Paula DeStefano

Associate Curator and Library Unit Head of Collections, Research Services, and Preservation


Paula DeStefano heads the Preservation Department at New York University, where she administers all aspects of the Libraries’ preservation program. Ms. DeStefano has been with NYU since 1988, and worked in various capacities in the preservation department at Columbia University for four years prior to that date. A nationally known authority on preservation matters, Ms. DeStefano has taught several courses on preservation management, reformatting, and archival/library preservation for the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University and has presented a number of lectures, courses, and workshops throughout the United States. Some recent publications include: “User-Based Selection for Preservation Microfilming,” College and Research Libraries (September 1995); “New York State Combines Mass Deacidification with Rebinding,” Conservation Administration News (July/October 1994); and “Photograph Preservation: A New Component in Preservation Programs,” in Photograph Preservation and the Research Library (Mountain View CA: The Research Libraries Group, 1991). Ms. DeStefano is an adjunct in the Archives and Public History program, teaching an introductory course on preservation and reformatting.


Introduction to Preservation and Reformatting

Selected Publications

De Stefano, P. Digitization for preservation and access. Preservation: Issues and Planning: 307–22.

———. 1995. User-Based Selection for Preservation Microfilming. College & research libraries 56, no. 5: 409–18.

———. 2001. Selection for digital conversion in academic libraries. College and Research Libraries 62, no. 1: 58–70.

———. 2003. Moving image preservation in libraries. Library trends 52, no. 1: 118–132.

De Stefano, P., and M. Jimenez. 2007. Commercial Video Collections: A Preservation Survey of the Avery Fisher Center Collection at NYU. The Moving Image 7: 55–82.

De Stefano, P., and T. O. Walters. 2006. ARL Archives Preservation Survey 2. Unpublished.

Kephart, J. E, P. De Stefano, S. Dalton, S. L Shreeves, J. Riley, L. Milewicz, N. Nakata, et al. 1951. Moving a library. Univ. of Illinois Library School. Occasional Papers 21.

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