Lesya Westerman

Lesya Westerman

San Francisco, CA



Masters of Library Information Science
Emphasis in Archives & Special Collections
University of Washington / 2019 - 2023 (expected)

Advanced Certificate, Digital Assets & Services
San Jose State University / 2017 - 2018

Bachelors of Fine Arts, Photography
Academy of Art University / 2010 - 2014

Supplementary Courses

The Medical Book: 1300-1900
London Rare Book School / June 2019

Library Information Technology
City College of San Francisco / 2018-2019
[Introduction to Library Resources; Cataloging and Classification; Library Technical Services]

History, Identification, and Preservation of Photographic Materials
California Rare Book School / August 2017

Book Arts & Book Repair

San Francisco Center for the Book / 2014 - Present

Book & Paper Repair:
Cloth Reback (Book Repair Core)
Moveable Book Repair
Paper & Paste (Book Repair Core)
Paper Repair Intensive (Teaching Assistant)
Rebind a Paperback Book: Perfect Binding
Rebind a Paperback Book: Sewn Paperbacks
Simple Repairs for Leather Books

Bookbinding & Letterpress Printing
Boro Sampler Book
Hand Spinning for Bookbinding
Introduction to Headbands
Introduction to Letterpress Printing

Related Arts
Introduction to Western Paleography

Graduate Level  Courses

- Archival & Manuscript Services
- Catalogs, Cataloging, and Classification
- Collection Development
- Construction of Indexing Languages
- Data Sovereignty and Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Sovereign Rights, Protections, and Protocols
- Design Methods for Librarianship
- Digital Assets Management
- Digitization & Digital Preservation
- Digital Preservation
- History & Foundations of Libraries and Librarianship
- Information Resources, Services, and Collections
- Information Retrieval Systems
-Information and Social Justice
- Management of Information Organizations
- Organization of Information and Resources
- Research, Assessment, and Design
- Tools, Services, and Methodologies for Digital Curation 
- Who Owns Humanity? *Ethical ownership in museums  

Undergraduate Level Courses

- Advanced Digital Printing
- Advanced Digital Retouching
- Advanced Photo Imagery
- Alternative Photographic Processes
- Art History Through the 15th Century
- Art History Through the 19th Century
- Book Arts 1 & 2
- Fine Art Photography
- History of Aesthetics
- History of Film: Post-1940
- Photo History & Concepts
- Photography & Mixed Media
- The Power of Signs: Semiotics & the Visual Arts
- Topics in World Art
- Traditional Photographic Processes
- Women, Art & Society 


American Library Association
California Library Association
Society of American Archivists
Special Libraries Association
Association of Library and Information Science Students (UW)


Westerman, Lesya. "A Tale of Two Cities: 48 Hours in London and Oxford." The CODEX Papers, no. 1, 2018, pp. 119-26


Felonious Folios: Books on Murder and Crime. Book Club of California, San Francisco, CA, October 29, 2018.


Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future. 8-10 February 2019, 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland, CA.

Assisted with exhibition design, installation, and PR. 


Membership & Operations Director
Book Club of California [San Francisco, CA]
2015 - 2019

Shape membership acquisition and renewal programs- including outreach and marketing plans- and implemented Salesforce as a CRM. Provide oversight to all special collection library activities including staff management, coordination of volunteers, fundraising, and social media, as well serve as primary support for the librarian. Assistance included copy cataloging, stacks shifting, exhibition preparation, emergency preparedness strategies, and policy drafting.   

Administration Coordinator
San Francisco Center for the Book [San Francisco, CA]
2014 - 2015

Support staff, teachers, and students through workshop registration, creation of class presentation folders, event material distribution, and studio organization & upkeep. Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers for largest steamroller printmaking festival on the West coast. Provided gallery and studio tours. 

Digital Archiving Intern
Fraenkel Gallery [San Francisco, CA]

Handle original prints for scanning and organizing into gallery database, followed by retouching of image scans to maintain integrity of original photographs for web and print publication. Consolidate and organize high- and low-res image databases. Locate, pull, and store prints for exhibitions and gallery tours.  


American Printing History Association, Northern California Chapter
2018 - 2019

Studio Maintenance & Events Volunteer; Library Consultant
San Francisco Center for the Book
2015 - present

Cataloging & Technical Services Volunteer
Book Club of California
2019 - present

Book Sale Volunteer
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
2018 - present

Using Format