The Libraries welcomes Don Stankavage to the Preservation Services Department this summer as he completes his practicum requirement toward an MLIS at Catholic University.
Don, originally from Sidney, New York, received an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing at the State University of New York in New Paltz. Encouraged by his sister in Washington to relocate here, Don landed his first job with the Smithsonian Institution providing administrative support for the Office of Protective Services. In 2000 he changed course, and has since worked as a consultant for Lindamood-Bell, a center providing services to students with learning challenges.
Don is armed with a love for books and history (he collects translations of ancient Latin literature). He hopes to incorporate these disciplines and his experiences in paper and book repair in the Libraries’ conservation lab into a future library career, preferably as a rare book librarian.
“I practically lived in the library while in college, and have never forgotten it. I see library and preservation work as an extension of my current teaching job; providing access to information while creating and preserving materials for learning and scholarship. I enjoy the thought of keeping books and information alive.”
—Vanessa Haight Smith