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Shannon Zachary is head of the Department of Preservation and Conservation, which coordinates preservation, binding, book repair, and conservation for the University Library. She also teaches library and archive preservation as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Information.
Shannon Zachary has worked in preservation at the University of Michigan Library since 1994 and has been head of the Department of Preservation and Conservation since 2005. She began studying bookbinding and conservation with Anne and Theodore Kahle at the Capricornus School of Bookbinding in Berkeley, California. Subsequently she earned a City and Guilds of London Institute Certificate in Bookbinding at Brunel Technical College in Bristol, England, in 1984, and a Higher National Diploma in paper conservation at the Camberwell College of Art in London in 1986. She was book conservator for rare and special collections at the Cornell University Library from 1987 to 1992 before moving to Ann Arbor to earn a master's degree in library studies at the University of Michigan.