Robert DeCandido
Bronx, NY

From July 2001 to the present I have been the Database Coordinator at The Pierpont Morgan Library where my work has included:

From December 1974 to June 2001 I worked at an evolving set of administrative duties at The New York Public Library encompassing all aspects of preservation and most aspects of digital reformatting. I most recently:


Internet Activities

Beginning in 1995 created and maintained, The Preservation Educators' Exchange, a world wide web resource on library and archive preservation education (now maintained by the Regional Alliance for Preservation).

May 1995 to January 1997 created and maintained a web site on activities of the Preservation and Reformatting Section of ALCTS, American Library Association (now maintained by ALCTS).

The URL of my home page, which includes copies of some of my articles (see bibliography below), is


1988 to 1997, I taught a 3-credit course each spring semester with GraceAnne A. DeCandido in the conservation of library materials at St. John's University Division of Library and Information Science.

I have been a guest lecturer on several occasions in courses at the Columbia University School of Library Service, and at St. John's University Division of Library and Information Science.


Workshops and Seminars

Since 1975 I have participated as speaker and teacher in many workshops, seminars and programs sponsored by a number of organizations including:


In the field of preservation I did a great deal of informal consulting and advising for a number of colleagues and institutions and formally for Consultant to the Boston Public Library for its Preservation Planning Program Self Study sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries.

In the past year I have worked as a consultant with:


"Metadata: What's it to you?" Chapter 3 in Peter Morville, Louis Rosenfeld and Joseph Janes, The Internet Searcher's Handbook: Locating Information, People and Software Second Edition revised by GraceAnne DeCandido, Neal-Schuman, 1999.

"Coda: Digging for Dinosaurs" Wilson Library Bulletin, June 1995.

"A Manifestation of Life: Preservation at The New York Botanical Garden Library" The New Library Scene, 14:2 (April 1995). Available at:

"Out of the Question" a question and answer column each issue of Conservation Administration News April 1985 through October 1994, a total of 30 articles. A Selection of these are available at:

Preservation Planning Program Resource Guides: Collections Conservation, Association of Research Libraries, March 1993.

"A PLMS Perspective on ALCTS Restructuring" ALCTS Network News 4:16 (December 7, 1992).

Who Ya Gonna Call? a Preservation Services Sourcebook for Libraries and Archives, METRO Miscellaneous Publication No. 42, New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency, NY 1992.

Preservation: A Common Ground, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Item no. 568, Chicago [1991].

"Considerations in Evaluating Searching for Microform Availability" Microform Review v.19, no.3 (Summer 1990).

"Condition Survey of New York Public Library's U.S. Local History and Genealogy Collection" Library Resources and Technical Services January, 1989.

"Scrapbooks" in Conference on Preservation Management for Performing Arts Collection (1982 Washington, D.C.) Preserving America's performing arts Theater Library Association, NY: 1985.

With GraceAnne A. DeCandido, "Micro-preservation: Conserving the small library" Library Library Resources & Technical Services April/May/June, 1985. This article was translated into Japanese for CAP: Conservation and Preservation, September 1987.

"Workshop seminar--conservation & preservation II" Proceedings of the Military Librarians' Workshop ed. Charles A. Ralston. United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, 1984.

"The bindery: library binders, an alternative for short runs" Small Press July/Aug. 1984.

"Bare ruined quires" Art Libraries Journal (London) v.5, no.1 (Spring 1980).

"Dialogue" a question and answer column each issue of Library Scene v.8, no.4 (Dec. 1979) through v.10, no.4 (Dec. 1981).

"Bibliography: book conservation and preservation" ARLIS/NY News v.2, no.5.

With John P. Baker, "Book preservation and the collector: the librarian's view" in Annual report of the American rare, antiquarian and out-of-print book trade: 1978/1979 Denis Carbonneau, ed. NY: 1979.

"Preserving our library materials" in 4 parts, Library Scene v. 7, no.4 (Sept./Dec. 1978) through v.8, no.3 (Sept. 1979).

"The changing role of an in-house bindery: The New York Public Library's Custom Binding and Repair Section" Library Scene v.7, no.2 (June 1978).



January 1994 Distinguished Service Award from the Conservation Administration News "for consistently outstanding contributions and a dedicated commitment to the excellence of the publication."


Selected Professional Activities



B.A., Fordham University, 1968. English Literature.

M.A., Fordham University, 1974. Modern English Literature.