The Preservation and Presence of Textiles in Library and Museum Collections: A Panel and Discussion
This panel brings together a unique group of librarians and conservators from the Library of Congress and The Textile Museum at the George Washington University, to discuss the presence and preservation of textiles and textile-related items. Panelists will give short presentations, discussing preservation tactics for textiles in library and museum settings. Following this, there will be a Q&A. This event is free and open to the public via Webex. Please complete the Eventbrite registration to attend this event.
– Dan Paterson (Senior Conservator, Book Conservation Section, Conservation Division, Library of Congress)
– Eiichi Ito (Japanese Reference Specialist, Asian Division, Library of Congress)
– Kathy Woodrell (Reference Specialist, Decorative Arts and Architecture, Researcher and Reference Services Division, Library of Congress)
– Maria Fusco (Chief Conservator, The Textile Museum at the George Washington University)
– Yasmeen Khan (Head, Paper Conservation Section, Conservation Division, Library of Congress)
– Charlotte Giles (South Asia reference librarian, Asian Division, Library of Congress)
– Jonathan Loar (South Asia reference librarian, Asian Division, Library of Congress)
The Smithsonian’s five art libraries house, curate, and provide access to printed and digital resources on the arts of many time periods, many cultures, and in many languages. In these libraries, you’ll find information on contemporary global art, design and decorative art from the Renaissance to the present, American art, African art, and the art of Asia and the Middle East.
Maybe you are a painter, and you want to know the chemical composition of the blue color typically found in Persian miniature paintings. Or maybe you’re an educator looking for information on Edward Hopper’s 1942 painting “Nighthawks” or examples of the kissi pennies (coins of the soul) that were traded throughout Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. Our librarians can help you find all these things and more.
Usually, you can reach these experts in many different ways, including by emailing AskaLibrarian@si.edu, but on Tuesday, August 18 at 5pm ET, we’re giving you the special opportunity to “Ask a Librarian Live!” Librarians from some of our art branches — Anne Evenhaugen, Kathryn Phillips, and Jacqueline Protka — will share insight into how they and our libraries support research and education, especially during this pandemic, and will answer your questions.
Registration is optional — you do not need to register to participate. However, by registering you help us learn about who is attending our programs, so we can better serve our audiences. You’ll also get an opportunity to opt in to receive emails from us, including invitations to future programs. Register here.
How to Join
You can watch this event on Facebook.