MA, University of Iowa; Certificate in Preservation Management, Rutgers University
Jody Beenk’s introduction to conservation began with lessons in traditional scroll mounting when she was studying Chinese in Taiwan. After returning to the U.S., she trained at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, where her research focused on conservation, papermaking, bookbinding, and printing history. She worked in conservation at Harvard University for eight years and then at Princeton University. In 2010, Ms. Beenk was recruited by the University of Hong Kong Libraries to establish the first Preservation and Conservation division in an academic institution in Hong Kong. The Preservation Centre at HKUL conserves a diverse range of objects, including books and manuscripts, scrolls, rubbings, historical photographs, and works of art on paper.
In 2014, Ms Beenk initiated a series of preservation workshops and lectures for individuals working within the cultural sector. Through this series, international experts have been brought to Hong Kong to teach a number of foundational courses, including Identification and Care of Photographs, Disaster Planning and Recovery, Art Packing and Handling, Integrated Pest Management, Identification and Care of Architectural Drawings, and Documentation for Loans and Exhibitions.
Over the last few years, Ms Beenk has taught conservation-related classes in Hong Kong, at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, and through the Winterthur conservation program at the University of Delaware.
Within HKUL, Ms Beenk regularly mentors students who require experience in both pre- and post-conservation graduate programs. Several of her students are now enrolled or have graduated from conservation programs in the US, UK, Taiwan, and the Netherlands.
American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Professional Associate
AIC Education and Training Committee
International Institute for Conservation
International Association of Book and Paper Conservators
Guild of Book Workers