Conservation lab as classroom

girdle bookbindingLast month, Burns Library Conservator Barbara Adams Hebard gave a presentation at the Association of College and Research Libraries, New England chapter annual meeting. The conference was focused on the evolution of the academic library as a place where students and faculty are conducting research and learning, and the physical and virtual spaces intentionally designed to encourage scholarship, collaboration and production. Hebard’s session was titled Really Making History: Craft Integrated in a Boston College History Course. She described working with History Professor Virginia Reinburg and her students in “HS4239 Early Printed Books: History and Craft” by integrating books from the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections in the curriculum and by incorporating hands-on workshops in the conservation lab as a part of the course. Hebard showed the students how to make a chemise-style book cover and the students each covered copies of What Are We? with cloth and imaginatively decorated the covers. Inspired by this course, Hebard created her own leather covered girdle bookbinding for New Testament and Psalms (Ignatius Press).  Her work (pictured) was on exhibit at the North Bennet Street School’s Windgate Gallery in Boston.

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