Effective January 1, 2019, Michelle Venditelli will be promoted to Head of Preservation, Conservation, and the Library Annex, consolidating the reporting line of preservation and conservation operations at the Brown Library.
Michelle will continue to report directly to Associate University Librarian for Access Services and Collection Management, Boaz Nadav-Manes, who will be replaced by the Interim AUL for Access Services and Collection Management, Pat Putney, when Boaz departs in mid-January 2019 to assume the role of inaugural Executive Director of Libraries at Lehigh University.
Michelle has worked at Brown since 1997. Under her leadership, the preservation unit has evolved its focus on conservation and exhibit support while also developing creative approaches to more generic binding needs. In addition, Michelle has worked closely with the Annex team to make our largest library a hub of operational excellence. She has been instrumental in disaster preparation and contributed her talents to the Library in many other ways.
In her new role as the Head of Preservation, Conservation, and the Library Annex, Michelle will assume direct responsibility for the library conservation operation and will soon launch a renewed search for a conservator.
Michelle holds a BA in Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Human Resources and MLIS, University of Rhode Island. Prior to working at the Brown Library, she managed Carriage House Paper in Boston, MA, apprenticed in bookbinding and letterpress printing, and taught paper making and marbling in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has also managed contemporary craft galleries in Los Angeles and Providence and worked as a bookbinder.