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About ISL Preservation

The mission of Indiana State Library Preservation Services is to improve and ensure long-term, ongoing  access to the cultural and historical collections of the Indiana State Library. The department, staffed by one full-time conservator, as well as volunteers and occasional interns, fulfills this primary goal by providing conservation treatments of collections items and implementing preventive care and administrative policies. The conservator also provides information and training to the statewide library community and, on occasion, the general public through consultations and workshops.

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  • Preservation Week Roadshow: April 26

    Kick off National Preservation Week by attending the Preservation Week Road Show at the Indiana History Center. Learn about the value of historic objects in your family collections and how to best care for and preserve them from appraisers and collection conservators.

    Activities to include "How to Use" sessions highlighting the respective collections of the Indiana Historical Society, Indiana State Archives and Indiana State Library, as well as ticketed timed reservations for free one-on-one consultations for professional appraisers and conservators.

    EVENT DETAILS

    WHEN: April 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
    (Note: Appointments available from 10 AM-noon and 2-4 PM)

    WHERE: Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center (directions)

    Help Save Our Hoosier Heritage

    If you would like to contribute to the preservation of Hoosier heritage at the Indiana State Library, please consider volunteering your time or making a donation.

    • Volunteer at ISL Preservation – For those who can volunteer for at least one three-hour shift per week. Contact ISL Preservation for more information.

    • Make a charitable gift to the Indiana State Library Foundation – For those who might not have time available, but would still like to support ISL preservation efforts. Contact the ISLF and ask how you can make a charitable gift towards the ISL Preservation Department.

    Treatments carried out recently in the Conservation Lab

    Before and After picture detailing the treatment of an 1852 publisher’s cloth binding from the Library’s Collection

    Before and After picture detailing the treatment of a local Indiana map

    Details of the 1996 treatment of the 1816 manuscript of the Indiana State Constitution

    Contact the Lab:

    ISL Preservation Lab
    Indiana State Library

    140 North Senate Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Rebecca Shindel
    Conservator

    317-503-9941
    rshindel@library.in.gov
     

    CO RS 1-10-2014