After earning a B.A. from Knox College with a double major in Chemistry and Music, April spent 10 months working on a cattle ranch in Kansas and was then invited to join the Texas Foundation for Archaeological and Historical Research (TFAHR) on archaeological digs. She spent four seasons working with TFAHR in The Republic of Macedonia, Israel and France. Because of this experience, which included learning the basics of pottery reconstruction, April decided to pursue a career in the conservation of library and archival materials.
April received her Master of Library Science degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in the Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2002. As part of earning her degree she spent five weeks working in the private archives of the Marqués de Santa Maria de Barbará y de la Manresana in Villasar de Dalt, Spain; two weeks at the Michèle Rome Atelier in Arles, France, and completed an internship at the Library of Congress in the Rare Book Conservation Lab. After graduation, she worked part-time at the Harry Ransom Center at UT in paper conservation, and part-time as an adjunct professor at UT while starting Booksmith Conservation.
Clients have included 12th Street Books, Amigos Library Services, Austin State Hospital, Belton County Library, Dallas Museum of Art, The French Legation Museum, The Lower Colorado River Authority, Rice University, Trinity University (San Antonio), and many private individuals. April runs Booksmith Conservation while raising two young children with her husband. Booksmith Conservation specializes in book conservation in Austin, TX and book repair in Austin, TX.