Sarah Reidell is the Margy Meyerson Head of Conservation in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries where she supervises and manages the activities and staff within the new Steven Miller Conservation Laboratory. A conservator of rare books, paper, and parchment, she is responsible for the care and treatment of the special collections, consisting of about 300,000 rare books and 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts. Working with the Associate University Librarian/Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections and other Library staff, she is developing and implementing a new conservation program for the long-term sustainability of the Libraries' special collections holdings.
Previously, she was Associate Conservator for Rare Books and Paper at The New York Public Library (2006-2016) and Conservator for Special Collections in the Harvard University Library (2003-06).
Sarah holds an MLIS/CAS in Conservation (University of Texas) and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (Bryn Mawr College). A Fellow of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), she serves as the AIC Publications Committee Chair. She has also lectured and led hands-on professional development workshops for conservators at leading national cultural institutions on areas of technical expertise and conservation practice.