Peter D. Verheyen is Research and Emerging Issues Analyst in the Program Management Center, Syracuse University Libraries. This position assists the Library in identifying, processing, analyzing, interpreting and maintaining the information it needs to keep abreast of trends in libraries, as well as meeting organizational and operational needs.
He was formerly Head of Preservation and Conservation and began his involvement in conservation and the book arts while a work-study student in the conservation lab at the Johns Hopkins University Library. After interning n the conservation lab of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany he completed a formal apprenticeship in hand bookbinding at the Kunstbuchbinderei Klein in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, passing examinations in 1987. Further conservation studies were held at the Professional School for Book Restoration of the Centro del bel libro Ascona in Switzerland in 1987. He was Mellon intern in book conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 1988. In Chicago he worked as assistant conservator at Monastery Hill Bindery and to William Minter. In 1991 he began work as assistant conservator at the Yale University Library. In 1993 he became rare book conservator at the Cornell University Library, before establishing the conservation lab at the Syracuse University Libraries.
He is past exhibitions and publicity chair for the Guild of Book Workers. His bindings have been exhibited widely with the Guild, and in invitational and solo exhibitions throughout the USA and abroad. In 1994 he founded Book_Arts-L and the Book Arts Web, also publishing The Bonefolder: an e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist.
His most active research interests include the study of bookbinding techniques, in particular the German style about which he has most published in various journals. He is the translator into English of Ernst Collin's "Der Pressbengel," with a 2nd edition (fine press and print-on-demand) out later in 2016, and just completed a history and bibliography of "The Collins: W. Collin, Court Bookbinders & Ernst Collin, the Author of the Pressbengel" that also appears in German as "Die Collins: W. Collin, Hofbuchbinder & Ernst Collin, der Autor des Pressbengels." These activities are also shared via his Pressbengel Project blog.
For a complete record of his professional activities please view his CV online under "Personal Website," publications and other outputs in "Repository" at left.
WorldCat Identity: http://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-no2001069785/