At the end of last semester, the University of Iowa Staff Council recognized Linda Lundy with a Longevity Award for her 35 years of continuous service.
Linda began her UI career working in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Later, she accepted a position in the Government Publications department of the UI Libraries. When that department closed, she transitioned to the Preservation & Conservation Department. Gary Frost, Conservator at the time, taught Linda how to make custom protective boxes and enclosures.
During her career in the Preservation & Conservation Department, Linda has made more almost 6,600 boxes and other custom enclosures for collection materials. She also sews book futons, padded cradles used to support fragile books. One of Linda’s favorite projects was creating a cover for the University’s 1903 commencement podium (pictured at right).
“We are so lucky to have Linda in the Conservation Lab,” said Conservator Giselle Simón, Linda’s supervisor. “She not only makes our custom boxes, but thank goodness she’s a great sewer! If you happen to call a book in any of our special collection reading rooms (Art, Hardin, Special Collections, IWA, Music…) you’ll see her handiwork in every book “futon” cradle that supports what you are reading. Also, in this month of February, it goes without saying that the person with the biggest heart here is Linda. She is always looking out for her fellow Lab folk. Thank you, Linda!”
Congratulations Linda, we appreciate your continued service!