Whitney Baker

Whitney Baker
  • Lecturer, Museum Studies
  • Head of Conservation Services, KU Libraries

Contact Info

Kenneth Spencer Research Library, room 250
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, KS 66045


Whitney Baker received her MLS with an advanced certificate in library and archives conservation from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her undergraduate work at KU (B.A. in chemistry and Spanish), and has held the post of conservator for KU Libraries since 2002. Whitney previously worked in conservation at the Library of Congress and the University of Kentucky.

Baker teaches MUSE 706 Conservation Principles and Practices for the Museum Studies Program.


Advanced Internship, Library of Congress (8 months), Book Conservation Lab, Washington, D.C.
M.L.S. with Advanced Certificate in Library & Archives Conservation, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Graduate work (21 hrs), Library and Information Science and Center for the Book , University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
B.A. in Chemistry and Spanish, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Highest Distinction
Study Abroad, Spanish language, Málaga, Spain

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.

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.

Anderson, P. Baker, W. Doyle, B. & Verheyen, P. (2014). Open access: A model for sharing published conservation research (.pdf). AIC News, 39(3), 1, 3-6.

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.

Baker, W. (2012). The populist conservator: A sticky case study. Book and Paper Group Annual 31, 25-28.

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.

Dube, L. & Baker, W. (2011). The impact of training and institutional context on book conservation practices. Book and Paper Group Annual 29, 143-160.

Baker, W. & Dube, L. (2010). Identifying standard practices in research library book conservation. Library Resources and Technical Services , 54 (1), 21-39.

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.

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.

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.

Awards & Honors

Sabbatical leave
Spring 2022

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)