Author Archives: Saira

About Saira

Saira is a newly fledged book conservator currently working in Saint Paul, MN.

Relying on the Experts

I realize I haven’t posted here for the last year. In part it’s because in February 2017 I began working as book and paper conservator at the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS). Whenever one begins working for a large institution there’s … Continue reading

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NC is a no-go: bathrooms, libraries, and the limits of welcoming

Originally posted on Feral Librarian:
Text and some of the slides of talk I gave (remotely) at/for TRLN17AM: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Title slide below. See what I did there? The original version of this talk started out with an explanation about why…

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Leading a Conservation Workshop in Pakistan

On December 22nd, I had the unique opportunity to lead a workshop at the National Museum of Pakistan in Karachi, the city in which I spent mostĀ of my childhood. Arranged by the Mohatta Palace Museum, the workshop included nine attendees … Continue reading

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From The Lab: Stabilizing A Tattoo Sketchbook

For the last three months or so, I’ve been interning at the New York Historical Society. One of the more interesting projects I completed there was theĀ stabilization of a tattoo sketchbook which will be featured in an upcoming exhibit. The … Continue reading

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A DIY Brush Rest

It is a truth universally acknowledged* that a brush covered with adhesive must be placed somewhere. And if you’re like me, it drives you slightly insane when it’s placed on something and promptly rolls off, smearing said adhesive over your … Continue reading

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On Professional Presentations: Lessons Learned

This spring, I presented a paper and a poster at two conferences: The Care and Conservation of Manuscripts Conference in Copenhagen, and the AIC/CAC Joint Annual Meeting. (If you are curious, the poster is available on my digital portfolio, and … Continue reading

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Watch This Space!

I just got back from the joint annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation and its Canadian counterpart. It was a fantastic conference, even if I did fall sick halfway through, but if you missed it — fear not! … Continue reading

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