Member of the Week: Jeanne Drewes

Jeanne DrewesJeanne Drewes is Chief of the Binding and Collections Care Division/ Deacidification Program at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Jeanne has been an ACRL member since 2010, and is your ACRL member of the week for January 19, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, dedicated, focused.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I love Rasputina and Kaki King. I am reading a number of books: Tom Vick’s Asian Cinema; John Unkau’s Looking at Architecture with Ruskin; and Janet and Laura Greenwald’s Get Your Stuff Together, which is a very useful book to help avoid disastrous loss in a disaster. I am also reading Elephant Rocks, by Kay Ryan, former Poet Laureate. I always carry with me one of the ALA publications – C&RL, College and Research Libraries News, or American Libraries – because I can read articles during down time such as standing in line, or on the Metro and then do follow up from those articles when I get to work.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Connecting, informing, professional.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the programming and the publications, but most importantly I value the forum ACRL provides to connect with professionals and exchange ideas, solutions, and visions relating to our field.

5. What do you as a preservationist contribute to the higher education community? I use new technology to preserve and make accessible information, in many forms, for students, educators, researchers and future generations of scholars. One of the most interesting technologies to me is the ability to share the research and public programs we offer here, through webinars and videoconferencing to broadcast the preservation knowledge here at the Library of Congress. Our programs are often available even after the date by going to the website.

6. In your own words: My job is particularly satisfying because it enables me to interact with people from a wide-range of cultural institutions – libraries, archives, and museums. I use my knowledge and experience to help people preserve their treasures – those things that hold the memories of a culture or of a lifetime – for use, study or old-fashioned reminiscence by people who come after me. My day job is preserving the unmatched collections at the Library of Congress, so that those materials will last for future generations but my avocation is preserving family/individual collections such as family photographs or love letters from grandparents, or whatever holds memories. Also, when I have the luxury of unscheduled time, I enjoy hand book binding.

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