Front cover image for Mooring a field : Paul N. Banks and the education of library and archives conservators

Mooring a field : Paul N. Banks and the education of library and archives conservators

Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa (Author), Legacy Press (Publisher)
"Little critical attention has been given to the history of the library and archives conservation field and specialization. Mooring a Field addresses this historical silence, narrating the period from the 1950s through the 1980s, when the nascent profession emerges from the stirrings of a "craft" activity to become an area of advanced study in the academy. Cunningham-Kruppa questions the philosophical, theoretical, and practical "nature" of library and archives conservation. She asks why it took so long for the specialization to win a seat in the academy, and interrogates the positioning of conservation education in the library and information science domain. Finally, she suggests that the forces that historically destabilized the field's moorings in higher education continue to resonate in today's conversations targeted at defining the specialization's intellectual, disciplinary, and socio-cultural domain in the academy.Mooring a Field traces the professional career of Paul N. Banks (1934-2000): his far-reaching networks; his early, long, and deep involvement in the field; and his work, thinking, and actions that allowed meaningful insights into the world in which he operated. Banks became one of the nation's first conservators to head a conservation department in a research library, and in 1978 the first library and archives conservator to become president of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.In 1981 Banks assumed the helm as director of the first graduate education program dedicated to preserving collections held in the nation's libraries and archives. When the first class of three conservator students of the Conservation Education Programs began graduate study in fall 1981 in the School of Library Service of Columbia University in New York City, Banks realized his long-time dream, one that had been foremost in his thoughts and had driven him professionally for twenty years."-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2019
Legacy Press, Ann Arbor, 2019
285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
9781940965154, 1940965152
Chapter 1. From Carnegie Tech to New York City : Paul Noble Banks invents himself
Chapter 2. Florence, Italy 1966 : test bedding a new field
Chapter 3. When the right program comes along : the politics of professionalism
Chapter 4. "Selective excellence" : Columbia's School of Library Service and the conservation education programs
Conclusion. The pivot toward academic viability
Author's biography