Lesya Westerman

Lesya Westerman

San Francisco Bay Area, CA



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

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

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

Supplementary Courses

Bookbinding, Book Repair & Paper Repair Courses
San Francisco Center for the Book / 2014 - Present

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


Controlled Vocabularies
Getty (AAT, TGN, ULAN), Library of Congress, Rare Books & Manuscripts

Records Standards
DACS, Dublin Core, MARC

Applications & Databases
Archive-It, ArchivesSpace, CONTENTdm, FileMake Pro, MarcEdit, Photoshop, PoolParty, WorldCat

Administrative Systems
Adobe Acrobat, Google Workspace, Microsoft Office Suite

Preservation & Repair
Book rebacking & rebinding, moveable book repair, paper repair, simple leather repair, building custom boxes, scanning for digital preservation

English (native); Classical Latin (proficient); French (beginner)

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
- Indigenous Art is Indigenous Knowledge
- Indigenous Systems of Knowledge
- 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 

Bookbinding & Book Repair

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

Special Projects

The Recipe Book Compendium: Bridging the Rare Books Accessibility Gap

The Recipe Book Compendium addresses the inaccessibility of Early Modern recipe books to the general public. With barriers such as academic pedigree limiting engagement, these books have remained largely hidden away in institutional special collections. However, they hold valuable insights into the lives of Early Modern families and their knowledge creation and organization practices. This free online resource connects the average person to digitized recipe books and myriad resources to assist with understanding Early Modern material and social culture. By making this information accessible to a wider audience, the Compendium promotes a deeper understanding of Early Modern knowledge practices.

Visit The Recipe Book Compendium



Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (de Young & Legion of Honor) / San Francisco, CA
Archives Intern, June - August 2023

Town School for Boys / San Francisco, CA
Registrar, 2022 - 2023
Registrar & Assistant to the Division Heads, 2021 - 2022
Assistant Registrar & Assistant to the Division Heads, 2019 - 2021

Book Club of California / San Francisco, CA
Membership & Operations Director, 2017 - 2019
Membership Services & Office Manager, 2015 - 2017
Administrative Assistant, 2015

San Francisco Center for the Book / San Francisco, CA
Administration Coordinator, 2014

Fraenkel Gallery / San Francisco, CA
Digital Archives Intern, 2013


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 - 2020

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

Publications, Lectures & Exhibitions

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

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

Exhibition Design & Installation Assistant: Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future. 8-10 February 2019, 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland, CA.


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

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