Maria Luisa Russo, PhD, is specialist in preservation and conservation of library and archive materials, and works as field manager in Mali for the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (University of Hamburg), and field representative in Mali for the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (Saint John’s University, Minnesota). Conservator, archivist and librarian by education, since 2015 she has been coordinating projects on the safeguard and preservation of Malian manuscripts.
She has longstanding experience at national (Italy) and international level on the preservation, conservation and management of manuscript collections. She was in charge of the codicological description and preservation plan of the Islamic manuscript collection at the University of Turin; in 2008-2009 she took part in the international project for the safeguard of Mauritania manuscripts.
She gives lectures and presentations in university courses and international conferences; she has published articles in national and international journals, books and conference proceedings.