Heather Parks joins the library team as our new Head of Preservation in the Library. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and History from Virginia Tech and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Florida State. Having discovered her passion for book conservation, she continued her education with an FdA in book conservation at Camberwell College of Arts in London.
At Camberwell College, Heather focused on book structure, construction and conservation. Volunteering was a major part of the coursework. She gained experience at the Stanley Kubrick Museum, the Charles Dickens House Museum, the Ligatus Project at the Norwich Cathedral Archives, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and completed a four-month internship at The National Archives. After graduation she worked as a librarian and volunteered at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia.
Her research interest is in the field of education and conservation with a goal of building a comprehensive training program in the U.S. for others who want to enter the field.
She is a dedicated Virginia Tech Hokie and is sincerely hoping she can handle snow.