In keeping with Gallery Night Providence’s July focus on paper, we are very pleased to have “Library Materials Conservator” Rachel Lapkin as one of our Celebrity Guides. Rachel will be hosting our Collectors Tour and will discuss the preservation and storage of art works on paper.
Rachel Lapkin is the Library Materials Conservator for the Brown University Libraries, a position she has held since 2011. Before coming to Brown, she was a conservator at the New York Botanical Garden’s Mertz Library, and the Newberry Library in Chicago where she also served as a Save America’s Treasures intern, and held other training positions at the University of Iowa and Indiana University. Book conservation has allowed Rachel to learn from and participate in a community of artists and scientists, two camps of skilled craftspeople dedicated to preserving this one particular, yet ever-varied form of the human record. She thinks of books as the perfect combination of ingenuity, technology, precision and imperfection. Rachel earned her Masters in Library Science with a Specialization in Special Collections from Indiana University in 2001.