarah is a poet, teacher of writing, and researcher in the field of multimodal/multimedia textuality. A PhD candidate in Language, Literacy and Culture at the University of Iowa, her coursework combined pedagogy and considerations of literacy with more concrete study of book structures and electronic publication media. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has published poetry in traditional print journals; as a digital literacies scholar, she is also author of "Writing the Digital Body: A Textual Close Reading of The Minotaur Project," appearing online in the February 2005 issue of The Iowa Review Web. Sarah has also maintained a web-based journal for nine years.

Kim White


Kim works as a researcher for The Institute for the Future of the Book, which is co-located at Columbia University and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center. Kim is also a text artist who works with experimental book forms. Her background in visual art and graphic design co-mingle in her concrete poetry and experimental prose. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and has written several books for print and electronic media including: Scratching for Something, The Minotaur Project, The New Disease, and Stories of Chloe Roman (forthcoming). Her work has been published in The Iowa Review Web, Chain, Columbia, and Sojourner. She teaches creative writing in the summer high school program at Columbia University.



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