Resume

STRENGTHS

Several years of experience in the conservation field, including:

  • Developing and implementing large-scale preservation plans for special and general collections
  • Conservation treatment of variety of materials following AIC guidelines and codes of ethics
  • Supervising and mentoring professional staff, volunteers, and interns
  • Effective collaboration with staff, colleagues, administrators, educators, and students
  • Developing and implementing staff and user education and outreach materials and formats
  • Supporting increased access through exhibition and loan support
  • Researching materials and techniques of production and treatments
  • Publishing projects in professional and peer reviewed publications
  • Presenting activities and research to diverse audiences including donors, visitors, and colleagues
  • Active participation in professional organizations and conservation community

EDUCATION

M.S. in Art Conservation, May 2016
M.A. in Art History, May 2016
New York University, Institute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center, New York, NY
Thesis: Marguerite Duprez Lahey: A Collector’s Bookbinder
Recipient of the Institute of Fine Arts’ Outstanding Essay in the Decorative Arts, 2015

B.A. in Liberal Arts, magna cum laude, June 2007
Major in Russian Studies, Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies
Carleton College, Northfield, MN


CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE

Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, MN
February 2017 – Present

  • Develop, conduct, and document appropriate conservation treatments for bound and unbound materials from general and special collections, including books, manuscripts, art-on-paper, maps, ephemera, and parchments, in collaboration with curatorial staff, as well as special collections items for the University of Minnesota libraries per institutional contract, including the survey, treatment, and mounting of items for exhibit or loan
  • Responsible for efficient and effective running of the book and paper conservation lab, including managing the budget and supply inventories, creating and implementing safety procedures, developing and overseeing workflows protocols, advocating for resources, allocating resources to meet competing program needs, and strategic planning
  • Supervise conservation assistant, three volunteers, and individual interns, writing position descriptions, creating onboarding materials, establishing workloads and procedures, delegating responsibility, monitoring and evaluating performance, and providing guidance and direction, including coaching through treatment procedures as needed to increase skills and understanding of conservation ethics while completing projects to deadline
  • Collaborate with curatorial, cataloging, and reference staff to develop and implement workflows to promote efficient and effective communication, to track object movement, and to create preservation plans for problem collections
  • Serve as team member on library committee on selection of digitization equipment and consult with colleagues on optimizing digitization workflows and procedures
  • Serve as team member on interdepartmental committee to update disaster plan for collections recovery, and assist at disaster response and recovery training for museum staff from across the state
  • Serve as a resource for local cultural organizations and the public on the preservation of book, paper, and photographic artifacts, including creating resources and updating referral sheets for locally available preservation services for distribution to the public
  • Demonstrate commitment to outreach by: collaborating with staff throughout institution to expand the number of conservation volunteers and interns, to develop and implement training opportunities for staff and user education, and representing the conservation department as team member on interdepartmental committee organizing staff open house; leading tours of the conservation lab for a diverse array of visitors, donors, staff, and students; creating an ongoing collaborative agreement with the University of Minnesota Honors Nexus program to conduct biannual tours for student participants; and initiating and participating in activities including Facebook Live events and public preservation workshops
  • Participate in institution-wide conservation activities including Integrated Pest Management and environmental monitoring

New York Historical Society, New York, NY
October 2016 – December 2016

  • Rehoused architectural drawings and ambrotypes in accordance with preservation standards and stabilized items prior to exhibit deadlines
  • Wrote about conservation treatments for the organization blog

New York Society Library, New York, NY
August 2016 – October 2016

  • Repaired and stabilized books in the general collection, conducting paper repair and re-backs

Weissman Preservation Center, Cambridge, MA
September 2015 – July 2016

  • Applied variety of innovative and standard conservation treatments to bound and unbound American, European, and Asian special collections materials, including 17th–19th century Italian limp parchment account books, 18th–19th century parchment documents, 16th and 17th century atlases, mold-damaged paper documents, and Chinese bindings
  • Participated in condition assessments of objects to be digitized, including determining digitization workflows and procedures
  • Team member of library-wide disaster response committee, including participation in disaster response for thousands of glass plate negatives damaged by flooding
  • Conducted curatorial research on 19th century Russian bindings alongside analytical research on species identification of parchment using MALDI, and testing of recovery procedures on water-damaged glass plate negatives
  • Team member in media consolidation of multiple illuminated manuscript pages
  • Assisted with exhibit preparation by consulting with curators, measuring items for mounts, building cradles and support boards, and strapping items in place
  • Assisted with the bulk creation of re-moistenable and solvent-set tissues
  • Wrote treatment reports, consulted with curators, logged hours, and photographed items throughout treatment process

Gladys Brooks Conservation Laboratory, New York, NY
July 2014 – August 2014

  • Applied a variety of standard conservation treatments to bound general collections materials, including cloth and leather re-backs, creating a post binding from an existing binder, and making a range of enclosures for fragile items
  • Wrote treatment reports and photographed items throughout treatment process

Villa La Pietra, Florence, Italy
June 2014

  • Conducted condition survey of five library collections and stabilized fragile items
  • Created written guidelines for handling library materials and assisted with related staff education
  • Treated two intaglio prints and helped treat silk folding screen with paper motifs
  • Wrote about conservation treatment for the organization blog
  • Documented treatments through photographs and written reports

Barbara Goldsmith Conservation Laboratory, New York, NY
March – November 2013

  • Conducted minor paper repairs, re-backed books, and created enclosures for library materials

Library of Congress, Washington, DC
May 2011 – July 2012

  • Conducted conservation treatments to prepare bound and unbound items for digitization, including repairing and rebinding two 19th century Chinese books; lining a 19th century map; conducting aqueous adhesive removal, alkalization, and repair of lithographic print, reinserting it into book; and assisting with gelatin sizing, flattening, and mending of The Gazette from 1793
  • Prepared sample papers and assisted conservation scientists and conservators in testing treatment protocols for ongoing iron gall ink research
  • Wrote treatment reports and photographed items throughout treatment process

Quarto Conservation of Books and Paper, Silver Spring, MD
July 2010 – July 2012

  • Made enclosures and documented and conducted treatments such as paper repair and re-backs

Various Non-profit Organizations, Washington, DC
November 2007 – March 2010

  • Identified potential grant and donor resources
  • Developed and coordinated fundraising through grant-writing, event planning, and donor management in collaboration with program and executive staff
  • Administered online and print publicity strategies

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Microaggressions with Chris Taylor, May 2018
Project Management with Jack Matheson, May 2018
Supervisor Training Foundations with Briana Joyner, April 2018
Emergency Response with Susan Duhl, Robert Herskovitz, and Ann Frellsen, May 2017
Salvaging Wet Audiovisual Materials with Elizabeth Coffey and Elizabeth Walters, January 2016
European Bookbinding, 1450–1820 with Nicholas Pickwoad, July 2015
Basic Exhibit Mounts with Angela Andres and Lou Di Gennaro, April 2015
Making and Sharpening Knives and Edge Tools with Jeff Peachey, March 2015
The 19th Century Persian “Frame” Binding with Yasmeen Khan, January 2015
The History of the Book in America with James Green and Consuela Metzger, November 2014
Structures for Book Conservation with Gary Frost, May 2014
Artist Interview Workshop with Richard Candida Smith and Jill Sterrett, April 2014
Book Enclosures with Angela Andres and Lou Di Gennaro, March 2014
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop with Orit Mardkha-Tenzer, February 2014
Modern Print Identification with Stephanie Lussier and Scott Homolka, November 2013
Old Ways of Making Books from Raw Materials with Jim Croft, July 2013
Historic Book Structures with Alexis Hagadorn, Vasare Rastonis, and Jennifer Jarvis, June 2013
Leather Covering Techniques with Jeff Altepeter, May 2013
The Three Ls: Limp – Link – Long with Adam Larsson, May 2013
An Historical, Personal Almanac [sic] with Pamela Spitzmueller, May 2013
Calendar Books with Pamela Spitzmueller, March 2013
History of Bookbinding with Alexis Hagadorn, January 2013
Book Illustration Processes with Jane Siegel, January 2013
Paleography with Consuelo Dutschke, January 2013
Descriptive Bibliography with Gerald Cloud, January 2013
Parchment with Abigail Quandt, January 2013


PRESENTATIONS & OUTREACH

Assessment of Cultural Institutions for Disaster Planning.” With Susan Duhl and Robert Herskovitz. Webinar sponsored by the Emergency Committee of the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation. May 16, 2018. Available at https://youtu.be/mHImTGlVIlw.

“The Care and Handling of Library Materials.” With Jessica Ellison and Jenna Bluhm. Workshop series conducted at the Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, MN, 2017–2018.

“Making History with Family Letters.” With Nancy O’Brien Wagner and Sarah Quimby. Workshop conducted at the Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, MN, October 2017.

“Preserving Manuscripts and Bound Materials: Techniques for Display and Handling.” Workshop conducted at the National Museum of Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan, December 2016.

“The Rationale for Rebinding at the Pierpont Morgan Library in the Early Twentieth Century: A Case Study.” Paper presented at the American Institute for Conservation of Historical and Artistic Works and Canadian Association for Conservation Joint Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, May 2016.

“Let There Be (Less) Light! A Comparison of the Radiation-blocking Properties of Selected Window Films.” With S. Weintraub. Poster presented at the American Institute for Conservation of Historical and Artistic Works and Canadian Association for Conservation Joint Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada, May 2016.

“The Rationale for Rebinding at the Pierpont Morgan Library in the Early Twentieth Century: A Case Study.” Paper presented at the Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2016.

“Let There Be (Less) Light! A Comparison of the Radiation-blocking Properties of Selected Window Films.” With S. Weintraub. Poster presented at the Seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2016.


PUBLICATIONS

Haqqi, S. “The Rationale for Rebinding at the Pierpont Morgan Library in the Early Twentieth Century: A Study of Bindings by Marguerite Duprez Lahey.” In press. Book and Paper Group Annual 35.

Johnson, Jr., C.R., W. A. Sethares, M. H. Ellis, S. Haqqi, R. Snyder, E. Hinterding, I. van Leeuwen, A. Wallert, D. Christoforou, J. van der Lubbe, N. Orenstein, A. Campbell, and G. Dietz. “The Application of Automated Chain Line Pattern (CLiP) Matching to Identify Paper Mouldmate Candidates in Rembrandt’s Prints” in New Directions in the Study of Rembrandt and His Circle, in press.

Johnson, Jr., C.R., W.A. Sethares, M.H. Ellis, and S. Haqqi. “Hunting for Paper Moldmates among Rembrandt’s Prints.” IEEE Signal Processing Magazine 32, no. 4 (2015): 28-37.


GRANTS & AWARDS

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation George Stout Grant, 2016
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation Carolyn Horton Grant, 2016
New York University Student Senators Council Conference Fund Grant, 2016
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Library and Archive Conservation, 2012 – 2016


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Book and Paper Group Liaison, July 2017 – Present
Emerging Conservation Professionals Network, American Institute for Conservation

Program Co-Chair, April 2014 – January 2017
New York Chapter, Guild of Bookworkers

NYU Student Liaison, July 2014 – June 2015
Emerging Conservation Professionals Network, American Institute for Conservation

Co-Outreach Officer, July 2013 – June 2014
Emerging Conservation Professionals Network, American Institute for Conservation


MEMBERSHIPS

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Guild of Book Workers, Midwest Chapter
Midwest Regional Conservation Guild


ANALYTICAL SKILLS

  • Beta radiography
  • Peptide analysis with MALDI
  •  Digital photography and image processing

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • PC with Windows 10 and XP
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms
  • Adobe Photoshop and InDesign
  • Databases including KE EMu, WorldCat, and Foundation Directory Online
  • WordPress, Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

LANGUAGES

  • Working knowledge of Russian and Urdu

TRAVEL

  • Lived in Canada, Switzerland, Pakistan, Russia, and the United States of America
  • Some travel in Northern Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia.

 

 

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All content copyright Saira Haqqi, 2018.

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