As Head of General Collections Conservation and Preservation Services, Elise Calvi is responsible for a set of activities designed to protect, stabilize, and improve the condition of the research collections. Elise oversees book conservation, commercial binding, and automated box-making, and is responsible for preventive preservation efforts and working with subject specialists to determine and address preservation priorities.
Elise developed an interest in systematic approaches to preservation through her early experience managing large-scale preservation reformatting and cataloging grants for the Harvard Libraries. This led to co-authoring The Preservation Manager’s Guide to Cost Analysis in 2006. She presents talks and workshops on preservation topics, including for library science students in IU’s School of Informatics and Computing.
Prior to joining the Libraries, Elise has worked as a preservation librarian at Harvard University, University of Delaware, and University of Maryland; conservator at the Indiana Historical Society; art librarian at the Walters Art Museum; reference and collection development librarian at Syracuse University; curator of the history of medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University; curator of photographs at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT, and at Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia on grant writing, workshops, and preservation assessments. Elise received her M.L.S. from the University of Rhode Island and her B.A. in Art History from the University of Connecticut.