As Head of General Collections Conservation and Preservation, Elise Calvi is responsible for a set of activities designed to protect, stabilize, and improve the condition of the Libraries’ research collections. Elise oversees book conservation, commercial binding, and automated box-making, and is also responsible for disaster preparedness, monitoring environmental conditions, and carrying out preservation assessments. In addition to her work in the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab, she serves as a member of the Libraries’ Digital Preservation Policy Framework Task Force.
Elise developed an interest in systematic approaches to preservation activities through her early experience managing large-scale preservation projects for the Harvard Libraries. This led to co-authoring a book, The Preservation Manager’s Guide to Cost Analysis, published by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services in 2006. She is a frequent speaker on preservation-related topics, both locally and nationally, and lectures on preservation for library science courses in IU’s School of Informatics and Computing.
Prior to joining the Libraries, Elise most recently served as Conservator at the Indiana Historical Society. She has also headed the Preservation Department at the University of Delaware Library and served as Head Librarian of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, among other positions she has held in libraries, historical organizations, and museums. Elise received her M.L.S. from the University of Rhode Island and her B.A. in Art History from the University of Connecticut.