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Whitney S. Baker

University Libraries - University Libraries
Librarian; Head, Conservation Services
Primary office:
Kenneth Spencer Research Library, 250
University of Kansas
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045



Selected Publications

Anderson, Priscilla, and Whitney Baker. 2016. “A Janus Perspective: Origins and Future of 21st-Century Preservation and Conservation in Library and Archives Special Collections. .” Book Chapters. In Special Collections in Libraries: New Directions, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Beth  M. Whittaker, 137–48. Libraries Unlimited.
Baker, Whitney. 2015. “Responding to High-Volume Disasters in the Research Library Context.” Book Chapters. In Handbook of Research on Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries, edited by Emily Decker and Jennifer Townes, 282–310. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Baker, Whitney. 2015. “Sticking Point: History, Manufacturing Techniques, and Preservation of Decals.” Journal Articles. Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 11 (4): 275–89.
Baker, Whitney, Kelly McCauley, and Jia-Sun Tsang. 2015. “Sustaining the Unsustainable: Mitigation and Monitoring for Modern Materials.” Newsletter Articles. AIC News. American Institute for Conservation.
Anderson, Priscilla, Whitney Baker, Beth Doyle, and Peter Verheyen. 2014. “Open Access: A Model for Sharing Published Conservation Research.” Newsletter Articles. AIC News.
Baker, Whitney. 2012. “Special Collections, General Collections, and Hybrid Conservation Labs.” Book Chapters. In The Planning and Construction of Book and Paper Conservation Laboratories: A Guidebook, edited by Jennifer Hain Teper and Eric Alstrom, 32–48. Chicago: American Library Association.
Baker, Whitney. 2012. “The Populist Conservator: A Sticky Case Study.” Journal Issues. Book and Paper Group Annual 31.
Baker, Whitney. 2011. “Soapbox for the Automobile: Bumper Sticker History, Identification, and Preservation.” Journal Articles. Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 7 (3): 251–70.
Dube, Liz, and Whitney Baker. 2011. “The Impact of Training and Institutional Context on Book Conservation Practices.” Journal Articles. Book and Paper Group Annual 29, 143–60.
Baker, Whitney, and Liz Dube. 2010. “Identifying Standard Practices in Research Library Book Conservation.” Journal Articles. Library Resources and Technical Services 54 (1): 21–39.    .
Baker, Whitney, ed. 2010. “Speaking of Paper: The Anita Lynn Forgach Keynote Speakers, 1998-2005.” Monographs. Lake Oswego, OR: Friends of Dard Hunter, Inc.
Baker, Whitney. 2007. “Conservator, Academic Library.” Book Chapters. In A Day in the Life: Career Options in Library and Information Science, edited by Priscilla Shontz and Richard  A. Murray, 89–93. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

Selected Presentations

Baker, W., Liebl, B., & Schulte, R. (10/25/2016). More objects than expertise: A collaborative housing and access project. Mountain Plains Museum Association Annual Meeting. Oklahoma City, OK.
Baker, W. (5/17/2016). Disaster response: The human element. Archives Conservation Discussion Group, American Institute for Conservation / Canadian Association for Conservation joint annual meeting. Montréal, QC, Canada
Baker, W., Tedone, M., & Verheyen, P. (4/22/2015 - 4/23/2015). Sustainable preservation programs. American Library Association/Association for Library Collections and Technical Services e-forum. Online.
Baker, W., Seo, H., & Tedone, M. (4/24/2014). Soot, mold, and mud: Beyond the basics of salvaging archives collections. Midwest Archives Conference. Kansas City, MO
Baker, W., Craig , S., & Woodrick, R. (10/2/2013). Soaked: Responding to a large-scale water disaster. Mountain Plains Museum Association Conference. Lincoln, NE
Baker, W. (5/5/2012). From greeting cards to posters: Preserving paper ephemera. National Archives-Central Plains Branch, Preservation Matters symposium
Baker, W. (5/10/2012). The populist conservator: A sticky case study. American Institute for Conservation annual meeting. Albuquerque
Baker, W., & Dube, L. (6/25/2011). How consistent are research library book conservation practices?. American Library Association, Preservation and Reformatting Section, Book and Paper Interest Group. New Orleans, LA
Baker, W., & Dube, L. (4/24/2008). A preliminary study of current book repair and conservation in research libraries: A survey of the landscape. American Institute for Conservation annual meeting. Denver, CO.

Selected Grants

Improving the Physical Environment in Spencer Research Library. National Endowment for Humanities. $50000.00. Submitted 12/13/2016 (10/1/2017 - 3/31/2019). Federal. Status: Funded
Decalcomania: A preservation study. University of Kansas General Research Fund, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies. $1720.00. (12/31/2013). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. To support research travel to the Cincinnati Historical Society.
The bumper sticker: Preserving the message. University of Kansas General Research Fund, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies. $1864.00. (12/31/2010). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded. For sabbatical research travel. (Competitive process; reviewed and approved by Library Committee on Research and Scholarly Activity). FY2010.

Selected Awards & Honors

Anschutz-Budig Outstanding Librarian Award
KU Libraries
University of Kansas Team of the Year Award
University of Kansas
Jayhawk of the Month
KU Libraries
Best of LRTS
Awards Committee of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, American Library Association
Sabbatical leave
University of Kansas
Professional Associate status
American Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

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