Assistant Operations Manager/Conservation Technician
Sandra St. John has a BA in History and a minor in Mathematics from Belmont Abbey College\, Belmont, North Carolina. It was there, in 2012, that she had her first exposure to book and paper conservation while undertaking an internship at the institution’s library.
As the first Preservation and Conservation Intern at the Abbot Vincent Taylor Library, she learned basic paper conservation and housing methods and developed a passion for the field. After graduation, she stayed on as a volunteer to gain more experience while taking studio art/art history classes and attending workshops. The volunteer position led to a Preservation Assistant position with the same institution, assisting the Director of Preservation and Curator of Rare Books in stabilizing and re-housing the library’s 21,000 rare and valuable books.
Since starting at ECS – Midwest in 2018, she has learned new techniques and expanded her knowledge of conservation practices. Alongside the Conservation Manager, she also assists in answering inquiries from the public on conservation and enclosure matters.
She takes great pride in her work because she knows that whatever she is working on is cherished. She seeks to bring back life and vitality to worn and fragile family and historical treasures that will last while maintaining the integrity of the original work.