Since 2007, Doug Sanders has served as Paper Conservator, responsible for preservation and conservation of IU Libraries collections. In this role, his day-to-day work encompasses interventive and preventative care for the Libraries’ vast paper-based collections, addressing issues of deterioration created by handling, age and inherent vice. He also assists with the development of policy to insure collection items last well into the future.
His areas of interest and expertise include conservation of paper-based fine art, archives and library materials; identification and analysis of historic manuscript and book materials; and historic craft- and art-making techniques.
Previous to joining the Libraries, Doug worked as a conservator at such notable institutions as the Indiana Historical Society, University of Durham (UK), The National Trust (UK), and the Northeast Document Conservation Center. He holds a Master of Arts in Conservation of Fine Art from the University of Northumbria (UK) and completed a dual degree program through Tufts University / School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.