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Beatriz Haspo

Library of Congress
Conservator
Rockville, MD
Beatriz Haspo is a senior conservator specialized in logistics, space management, collections management, and disaster preparedness and response. She has certificates in book, paper and painting conservation from Brazil, United States and Japan. Her major education includes M.A. in Art History (Brazil); B.A. in Simultaneous Translation in German-Spanish-Portuguese (Austria); Civil Engineering (Brazil), and Classical Music/Piano (Academy Music of Vienna). She is fluent in five languages. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, she entered the Library of Congress in January 2000, as the first preventive conservation fellow in the Conservation Division, where she worked during six years as preservation specialist. Since 2006 she serves as the Collections Officer in the Collections Access, Loan and Management (CALM) Division responsible for the care, security and preservation of the General Collections. She is also actively involved in design, construction, space management, logistics, and transfer of collections to LC off-site storage facilities such as Fort Meade and Cabin Branch. As COR she manages several contracts for services, supplies and equipment for preservation, access, and security of Library’s collections, She coordinates library-wide programs, such as Additional Service Copy Surplus Book Program, NARA transfer and the 2015 Junior Fellows Program. She is a member of library-wide committees addressing Digitization Projects, Collections Storage and Management, and Emergency Preparedness and Response. Haspo has been board member of the Editorial Board of the American Institute for Conservation since 2003; she was board member and president of Coral Cantigas (2005-2010). Since 2006 she has been serving as volunteer manager of APOYOnline - Association for Heritage Preservation of the Americas, promiting communication, knowledge exchange and professional development in the field of heritage preservation in the Americas and in Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries around the world. She has just been invited to serve as Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland in 2017.