workshop attendees practice cleaning techniques to remove mold / photo credit Wil Lin

The LAPNet workshop on mold prevention and remediation was a great success.   50 people attended the morning lecture, and the hands-on afternoon session was sold-out when we reached the limit of 20 people.  Here’s the description and a few photos, courtesy of Wil Lin from UCLA.

Mold : Prevention and Remediation, presented by Michele Brown, Book Conservator at Cornell University. Location: The Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. DATE: MAY 25, 2011


What is mold? How do you identify it? What types of mold can we expect to find on heritage materials? What do we do if we find it? How can we prevent it from occurring in the future? This workshop will address these questions and other concerns that participants may have regarding mold in their collections. We will begin in the morning with a discussion of the life cycle of mold, types of mold likely to occur in libraries and museums, and what conditions contribute to mold growth in libraries and museums. In the afternoon we will explore ways to treat mold if it does occur in your collection. We will pay particular attention to the methods and equipment necessary for safeguarding the health and safety of library staff that may have to deal with mold outbreaks.

Instructor: Michele Brown has been the book conservator at Cornell University since 1995. She is responsible for complex treatment of special collections, as well as for coordination of disaster planning and remediation for Cornell libraries. She received a Certificate in Hand Bookbinding and Restoration from the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. She has conducted numerous workshops in collections care, disaster planning, and mold prevention and remediation.

More photos from the mold workshop:

Michele Brown demonstrates use of isopropyl alcohol / photo credit Wil Lin

photo credit L. Perrotta

Workshop attendees practice using a HEPA

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