For anyone who doesn’t get why old book smell is special, they need to talk to Cecilia Bembibre and Matija Strlič. They are both scientists from the University College London’s Institute for Sustainable Heritage who wax poetic when talking about the smell that envelops them when they enter the library of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. “It is a combination of paper, leather, wood … and time,” say Bembibre and Strlič.
According to this post on Upworthy.com, the pair are using both high-tech chemistry and an old-fashioned human nose to document the smell of books. And more than that, “they’re on a mission to preserve it.”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.