October 30, 2013
Gary Frost joins the Department as Guest Lecturer in Book Conservation
This fall, the department was thrilled to welcome Gary Frost as our Guest Lecturer in Book Conservation funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Gary is currently Conservator Emeritus at the University of Iowa Main Library where he has taught since 1999. His career began at the Newberry Library in Chicago in 1969 when he joined the staff under the supervision of Paul Banks and Norvell Jones working his way up to managing the Newberry’s conservation program. In 1981, he joined founder Paul Banks as a member of the faculty at Columbia University’s School of Library Service Preservation/Conservation training, and followed it on its move to become the Preservation and Conservation Studies Program (PCS) at the University of Texas at Austin, where he remained until 1999. He also taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and developed innovative new methods of treating circulating collections, which were based on early binding styles while at BookLab. A co-founder of Paper and Book Intensive (PBI) in 1983, he continues to serve on its board. He has published numerous articles on the theory and practice of book conservation as well as the implication of digitization for reading that he discusses on his website: www.futureofthebook.com
Gary has been awarded the Banks and Harris Award of the American Library Association, the Lifetime Award of the Guild of Book Workers and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation. We welcome Gary and look forward to his many contributions to our department.