Saturday, April 24, 2010

Free webinars - preservation

Free preservation webinars offered during Preservation Week, May 9-15
Chicago-The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) announces
two free live webinars to be offered during Preservation Week, May 9-15. Archival 101 and
Mold Prevention and Remediation are designed for individuals with little or no experience in
preservation practices and procedures, including the general public. The webinars are also very
valuable for those with a little more experience who wish to pick up some helpful hints. The
webinars are presented free of charge as a public service by ALCTS as part the activities of
Preservation Week 2010. Libraries are encouraged to make the webinars available to their
patrons. Libraries can register for the webinars and show them as part of their events for
Preservation Week. No fee is required to attend the webinars, however registration is required in
order to receive the link to the presentation.
Archival 101: Dealing with Suppliers of Archival Products
Tuesday, May 11, 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT, 11 a.m. PDT).
Do you need to purchase archival supplies for your organization or even yourself? Are you
confused by the terminology and not sure about what the differences between the various
vendors are? Not finding exactly what you are looking for and unsure about adapting different
products? Archival 101 is designed to demystify the archival product market for the layperson
and non-preservation specialist. The presentation will provide an overview of the conservation
and preservation issues facing libraries, cultural organizations, and individuals, describe the
terminology in use, discuss products and offer buying tips on the different ways these can be
used. A list of links to other resources will also be provided. Archival 101 is designed for
individuals with little or no experience and will also provide the more experienced user with
helpful hints.
Archival 101 is presented by Peter D. Verheyen, Head of Preservation and Conservation
at Syracuse University. After beginning as work-study in preservation under John Dean at Johns
Hopkins, he studied binding and conservation in Germany and Switzerland to become a rare
book conservator working in private practice and research library preservation programs. He
established the conservation lab at Syracuse for the treatment of special collections materials,
and developed a high-density system for storing architectural drawings. In response to a need for
efficient rehousing in anticipation of off-site storage he introduced Syracuse to the shrink-
wrapping of volumes. The Archival 101 presentation was originally developed for call center
staff at Gaylord Bros. when he worked there as Archival Product Manager. It has since been
presented regionally to varying audiences. ALCTS is pleased to have Gaylord as a Corporate
Partner for Preservation Week.
To register for the Archival 101 session see:
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Mold Prevention and Remediation
Thursday, May 13, 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT, 11 a.m. PDT).
This webinar will introduce attendees to the basic types of mold, and describe the environmental
conditions that promote mold growth in home and library collections. Prevention as well as
remediation should mold growth occur will be covered. This webinar is geared to participants
with little experience, but with lots of questions and concerns.
Mold is presented by Michele Brown, book conservator at Cornell University since 1995. She
received a B.A. in English from Fordham University, and a Certificate in Hand Bookbinding and
Restoration from the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts in 1977. She is enrolled in the
distance learning MLIS program at the University of Alabama, and is scheduled to receive that
degree in August 2010. She has conducted numerous workshops around New York State in
disaster planning, care and handling, and mold prevention and remediation. In addition, she
teaches bookbinding classes, conducts collection surveys, and maintains a small private practice.
To register for the session on Mold see:
ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. Preservation Week is a cooperative
initiative of ALCTS, the Library of Congress and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
Other Founding Partners are the American Institute of Conservation, Society of American
Archivists, and Heritage Preservation. Preservation Week is pleased to have Gaylord, Archival
Products, and as Corporate Partners. Visit the Preservation Week Web site
for more information:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010



presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

Washington, DC

July 27, 2010

This one-day program will explore new approaches to controlling environmental conditions in cultural institutions. Leading experts in the field James Reilly, Director, Image Permanence Institute; Michael C. Henry, PE, AIA, Principal Engineer/Architect, Watson & Henry Associates; and Richard L. Kerschner, Director of Preservation and Conservation, Shelburne Museum, will present strategies that are feasible, physically and financially, to preserve collections materials for the long-term.

Topics to be covered include:

• The Collections Environment

• Understanding the Building/Climate Relationship

• New Approaches and Best Practices for Environmental Control

• Environmental Monitoring and Data Analysis

This program is intended for staff of cultural heritage organizations responsible for monitoring and managing environmental conditions for collections, including registrars, facilities managers, archivists, librarians, curators, collections managers, and stewards of historic house museums.

Program Fee: $85 for CCAHA members/$100 for non-members.

Registration deadline: July 13, 2010

For more information and to register online, go to:

Hosted and cosponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Major funding for this program is generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions? Visit our Education Program Calendar at, call 215-545-0613 or email

Workshop - Maintaining a Proper Storage Environment for Historic Records

Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections will host “Maintaining a Proper Storage Environment for Historic Records,” a workshop for those who work with historic records and strive to maintain an appropriate storage environment. The workshop will be held in Room 1A of the Magale Memorial Library, Woodlawn Avenue, Shreveport, Louisiana, on Friday, May 14, 2010. Chris Brown, Centenary College Archivist, will lead this workshop. It will run from 8:30am to 12:00pm.

Participants will examine best practices for environmental control, practice measuring storage area conditions, and identify their priorities and potential obstacles for improving conditions in storage areas. Participants will also receive a basic digital hygro-thermometer to begin monitoring the humidity and temperature of storage areas at their place of work.

Centenary’s Archives and Special Collections is sponsoring the workshop in collaboration with the Archival Training Collaborative, which includes the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Together these institutions are developing a way to provide a sustainable program of quality, convenient, and inexpensive continuing education opportunities for keepers of the historical record in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. The ATC is supported by a three-year grant from the Institute for Library and Museum Services, a federal funding agency. The collaborative will offer frequent workshops throughout MS, AL, and LA.

The “Maintaining a Proper Storage Environment for Historic Records” workshop consists of both lecture-based and discussion-based lessons. The registration fee of $25.00 includes printed material, a digital hygro-thermometer, and refreshments. Registration forms and instructions are available at

Seating is limited and registration closes May 10. For more information, contact Chris Brown, (318-869-5462).

Chris Brown, MLIS
Magale Memorial Library
Centenary College of Louisiana
2911 Centenary Blvd.
Shreveport, LA 71104
phone: 318-869-5462; fax: 318-869-5004

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Free webinar - Cultural Objects Name Authority

The Museum Computer Network (MCN), Gallery Systems, and the J. Paul
Getty Trust are pleased to offer a free Webinar on a new vocabulary
under development, the Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA).

"Introducing the Gettys new Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA)"
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

The Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA) is a new Getty vocabulary
currently under development. It is scheduled for introduction to the
contributor community in 2011. CONA will join the other three Getty
vocabularies, the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT), the Getty
Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN), and the Union List of Artist Names
(ULAN), as a tool for cataloging and retrieval of art information. CONA
will contain titles, current location, and other core information for
cultural works. The scope of CONA will include architecture and movable
works such as paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, manuscripts,
photographs, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and archaeological
artifacts. Murtha Baca, Head of Digital Art History Access at the Getty
Research Institute, and Patricia Harpring, Managing Editor of the Getty
Vocabulary Program, will present an introduction to CONA and will be
available for questions.

To register, please go to:

Saturday, April 17, 2010

CFP - Making Museums Matter

Making Museums Matter: Integrating Collection and Exhibition Programs with College Curriculum
CAA 99th Annual Conference
New York, NY, February 9–12, 2011
Historical Studies, Contemporary Issues/Studio Art, Educational and Professional Practices, CAA Committees, and Affiliated Society Sessions (listed alphabetically by chairs). Proposals, sent to session chairs and not to CAA, must be received by May 3, 2010.
The 2011 Annual Conference is held in New York, NY, Wednesday-Saturday, February 9-12, 2011. Sessions are scheduled for two and a half hours. Chairs develop sessions in a manner that is appropriate to the topics and participants of their sessions. A characteristic, though certainly not standard, format includes four or five presentations of twenty minutes each, amplified by audience participation or by a discussant’s commentary. Other forms of presentation are encouraged.
Making Museums Matter: Integrating Collection and Exhibition Programs with College Curriculum
Neysa Page-Lieberman, Columbia College Chicago; and Leonie Bradbury, Montserrat College of Art Galleries.
Email: and
College and university museums and galleries are centers for research and education, incubators for progressive ideas, and laboratories for new theory and practice. They are dedicated to advancing and extending the intellectual life of their campus, while also creating bridges to broader communities by contributing to the public understanding of arts, science, history, and culture. In a climate of tightened budgets, pared down programs and selling of assets, the cultural institution’s ability to qualify its relevancy and value is increasingly vital. This session will provide examples of innovative or interdisciplinary models in which an academic museum or gallery has been able to deepen its integration into the parent institution’s curriculum and mission to become an active leader in supporting and defining the academic life and culture of campus.
Proposals For Papers To Sessions Chairs
Due May 3, 2010
Proposals for participation in sessions should be sent directly to the appropriate session chair(s). If a session is cochaired, a copy should be sent to each chair, unless otherwise indicated. Every proposal should include the following six items:
1. Completed session participation proposal form
2. Preliminary abstract of one to two double-spaced, typed pages.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Internship Opportunity - Archives of American Art

Internship Opportunity
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Oral History Management

The Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution seeks a graduate level intern to work with their retrospective oral history collection. The Archives of American Art (AAA) recently received a prestigious Save America's Treasures matching grant of $250,000 for the preservation and digitization of the Archives’ Oral History Collection. The purpose of this position is to support the preservation and digitization efforts occurring to support this project.

The Archives’ Oral History Program began in 1958. The interviews include American artists, scholars, critics, collectors, dealers, supporters and others involved in American art. Today, our recordings make up the world’s largest collection of oral histories on the subject of art, allowing scholars to learn about the art world directly from the words of our nation’s most distinguished artists.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:
• Organizing materials sent to, and returned from, our digitization vendor
• Scanning original tape boxes
• Rehousing original materials for offsite storage
• Auditing oral history transcripts
• Identifying sound clips from transcripts to be used on the AAA Website
• Encoding oral history transcripts for AAA's Website

Time Commitment: Minimum of 40 hours per week for approximately 10 weeks over the summer.
• Previous library or archival experience preferred
• Audio materials handling (or an interest in learning about audio handling) a strong plus
• Interest in oral histories and oral history management
• Detail oriented
• Ability to work independently

Internship applications must be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System ( Applicants will be required to upload the following materials:
• Cover letter
• Résumé detailing your experience, career interests, and internship goals
• Unofficial academic transcript
• Two letters of recommendation, which may be uploaded by the applicant or sent by mail to the attention of the Intern Coordinator, Archives of American Art, PO Box 37012, Victor Building, Suite 2200, MRC 937, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012


For further information please contact Jennifer Snyder at