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.


Department Contact Information

402 Pattee Library
University Park, PA 16802

L. Suzanne Kellerman

Judith O Sieg Chair for Preservation

Preservation Conservation and Digitization Staff

Name Title Email Office Phone
Rachel Abrams Part-Time Preservation Services Assistant 814-865-1793
Sara Abu Aridah Graduate Assistant - Digital Preservation 814-863-4696
Wendy Adams Digital Processing Specialist 814-863-8331
Clare Belmonte Part-Time Staff 814-863-4696
Sarah Bildner Digital Production Supervisor 814-863-8495
Amelia Blevins Part-Time Staff 814-863-4696
Justin Davis Part-Time Conservation Specialist 814-863-4696
L. Suzanne Kellerman Judith O Sieg Chair for Preservation 814-863-4696
Joseph Lysiak Digital Processing Specialist 814-863-7618
Ruby Martinez Part-Time Digital Preservation Assistant 814-863-4696
Bill Minter Senior Book Conservator 814-863-2885
Catherine Orochena Preservation and Conservation Specialist 814-863-4696
Jacque Quinn Preservation Services Manager 814-863-4280
Bethann Rea Digital Collections Management Librarian 814-865-7919
Katherine Shenk Digital Processing Specialist 814-863-4696