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Patricia Selinger

Head, Preservation and Inventory Management

Assistant Professor
Information Management and Processing, Preservation and Inventory Management

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


  • M.S. Library and Information Science, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, 1988
  • B.J. Journalism, University of Texas-Austin, 1981

Previous Professional Experience

  • Preservation Librarian, Washington University Libraries, 1988-1990
  • Preservation Program Officer, Society of American Archivists, 1985-1987
  • Administrative Assistant, Conservation Department, Humanities Research Center, University of Texas-Austin, 1981-1985

Teaching Experience

  • The Impact of Preservation Programs on Bibliography (annual guest lecturer for English 350)

Selected Presentations

  • Selinger, P. (2011). Using Zorbix for disaster recovery. Presented to Museum Emergency Support Team, Richmond, VA. 
  • Selinger, P. (2008). Preservation: A role for everyone. Presented at Virginia Library Association Paraprofessional Forum, Richmond, VA. 
  • Selinger, P. (2007). Through fire and flood: Disaster planning and preparedness. Presented at workshop at Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Association Annual Conference.

Selected Publications

  • Selinger, P. (2003). Binding in tough times. Archival Products News, 10(1). 
  • Selinger, P. (1997). Tracking book damage. In J. Drewes and J. Page (Eds.), Promoting preservation awareness in libraries. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 120-122. 
  • Selinger, P. (1997). Preservation on career day reaches young minds. In J. Drewes and J. Page (Eds.), Promoting preservation awareness in libraries. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 156-160.

Selected VCU Libraries Service

  • Emergency Planning Task Force, Digital Preservation Committee

Professional Organizations

  • American Library Association
  • Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
    • Preservation and Reformatting Section
    • Book and Paper Group
  • Virginia Conservation Association 
  • Guild of Bookworkers, Potomac Chapter
  • American Library Association
    • Preservation and Reformatting Section
  • Richmond Area Museum Emergency Support Team 

Research Interests

  • Preservation repair effectiveness; bookbinding history; book arts

VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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