Name and work title:
Nicole Dobrowolski, Conservation/Preservation Technician
What do you do in the library?
I repair books, pamphlets, maps, and other paper-based items so that they can continue to be used by patrons. When an item is damaged due to regular wear and tear, negligence, intentional vandalism, or even previous attempts at repair using non-archival techniques such as tape (never use tape), it comes to the Preservation Department and we attempt to restore it to a usable format while conserving as much of the original item as possible. I’m currently working on a [Re]Housing project for Archives & Special Collections wherein items from the Montana collection are removed from old acidic binders, repaired if possible, and put into more appropriate enclosures.
What are you watching/reading/listening to right now?
I recently re-watched the original Star Wars trilogy (on VHS, no less). I just finished reading The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. LeGuin and I’m now starting a re-read of Sabriel by Garth Nix. I am always listening to music: the theme from Reading Rainbow is running through my head right now.