Don Etherington to give 2009 Brodsky Lecture: A Sixty-year Odyssey in Bookbinding and Conservation

Don Etherington, President of Etherington Conservation Services, will give the 2009 Brodsky lecture on Friday, October 16th at 4 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Syracuse University’s Bird Library. A Sixty-year Odyssey in Bookbinding and Conservation chronicles Don Etherington’s career and describes how the bookbinding and conservation fields have evolved during this time and how he learned from and contributed to this evolution.
On Saturday, October 17, Don will also instruct a full-day workshop on the restoration and repair of historic cloth bindings using the combination of Japanese paper and linen. If possible, attendees should bring at least two books needing repair. No prerequisite is required for this workshop and tools will be available. Workshop fee (including all materials) is $100 and is free to students at Syracuse University. Enrollment is limited to 12 with priority given to Syracuse University students. The deadline for registration is October 2.
Don Etherington began bookbinding at age thirteen as a student at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and at Harrison’s & Company in London. He studied bookbinding and design with Edgar Mansfield and Ivor Robinson at the London School of Printing and worked as a conservator for the BBC and Roger Powell and Peter Waters. From 1967 to 1969, he was a training consultant at the Biblioteca Nazionale in Florence where he trained individuals in conservation practices as part of the flood response effort. He came to the Library of Congress (LC) in 1970 with Peter Waters, where he served as Training Officer and Assistant Restoration Officer. He served as Assistant Director and Chief Conservation Officer at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1987, he joined Information Conservation, Inc. where he created a new conservation division. In 1982, he co-authored, with Matt Roberts, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, the first comprehensive attempt to compile terminology from all the bookmaking and conservation fields
For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Peter Verheyen, Head of Preservation and Conservation at pdverhey@syr.edu or 315.443.9756 or visit the library web site at http://library.syr.edu/find/scrc/conservation/series/index.php





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