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Nora Bloch

Preservation Librarian

Collections and Discovery, Collection Analysis and Investment

(804) 828-8679
James Branch Cabell Library, Room 231A

Master’s of Library and Information Studies, University of California-Los Angeles
Graduate Diploma Certificate in Book and Paper Conservation, West Dean College-England
B.A. in Classical Studies, University of California-Santa Cruz

Nora Bloch arrived at VCU Libraries in the spring semester of 2019 after completing a fellowship in the Preservation Department at the University of Virginia Libraries. She brings to VCU more than four years of professional experience working in a university preservation department and 15 years working, interning and studying in the cultural heritage sector.

At VCU, Bloch will work primarily to preserve the wide variety of materials in the circulating collection. She also has interests and expertise in archival and digital materials. Bloch has experience working with artists’ books and unique materials pertaining to marginalized or under-represented communities, as well as a background in preservation and conservation.

Bloch has worked with many leading conservators in the states and Europe. For example, her two years’ work for Jacob Nadal, UCLA’s former Library Preservation Officer (currently the Director of Preservation at the Library of Congress), shaped her appreciation for the effectiveness of preservation measures across departments to facilitate the overall function of the library as a whole.

She is keenly interested in the intersection between preservation and research access and hopes to work to improve access to materials at VCU Libraries through collaboration.  

Her research interests include history/future of the book, scarce or medium rare materials, collective memory, and shared collections in all formats. Her teaching interests include letterpress printing and bookmaking.  

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