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Yale University Library Launches Lecture Series with Talk on “Sustainable Stewardship”

James M. Reilly, Director of the Image Permanence Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will deliver the Yale University Library’s inaugural preservation lecture on Wednesday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall (128 Wall Street). The title of Reilly’s talk is “Sustainable Stewardship: The New Thinking, Preservation Environments and Building Operations.” A reception will follow.

Reilly is an expert on the effects of temperature and humidity on library, archival, and museum collections; the deterioration of 19th-century photographic prints; environmental monitoring and control; the management of film archives; and the major causes of image deterioration. He is the co-director of the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation at George Eastman House and in 1998 he received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The lecture series is being organized by the Yale University Library’s Preservation Department, which is responsible for the long-term care of the rich and unique record of human thought and creativity held by the Yale Library. The Department’s activities include education, outreach, research, repair, conservation, and reformatting of collections in all media.

A gift from Paul Schott Stevens, Class of 1974 and a member of the University Librarian’s Development Council, helped establish the series.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the lecture, contact Roberta Pilette at (203) 432-1714 or roberta.pilette@yale.edu.