Samantha Couture has 26 years of experience in book and paper conservation, and has been a Professional Associate of the AIC since 2007. She received her early training on the conservation staff of the Cornell University Library, where she performed a variety of treatments on rare materials. She has worked in the the paper lab of the Peeble’s Island Resource Center in Waterford, NY on early Dutch manuscripts. She later supervised the conservation lab at the New York State Library, performing treatments on items from the Manuscripts and Special Collections department, serving on the disaster response team, and training coworkers and interns. Couture has run her own private practice, Flyleaf Bindery for many years, serving private and institutional clients. She completed her graduate degree in Library and Information Science at Simmons College in 2018. She has worked with photographic collections at the Boston Public Library and the MIT Museum. In 2019, Couture was a Cathleen A. Baker Fellow in the Conservation Department of the University of Michigan Libraries, where she treated a selection of photograph albums.