Nora Bloch arrived at VCU Libraries in the spring semester of 2019 after completing a Kress Conservation fellowship in the Preservation Department at the University of Virginia Libraries. She has over five years of professional experience working in a university preservation department and 15 years working, interning and studying in the cultural heritage sector. She is from Los Angeles, California and spent three years living in Spain and England.
At VCU, Bloch cares for materials in all formats housed in Cabell Library, the Health Sciences Library, the libraries’ storage facility in the 500 Academic Center, as well as digital collections stored on servers. Ongoing repair, environmental monitoring, outreach and planning are just a few ways she helps maintain our collections so that they will be in good condition and remain accessible for present and future users.
Her research interests include ethics of authority, identity and value structures as they pertain to cultural materials, 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.
M.A. in Conservation Studies, West Dean College-England
M.S. in Library and Information Studies, University of California-Los Angeles
B.A. in Classical Studies, University of California-Santa Cruz