Sarah Reidell is the Margy E. Meyerson Head of Conservation in the Penn Libraries where she leads and manages the Steven Miller Conservation Laboratory that cares for the long-term stability of the Libraries' collections and supports the mandate of the Preservation Department. She is a conservator who specializes in the care and treatment of bound, paper, and parchment materials. Sarah received an MLIS/CAS in the Conservation and Preservation of Library and Archival Materials from the University of Texas and an AB in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. She held previous appointments at The New York Public Library and Harvard University Library’s Weissman Preservation Center.
Sarah is an elected, peer-reviewed Fellow of The American Institute for Conservation (AIC). In 2018 she created and now co-leads an Ivy Plus Conservation alliance for libraries, galleries, and museums at 13 major research universities. She recently served as the Chair of the AIC Book and Paper Group, the largest specialty group within AIC. Sarah is a current member of the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) and NEH "Held in Trust" project and serves on the Field Sustainability Task Force, exploring the financial forecast for the cultural heritage sector in the US. The project will align with the overall goals of A More Perfect Union, NEH’s vision for the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Established in 2016, the Steven Miller Conservation Laboratory program has three primary goals: stabilization and protection of the Penn Libraries collection in all analog formats; preparation for exhibits and loans; and collaborative outreach to support other areas of the library and pedagogy. The state-of-the-art Steven Miller Conservation Laboratory was an early partner of the Penn Green Labs initiative and is committed to greening our laboratory practices to support Penn’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0. The lab also co-leads the informal CLAMP (Conservators at the Library and Museum at Penn) which fosters cross-campus fun and information sharing. Read more about how Conservation cares for Penn's collections here: https://www.library.upenn.edu/blogs/libraries-news/conserving-claudy-jongstras-fields-transformation