Whitney S. Baker

University Libraries - University Libraries
Librarian; Head, Conservation Services
Primary office:
Watson Library
Room 135
University of Kansas
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Advanced Internship, Library of Congress (8 months), Book Conservation Lab.

M.L.S.; Advanced Certificate in Library & Archives Conservation, University of Texas at Austin

Graduate work (21 hrs), Library and Information Science and Center for the Book, University of Iowa

B.A., Chemistry and Spanish with highest distinction, University of Kansas

Study Abroad, Málaga, Spain, Spanish language.

Selected Publications

Anderson, P. & Baker, W. (2016). A Janus perspective: Origins and future of 21st-century preservation and conservation in library and archives special collections. In L. M. Thomas & B. M. Whittaker (Eds.), Special Collections in Libraries: New Directions (pp. 137-148). Libraries Unlimited.

Baker, W. (2015). Responding to high-volume disasters in the research library context. In E. Decker & J. Townes (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries (pp. 282-310). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. DOI:10.4018/978-1-4666-8624-3.ch013

Baker, W. (2015). Sticking point: History, manufacturing techniques, and preservation of decals. Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals , 11(4), 275-289.

Baker, W. McCauley, K. & Tsang, J. (2015). Sustaining the unsustainable: Mitigation and monitoring for modern materials. AIC News, 40(5), 1, 3-6. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/18694 http://hdl.handle.net/1808/18694

Anderson, P. Baker, W. Doyle, B. & Verheyen, P. (2014). Open access: A model for sharing published conservation research. AIC News, 39(3), 1, 3-6. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/13646 http://hdl.handle.net/1808/13646

Baker, W. (2012). Special collections, general collections, and hybrid conservation labs. In J. Hain Teper & E. Alstrom (Eds.), The planning and construction of book and paper conservation laboratories: A guidebook (pp. 32-48). Chicago: American Library Association. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/13031 http://hdl.handle.net/1808/13031

Baker, W. (2012). The populist conservator: A sticky case study. Book and Paper Group Annual 31, 25-28. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/12837

Baker, W. (2011). Soapbox for the automobile: Bumper sticker history, identification, and preservation. Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, 7(3), 251-270. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/9874 http://hdl.handle.net/1808/9874

Dube, L. & Baker, W. (2011). The impact of training and institutional context on book conservation practices. Book and Paper Group Annual 29, 143-160. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/7113

Baker, W. & Dube, L. (2010). Identifying standard practices in research library book conservation. Library Resources and Technical Services , 54 (1), 21-39. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/5818 http://hdl.handle.net/1808/5818

Baker, W. (Ed.). (2010). Speaking of Paper: The Anita Lynn Forgach Keynote Speakers, 1998-2005. Lake Oswego, OR: Friends of Dard Hunter, Inc.

Baker, W. (2007). Conservator, academic library. In P. Shontz & R. A. Murray (Eds.), A day in the life: Career options in library and information science (pp. 89-93). Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

Selected Presentations

Baker, W. Liebl, B. & Schulte, R. . (10/25/2016). More objects than expertise: A collaborative housing and access project. Mountain Plains Museum Association Annual Meeting. Oklahoma City, OK. Available Here

Baker, W. . (05/17/2016). Disaster response: The human element. Archives Conservation Discussion Group, American Institute for Conservation / Canadian Association for Conservation joint annual meeting. Montréal, QC, Canada

Baker, W. Tedone, M. & Verheyen, P. . (04/22/2015 - 04/23/2015). Sustainable preservation programs. American Library Association/Association for Library Collections and Technical Services e-forum. Online. Available Here

Baker, W. Seo, H. & Tedone, M. . (04/24/2014). Soot, mold, and mud: Beyond the basics of salvaging archives collections. Midwest Archives Conference. Kansas City, MO

Baker, W. Craig, S. & Woodrick, R. . (10/02/2013). Soaked: Responding to a large-scale water disaster. Mountain Plains Museum Association Conference. Lincoln, NE

Baker, W. . (05/10/2012). The populist conservator: A sticky case study. American Institute for Conservation annual meeting. Albuquerque

Baker, W. . (05/05/2012). From greeting cards to posters: Preserving paper ephemera. National Archives-Central Plains Branch, Preservation Matters symposium.

Baker, W. & Dube, L. . (06/25/2011). How consistent are research library book conservation practices? American Library Association, Preservation and Reformatting Section, Book and Paper Interest Group. New Orleans, LA

Baker, W. & Dube, L. . (04/24/2008). A preliminary study of current book repair and conservation in research libraries: A survey of the landscape. American Institute for Conservation annual meeting. Denver, CO. Available Here

Selected Grants

Baker, Whitney, (Principal), Miller, Kent, (Co-Principal), Improving the Physical Environment in Spencer Research Library, National Endowment for Humanities, $50,000, Submitted 12/13/2016 (10/01/2017 - 03/31/2019) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Baker, Whitney, (Principal), Decalcomania: A preservation study, University of Kansas General Research Fund, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies, $1,720, - 12/31/2013) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Baker, Whitney, (Principal), The bumper sticker: Preserving the message, University of Kansas General Research Fund, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Studies, $1,864, - 12/31/2010) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

Anschutz-Budig Outstanding Librarian Award
KU Libraries

University of Kansas Team of the Year Award
University of Kansas

Jayhawk of the Month
KU Libraries

Best of LRTS
Awards Committee of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, American Library Association

Sabbatical leave
University of Kansas

Professional Associate status
American Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)

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