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Karen Pavelka

Senior Lecturer

Specialization(s)

Conservation

Bio

Karen L. Pavelka is a full-time lecturer in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She was been intimately involved with developing the conservation program when it moved from Columbia University in 1993 and continues to investigate the role of conservation in libraries and archives. Ms. Pavelka teaches the paper conservation labs, preventive conservation, and materials science. Before coming to The School of Information she worked in the Paper Conservation Laboratory at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, first as an intern, then as a conservator and eventually as head of the paper lab. Before settling on conservation she worked in various shops and institutions as a bookbinder.

Ms. Pavelka has extensive international experience. She has consulted at Narodni Knihova, Prague, and the National Archives in Slovakia to develop collections care plans; collaborated with the faculty and administration at the Universidad de Buenos Aires when they were planning a library and archives conservation program; and is the chief conservation consultant for the archives at El Castillo de Vilassar de Dalt, Barcelona, Spain. Recently she was one of two invited speakers at the Sino-American Preservation and Conservation Seminar, Guangzhou, P. R. China, where she spent a week lecturing and leading discussions about conservation treatment methods and how to coordinate conservation resources nationally across China. In 2001 she received the Texas Excellence Teaching Award.

B.A., 1980, Studio Art, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis; M.S., 1988, Library Science, Columbia University.


Year Semester Course Number Course Title
2018 Spring INF 393C.10 Treatment Techniques for Flat Paper
2018 Spring INF 392F Risk Assessment and Collections Management
2018 Spring INF 388R Practicum in School Libraries
2018 Spring INF 388L Professional Experience and Project
2017 Fall INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Photographic Materials In Cultural Heritage Institutions
2017 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2017 Spring INF 388L Professional Experience and Project
2017 Spring INF 388R Practicum in School Libraries
2017 Spring INF 388R Practicum in School Libraries
2017 Spring INF 388L Professional Experience and Project
2017 Spring INF 392F Risk Assessment and Collections Management
2016 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2016 Fall INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Photographic Materials In Cultural Heritage Institutions
2016 Spring INF 392F Risk Assessment and Collections Management
2016 Spring INF 388R Practicum in School Libraries
2016 Spring INF 388L Professional Experience and Project
2016 Spring INF 393C.10 Treatment Techniques for Flat Paper
2015 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2015 Fall INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Photographic Materials In Cultural Heritage Institutions
2015 Spring INF 392F Risk Assessment and Collections Management
2015 Spring INF 388R Practicum in School Libraries
2015 Spring INF 388L Professional Experience and Project
2015 Spring INF 393C.10 Treatment Techniques for Flat Paper
2014 Fall INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Cultural Heritage Disasters
2014 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2014 Spring INF 393C.10 Treatment Techniques for Flat Paper
2014 Spring INF 388L Professional Experience and Project
2014 Spring INF 388R Practicum in School Libraries
2014 Spring INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2013 Fall INF 393C.10 Treatment Techniques for Flat Paper
2013 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2013 Spring INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Cultural Heritage Disasters
2013 Spring INF 393C.10 Treatment Techniques for Flat Paper
2012 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Materials in Archives, Libraries and Museums
2012 Fall INF 393C.10 Treatment Techniques for Flat Paper
2012 Spring INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Conservation Lab Techniques for Non-Specialists
2012 Spring INF 392F Risk Assessment and Collections Management
2011 Fall INF 393C Conservation Laboratory Techniques: Treatment Techniques for Flat Paper
2011 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Materials in Archives, Libraries and Museums
2011 Spring INF 393C Conservation Laboratory Techniques
2011 Spring INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Conservation Lab Techniques for Non-Specialists
2010 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2010 Fall INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Lab Techniques for Non-Specialists
2010 Spring INF 385T Special Topics in Information Science: Conservation Lab Techniques for Non-Specialists
2010 Spring INF 392F Risk Assessment and Collections Management
2009 Fall INF 393C.7 Paper Laboratory II
2009 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2009 Spring INF 393C.6 Paper Laboratory I
2009 Spring INF 392F Risk Assessment and Collections Management
2008 Fall INF 393C.7 Paper Laboratory II
2008 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2008 Spring INF 393C.6 Paper Laboratory I
2008 Spring INF 393C.4 Advanced Conservation Treatment
2008 Spring INF 392F Risk Assessment and Collections Management
2007 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2007 Fall INF 393C.7 Paper Laboratory II
2006 Fall F S 301 Freshman Seminar: Photog Resources in UT Libraries
2006 Fall INF 393C.7 Paper Laboratory II
2006 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2006 Spring INF 392F Risk Assessment and Collections Management
2006 Spring INF 393C.6 Paper Laboratory I
2006 Spring INF 394C.1 Fieldwork in Conservation
2005 Fall INF 301C Freshman Seminar
2005 Fall INF 393C.09 Conservation Science II
2005 Fall INF 393C.7 Paper Laboratory II
2005 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2005 Spring INF 392F Risk Assessment and Collections Management
2005 Spring INF 393C.6 Paper Laboratory I
2005 Spring INF 393C.08 Conservation Science I
2004 Fall INF 394C.2 Conservator Internship I
2004 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2004 Fall INF 393C.7 Paper Laboratory II
2004 Fall INF 393C.09 Conservation Science II
2004 Fall INF 394C.1 Fieldwork in Conservation
2004 Fall INF 301C Freshman Seminar: Historic Photographic Process
2004 Fall INF 394C.3 Conservator Internship II
2004 Spring INF 393C.6 Paper Laboratory I
2004 Spring INF 393C.08 Conservation Science I
2004 Spring INF 392F Risk Assessment and Collections Management
2004 Spring INF 393C.7 Paper Laboratory II
2003 Fall INF 392E Materials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2003 Fall INF 394C.1 Fieldwork in Conservation
2003 Fall INF 394C.2 Conservator Internship I
2003 Fall INF 393C.6 Paper Laboratory I
2003 Fall INF 393C.09 Conservation Science II
2003 Fall INF 394C.3 Conservator Internship II
2003 Spring INF 393C.7 Paper Lab II
2003 Spring INF 392F Protection and Care of Records Materials
2002 Fall INF 392E Introductory Technology and Structure of Records Materials
2002 Fall INF 393C.6 Paper Lab I
2002 Spring INF 388S Practicum in Preservation Planning
2002 Spring INF 994C.2 Conservator Internship I
2002 Spring INF 393C.7 Paper Lab II
2002 Spring INF 392F Protection and Care of Records Materials
2001 Fall INF 393C.6 Paper Lab I
2001 Fall INF 392E Introductory Technology and Structure of Records Materials
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