Book Preservation in the Wallace Conservation Lab

Written by: Bexx Caswell-Olson

Primary Source: Wallace Conservation Lab, June 21, 2016

Summer is my favorite time to humidify and flatten books since the relative humidity is usually a bit higher and can help things along.

Many vellum books in our special collections have become badly warped over time.  After flattening, they are boxed to prevent them from becoming warped in the future.

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Bexx Caswell-Olson
Before migrating to Michigan and beginning work at the MSU Libraries Wallace Conservation Lab, Bexx Caswell-Olson was employed as a bookbinder and book conservator in private practice in Iowa City, IA. Prior to running her own business, Bexx spent nearly a decade living in the Boston area where she worked in a variety of libraries and conservation labs, including those at Harvard and MIT. She is Vice President of the Guild of Book Workers, a national organization for those working in bookbinding, book conservation, and the book arts. Bexx holds a Certificate in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School and a Master’s of Library Science from Simmons College. In addition to her passion for bookbinding, Bexx also has an affinity for typography, bibliomysteries, seed bead weaving, and vegan baking.