Below some suggestions made by our Technical Services Unit. Hope you will find some useful information.
Book repair covers a wide range of types of work and each book is different. Library repair for heavy usage is different than preservation and conservation for special collections and rarely used materials as well. Often choices might be cost-related. With that in mind I have these suggestions:www.guildifbookworkers.org
The Lone Star Chapter of the Guild of BookWorkers for names of people who give instruction if they need someone physically close to teach. They can also contact the Southeast Chapter since they are so close to Louisiana and I’m sure with Katrina there must be well-versed repair experience in those two areas. www.guildofbookworkers.org
has the list of chapter contacts. They can say the New York chapter chair suggested this (That’s me).
Personally I suggest reaching out to Andrew Huot who has the perfect experience and is very amiable. His resume is on his website and you can see why. He is able to teach via online platforms and can travel (when it’s okay). He’s been doing online classes during COVID. He may be able to suggest a good person in Texas if they want someone physically closer as he knows many people across the country as well.
Erin Albritton in New Orleans in private practice worked at New York Academy of Medicine in their conservation lab, MLIS, her website is www.fluerdulivre.com
. Highly competent, well versed, and kind, she is also a good teacher and resource.
I can also see about arranging online instruction from New York members because we have excellent members here in NY and Tristate.
Another option for video content and teaching:https://www.nedcc.org/preservation-training/training-currentlist#ondemand
Hedi Kyle wrote the book “Library Materials Preservation Manual” which is still a very good resource. Available used.
I’m steering away from AIC because many of those members do paper repair and not as much book repair. Those that do book work usually overlap in these groups. Andrew and Erin are examples of this which is why I would suggest them as teachers or resources for another professional.
The library can also put out a call for instruction, advice, and videos on the bookartslistserv created by Peter Verheyen from upstate NY. It’s a platform that crosses all of the people in groups, private practice, and organizations in the US and may offer solutions for that geographical area. I believe Peter has put out instructional book repair videos geared toward libraries from his program at Syracuse that can be viewed as well.