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Workshop: Book Repair Doctor to the Rescue

Monday, October 19 – Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center

All inclusive, covers pBook_Doctor_Ghost_Rancher person workshop registration, double-occupancy lodging & meals from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure. Room with Private Bath $1,355; with Shared Bath, $1115, with Communal Bath, $1,025, Commuter $678; Camping rates also available.

This class, taught by Jeanne Drewes who is Chief of Binding and Collections at the Library of Congress, provides library staff and all book-lovers a better understanding about the destructive elements to paper-based materials and the hands-on experience to repair them. Techniques include page mends, hinge tightening, spine replacement, corner repair, and book text reattachment through sewing and/or gluing.

Caring for library and private collections is a challenge at any time, but particularly difficult when resources are limited. With care and technique, book and magazine life can be extended. Become a book doctor and make your library and archive materials “fit for purpose.” The class is particularly useful to librarians but all book-lovers wishing to learn the techniques for becoming a book doctor are very welcome. Participants may bring their own books in need of evaluation and repair or work with those at the Ghost Ranch Library.

Instructor: Jeanne Drewes has been the Chief of Binding and Collections Care in the Preservation Directorate at the United States Library of Congress since June 2006, as well as Manager of the Mass Deacidification Program. Previously, she was Assistant Director of Preservation at Michigan State University Libraries, and head of Preservation at Johns Hopkins University Library. She
received her Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and was a Mellon Intern for Preservation Administration at the University of Michigan. An active member of the American Institute for Conservation, she serves on their CERT team assisting cultural institutions after disasters. She has taught workshops on book-binding and book and paper treatment for
over twenty years including at Ghost Ranch, in conjunction with writing workshops
in 2007 and 2009.

About Ghost RanchGhost_Ranch

Ghost Ranch, 21,000 acres located in Northern New Mexico, is an ecumenical and interfaith education and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church (USA). For over half a century, people have come here for spiritual development, to discuss issues of peace and justice, to work together in creation care, to paint and write, to hike and to ride horseback, to research rich and globally renowned archaeological and fossil quarries, to see where Georgia O’Keeffe painted, to try something new or to simply rest and renew their spirits.

For more information and registration, click here for the workshop flyer.

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