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UI Libraries Names Conservator

Release: August 3, 1999

The University of Iowa Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Frost as Conservator at the University Libraries. Frost is one of the most respected conservators and conservation educators in the country. He has worked as a conservator at the Newberry Library in Chicago, in private practice in Chicago, New York and Austin, and as a Vice-President of BookLab Inc., a commercial conservation facility serving a national library customer base.

Frost has taught conservation practice at the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Texas, Austin, as well as in workshops, presentations and seminars around the country. He has an extensive record of publications and exhibits, along with a wide range of professional contributions to the book conservation and book arts communities.

“With his strong background in both conservation practice and education, Gary Frost is well positioned to both maintain and strengthen the conservation program at Iowa. We’re excited to have him on board,” noted Edward Shreeves, Director, Collections & Information Resources at the University of Iowa Libraries.

“Gary is a dynamic figure in the fields of conservation, book arts, and the future of the book”, said Tim Barrett, Director of the UI Center for the Book. “I’m convinced he’ll have an important influence on the ideas we generate at the Center for the Book and the direction we take Book Studies at the UI.”

The Conservation Department at the University of Iowa Libraries is a nationally recognized conservation and teaching program founded in 1984 by the late Bill Anthony. Frost joined the University of Iowa staff in July.