Karen Pavelka

Karen Pavelka

Senior Lecturer


Biography

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.

Degrees

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

Areas Of Specialization

Conservation

Recent Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabus
2021FallINF 392EMaterials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2020FallINF 392EMaterials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2020SpringINF 350GInformation in Society Photographic Materials In Cultural Heritage Institutions
2020SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Photographic Materials In Cultural Heritage Institutions
2020SpringINF 393C.10Treatment Techniques for Flat Paper
2019FallINF 350GInformation in Society Photographic Materials In Cultural Heritage Institutions
2019FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Photographic Materials In Cultural Heritage Institutions
2019FallINF 392FRisk Assessment and Collections Management
2019FallINF 388RPracticum in School Libraries
2019FallINF 392EMaterials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2019FallINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2019SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Exhibits In Cultural Institutions
2019SpringINF 393C.10Treatment Techniques for Flat Paper
2018FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Photographic Materials In Cultural Heritage Institutions
2018FallINF 392EMaterials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2018FallINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2018SpringINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Exhibits In Cultural Institutions
2018SpringINF 392FRisk Assessment and Collections Management
2018SpringINF 388RPracticum in School Libraries
2018SpringINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2017FallINF 385TSpecial Topics in Information Science Photographic Materials In Cultural Heritage Institutions
2017FallINF 392EMaterials in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
2017SpringINF 392FRisk Assessment and Collections Management
2017SpringINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project
2017SpringINF 388RPracticum in School Libraries
2017SpringINF 388RPracticum in School Libraries
2017SpringINF 388LProfessional Experience and Project