Noah graduated from West Dean College in autumn 2015 and
returned to the United States
He now works for the Smithsonian Libraries as a conservator. The Smithsonian Libraries' Adopt-a-Book program allows donors to adopt books selected by the librarians and preservation staff, which pays for the book to be conserved. By the summer of 2016 the programme had become so successful that the Preservation Department could no longer handle the additional workflow.
Noah was appointed to the post of Adopt-a-Book Conservator. "My
duties include assessing potential adoptions for their particular
needs, conserving all books adopted through the program, sending
letters to donors upon completion of the treatment, helping to
advise donors about adoptions at the annual Adopt-a-Book event, and
any other needs that may arise in the Preservation Department. This
position allows me to work with a wide range of interesting books.
So far the treatments I have performed have ranged in age from
1750-1910 and in size from fitting in the palm of my hand to two
and a half feet tall!"
"I am the fifth member of the Preservation Department. It is immensely helpful to have other conservation professionals around to ask questions and to bounce ideas off of them. The head of our lab is a fellow West Dean College alum!"