2022-2023 UCLA Library Impact Report: Focus on Preservation & Conservation

Illustration of University Librarian Ginny Steel with library in background and teal coloring

Welcome to the 2022-2023 UCLA Library Impact Report. At the heart of every collection, every service and every resource UCLA Library provides, you will find smart, dedicated librarians, staff and archivists who are always anticipating and planning for what’s next. Is it a new technology? A better user experience for students and faculty? Increased open access to collections? The answer, of course, is all of the above. The things that make UCLA unique — a broad range of disciplines, professional schools, as well as STEM programs and strengths in the arts, humanities and social sciences — are also why the need for excellent libraries is felt deeply at UCLA. I invite you to explore a selection of accomplishments made by the Library and the UCLA Film & Television Archive over the past academic year. Working together, we are moving knowledge forward on campus, in Los Angeles and beyond.

Virginia Steel, Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian

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Focus on Preservation & Conservation

2022-2023 Preservation & Conservation by the Numbers

  • 2,400+
    Number of books repaired, the earliest from the 16th century up to the present day.
  • 12,000+
    Materials Rehoused
    Number of newspapers, music scores, journals and architectural materials — blueprints, original drawings and sketches — rehoused.
  • 76
    Collection Items
    Materials stabilized, packed and shipped to museum exhibitions, putting Library collections in conversation with cultural heritage around the world.
  • 55
    Data Loggers
    New devices placed in library buildings to monitor temperature and humidity, helping the Library minimize environmental threats to materials.
  • 134
    Undergraduates trained during a single hands-on activity designed to increase awareness about preservation of library materials.
  • 1,173
    Number of moving image and sound recordings digitized across ten different format types by two full-time staff.



Library Communications Ariane Bicho, Courtney Hoffner, Suzy Lee, Sally Márquez, Jennifer Rhee, Marisa Soto Feature Writer and Editor Abigail Siatkowski Illustrations Brett Affrunti Student Assistants Willa Needham, Katy Nicholas, Mia Sadowski, Abigail Siatkowski Special Thanks Software Development and Library Systems team, UCLA Newsroom and everyone at the UCLA Library and UCLA Film & Television Archive for the opportunity to share your work.