New Head of Preservation – Kate Contakos

For over three years, we have been searching for the right person to fill our need for our “preservation conscience, activist, and leader” – the head of our Preservation Department. I am happy to announce that Kate Contakos joined SULAIR on February 14, 2011, in this position. Kate was earning her second masters and doing free-lance conservation consulting in London before relocating back to the US for our position. Before moving to London, Kate had been the Preservation Coordinating Librarian at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. She worked at NYU for a number of years as a Preservation Librarian and as a Preservation Consultant at Preservation Technologies, a highly-regarded commercial preservation enterprise.

Kate’s experiences and talents reach across a broad spectrum of library preservation responsibilities; among them: holding various roles in digitization projects, managing media and microfilm reforming projects, conducting collection assessments, presenting disaster preparedness sessions and collections care and handling workshops, conserving incunables, and providing leadership and vision to all preservation activities. We are most fortunate to have her join us.

Kate’s primary office is on Meyer 3, across the aisle from the Systems’ Department enclave. She will travel between Meyer and her secondary office at 1450 Page Mill Road, downstairs from the Conservation Lab and the Book Repair Unit. She is best reached by mobile phone (650.391.3861) or email ( Please stop by to give her a hearty welcome.

Catherine Tierney
Associate University Librarian for Technical Services

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