Penn Libraries is proud to announce another great step forward in the enrichment of its conservation program: the hiring of Sarah Reidell as the Margy Meyerson Head of Conservation. A conservator of rare books, paper and parchment, Ms. Reidell comes to Penn Libraries from the New York City Public Library, where she most recently held the position of associate conservator for rare books and paper. She has also held positions at Harvard University’s Weissman Preservation Center and Philadelphia’s Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts. Recently nominated to be a Fellow of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Ms. Reidell serves as the publications committee chair of the AIC (the only national membership organization of conservation professionals that is dedicated to the preservation of cultural materials) and has held other elected positions within the Book and Paper Group specialization. Ms. Reidell has also lectured and led hands-on professional development workshops for conservators at leading national cultural institutions on areas of technical expertise and conservation practice.
As Head of Conservation, Ms. Reidell will be responsible for care and treatment of the special collections of the Penn Libraries, consisting of about 300,000 rare books and 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts. Working with the MacDonald Curator of Preservation, Ian Bogus, Ms. Reidell will develop and implement conservation plans for the long-term sustainability of the Libraries’ special collections holdings. “Sarah Reidell is a wonderful addition to the Penn Libraries team,” said Mr. Bogus, “She is an experienced conservator who is well respected in the field for exploring new and effective ways that institutions can perform conservation.” Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Will Noel, feels that Ms. Reidell’s skills and experiences make her the perfect person to head the conservation team, ensuring that Penn’s extraordinary holdings are used by researchers and students not only today, but far into the future. According to Dr. Noel, “Sarah and her staff will be essential for, and add luster and expertise to the many research projects, digitization programs and pedagogical activities that take place in the Penn Libraries.”
The recruitment of Head of Conservation was made possible thanks to an endowment in honor of longtime advocate and ambassador of the Penn Libraries, Margy Ellin Meyerson, G’93. Ms. Meyerson has built an incredible legacy at the Libraries and the University together with her late husband, Penn President Emeritus Martin Meyerson, since the 1970s. Serving on the Penn Libraries’ Board of Overseers since 1993 and as honorary co-chair of the Orrery Society, Ms. Meyerson is an exceptionally engaged, generous and forward-thinking supporter of the Penn Libraries.