ALCTS Webinar: Housing Solutions for Objects in Collections

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sessions begin at 11 am Pacific | 12 Mountain | 1 pm Central | 2 pm Eastern and last about an hour.

Drawing on their experience housing complex objects from the Special Collections at New York University Libraries, including artists’ books, theater props, artwork, realia, and personal effects of important persons, the presenters will describe specific techniques for creating custom housings. The presenters will discuss considerations taken into account in approaching housing treatments, such as the objects’ composition and condition, as well as information from archivists and librarians regarding the objects’ context and known or anticipated use.

The techniques will be illustrated with images and simple animations that show all steps of the housing process. Housing options discussed will range from simple to complex, incorporating readily available materials that are adaptable to many types of objects.

Laura McCann will speak on the process of planning care for these types of objects and Angela Andres will describe practical aspects of creating housings that facilitate use. A comprehensive resources list will include specific information about supplies and tools.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain understanding in how to design and fabricate housings for nontraditional objects found in their libraries’ collections.

Who Should Attend?

Special collections staff particularly librarians and archivists with collection management responsibilities. Also processing archivists and catalogers.

Course Level & Prerequisites

Beginner and intermediate level.


Laura McCann has held the position of Conservation Librarian in the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department of New York University Libraries since 2006. Previous positions include Deputy Director and Paper Conservator of the New York Municipal Archives. Laura received a MS in Library and Information Science from the Palmer School, Long Island University, a MA in Paper Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts in 1997, and a BA in Art History from Bates College.

Angela Andres came to the Barbara Goldsmith Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory at New York University Libraries in 2006 and in January 2014 was appointed Special Collections Conservator. She previously worked in book conservation at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Angela received her BFA in Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and her MA in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison.


ALCTS Member (individual) . . . $43

Nonmember (individual) . . . $59

International (individual) . . . $43



(Applies to a group of people who will watch the webinar together from one access point.)

Member group . . . $99

Nonmember group . . . $129


All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording. All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session, so if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.


How to Register

To register, complete the online registration form or register by mail for the session you would like to attend.



For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager, at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or

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