Preservation Conservation and Digitization

Preservation, Conservation & Digitization (PCD) is responsible for the preservation of the University Libraries’ collections in all formats including paper-based books, works of art on paper, photographs, maps, media, and digital files.

Broadly speaking, PCD takes a holistic approach to the preservation and access to library collections through several activities:

  • Performs a thorough assessment of the condition of an item or entire collection
  • Provides digitization and conversion services
  • Manages commercial binding and mass acid removal/reduction program
  • Responds to collection disaster emergencies
  • Constructs new housing for originals, including rare and special format materials
  • Handles the long term preservation of digital assets

PCD is also responsible for digitizing and building collections for online access through CONTENTdm, and for the long-term preservation of digital files. Our digital preservation team ensures this through a number of initiatives with:

The latest addition to PCD is a state-of-the art, fully equipped Conservation Centre, located off-site. The Centre has an impressive workroom that can handle everything from a postage stamp to a large wall mural. The Centre also has two special rooms to store and handle contaminated library materials, such as those with mold, mildew, or insect infestation, and another room that is controlled under negative air pressure to avoid spreading contaminants elsewhere.

Resources

Department Contact Information

402 Pattee Library
University Park, PA 16802

Lydia Kellerman

Judith O. Sieg Chair for Preservation

Preservation Conservation and Digitization Staff

Name Title Email Office Phone
Wendy Adams Digital Processing Specialist wes15@psu.edu 814-863-8331
Steven Harkins Part-Time Staff sdh258@psu.edu 814-863-4696
L. Suzanne Kellerman Judith O. Sieg Chair for Preservation lsk3@psu.edu 814-863-4696
Ruth Kozar Binding Specialist rck7@psu.edu 814-863-4696
Joseph Lysiak Part-Time Staff jql5385@psu.edu 814-863-4696
Bill Minter Senior Book Conservator wdm14@psu.edu 814-863-2885
Catherine Orochena Part-Time Staff cko5041@psu.edu 814-863-4696
Jacque Quinn Preservation Services Supervisor jjq13@psu.edu 814-863-4280
Bethann Rea Digital Collections Management Librarian baz5008@psu.edu 814-865-7919
Albert Rozo Digital Preservation Specialist axr25@psu.edu (814) 865-9698
Terry Schiavone Digital Processing Specialist tms362@psu.edu 814-863-7618
Nathan Tallman Digital Preservation Librarian ntt7@psu.edu 814-865-0860
Clay Wulbrecht Part-Time Staff crw5624@psu.edu 814-863-4696