Friday, August 28, 2009

Fifth Annual iConference

The Fifth Annual iConference, Feb. 3-6, 2010, at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, brings together scholars, professionals and students who come from diverse backgrounds and share interests in working at the nexus of people, information and technology. The 2010 iConference theme addresses iMPACTS. As the Obama administration brings new potential for our field to affect change, particularly through investments in education, broadband and scientific research, it also is providing a moment for critical reflection on the impacts of the iSchool movement (research, teaching, profession, industry and service) within and outside our community. In this theme, we thus consider such questions as: What are the broad impacts (actual and potential) of the iSchool movement? How can impact be defined, identified, measured and communicated to key audiences?

This Call for Participation solicits contributions that reflect on the core activities of the iSchool community, including research, design, methods and epistemologies, educational practices and engagement between the iSchools and wider constituencies both in the United States and abroad. With invited speakers, paper and poster sessions, roundtables, wildcard sessions, workshops and ample opportunities for conversations and connections, the iConference celebrates and engages our multidisciplinary efforts to understand the complex interrelationships among people, information and technology in the iSociety. Sessions will feature completed and early cutting-edge work. The iConference will also include a doctoral student workshop and a mentoring session for untenured faculty and post-doctoral researchers.

In addition to the conference theme, areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

* Critical reflection on the impacts of the iSchool movement (research, teaching, profession, industry and service) within and outside of our community;
* IT infrastructure development and sustainability in the home, organizations, communities, society;
* Diversity in the iSociety: inclusion of underrepresented groups--women, youth, the aging, people with disabilities, indigenous communities, racial and ethnic minorities, etc.;
* Information behavior: theoretical, empirical and methodological advances in everyday life settings, eScience and eResearch, information literacy, etc.;
* Information management: life cycle, personal information management, digital asset management, technologies of remembering and forgetting;
* Digital libraries: preserving digital information, information quality, security and privacy;
* Information organization: metadata, ontologies, the Semantic Web, social tagging; and/or
* eGovernment: information policy, economics, ethics, law, technologies of privacy and trust.

Research Track
The Associate Deans for Research of the iSchools are coordinating a special research track on "measuring research impact." The difficulty associated with measuring the impact of research efforts is not limited to information science. The key is to distinguish indicators/measures of outcomes and impacts from indicators/measures of inputs or resources expended. Papers submitted in this track could discuss:

* Conceptual and theoretical to empirical and data driven research impacts;
* Overview of the micro level (impact of individual researchers and contributions) to the meso (impact of individual communities or schools) to the macro (the impact of the iCaucus or the whole of information science research); and/or
* The philosophy of measurement to the practical issues of conveying the significance of information science research to non-scientists.

Example topics include:
* Measuring and comparing the methods and effectiveness of cross-, inter-, or trans-disciplinary research with research within a particular discipline;
* Bibliometric measures of impact;
* Indicators of scholarly impact; and
* Indicators of professional, social and policy impacts.

If you are submitting a paper to this track, please include "measuring research impact" in the paper title (to be removed in the proceedings).

Submission information and more at

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Workshop online - Basic Digital Stewardship

Basic Digital Stewardship
Date and Time: September 23, 2009, 2 - 4pm EST

Location: Live Online

Is your institution embarking on a digital project? Have you already begun, but want to make sure that you are prepared to handle the long-term preservation needs that are specific to the digital world? This class will cover the basics of appropriate file formats, migration and refreshing, and a discussion of key principles for the creation, maintenance, and preservation of digital repositories.

For more information or to register, please visit Or contact Lyrasis at 800-999-8558. Thanks!

Workshop - The Business of Audio-Visual Preservation

You're invited! A one-day A/V Preservation workshop sponsored by the Society of California Archivists' Education Committee

° Thursday, October 15, 2009 ° 9:00 am to 3:00 pm °

The Autry National Center of the American West

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

° The Business of Audio-Visual Preservation °

With the increasing costs and options available for the preservation and digitization of audio-visual materials, it is becoming quite a challenge to know how to proceed.

This workshop will help archivists, librarians, and individuals explore the different options for preserving and digitizing their films, videos, and audio recordings. Attendees will also learn how to develop audio-visual preservation strategies and ways to seek funding for audio-visual media preservation and digitalization projects.

This workshop is designed for archivists, librarians, collection managers, and individuals that are involved with the preservation of audio-visual materials.

Topics that will be covered:

* Working with a Media Preservation Consultant
* Audio restoration and how best to work with service providers
* Digitizing motion picture footage
* Video to digital conversion
* Strategies for monetizing your film collections
* Tax benefits for donors giving to media preservation projects
* Developing grants for media collections and preservation projects

° Presenters °

Cornelia Emerson - Consultant; Former Development Officer, UCLA Film & Television Archive
Kevin Mullican-Chief Technology Officer, IO Film, LLC
Bob Sky-President and Founder, Novastar Digital Sound Services
Lance Watsky-A-V Media Preservation Consultant; Program Coordinator, UCLA's Moving Image Archive Studies
David Wedeen - Controller, Pacific Title Archives

° Registration °

SCA Member - $25; Non-SCA Member - $50; Student (with copy of ID) - $15.

The Business of A/V Preservation - Scholarship Available! See reverse for information

To register: Please fill out and clip the form below to mail the form, along with your check, to:

Erica Bennett/Fullerton College/321 East Chapman Ave. / Fulerton, CA 92832

This form and a check (made out to Society of California Archivists) must be received by October 9, 2009.

° Scholarship Available °

The Walter P. Gray III Education Endowment Fund Scholarship offers funds for registration and travel to SCA workshops. The award provides up to $200 per workshop; applicants must cover expenses in excess of the award. All SCA members in good-standing whose employers do not financially assist them with continuing education expenses may apply. Submit an application form, including a proposed budget to: Liz Konzak, by September 25, 2009.

Visit the SCA Scholarship page for the form and more information:

° Notes °

Attendance is limited to the first 20 valid registrants. Registrants after the first 20 will be placed on a waiting list. If/as openings occur those on the waiting list will be notified. If you register but have to cancel, please notify Randolph Boyd by October 9, 2009; refunds will not be available after that date. Receipts available upon request. Questions? Randolph Boyd,

° Eats! °

Coffee, tea, juice & breakfast snacks will be provided. Lunch will be on your own. There is a café in the same building as the classroom as well as indoor and outdoor patios, if you bring your lunch.

° Directions °

The Autry National Center of the American West is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles CA 90027. It is across the street from the Los Angeles Zoo. For further directions and parking information see


Now Earn
for your attendance at NEDCC's
A Series of Five Coordinated Seminars
October 2009 to September 2010

The Academy of Certified Archivists will award
to Certified Archivists who attend MANAGING PRESERVATION.

A Series of Five Coordinated Seminars
October 2009 to September 2010

September 11, 2009

information on issues and technologies needed to design, implement, and
manage an effective preservation program for documents, books,
photographs, and other paper-based materials, as well as digital

Managing Preservation's five coordinated seminars:
October 27-29, 2009
December 1-3, 2009
March 3-4, 2010
June 15-17, 2010
September 21-22, 2010

NEDCC, Andover, Massachusetts

$1,000 for the full series. Each participant is expected to attend all

FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION and to download the application form, visit:
(Application is required and the class size is limited to twenty

Contact Donia Conn,, (978) 470-1010 ext. 220

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Introduction to Web 2.0 in Archives ... or What You Need to Know in a Nutshell

Introduction to Web 2.0 in Archives

... or What You Need to Know in a Nutshell

Tuesday, October 13

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CST

Not sure about what all these Web 2.0 tools-like Twitter, Facebook,
Flickr, and YouTube-are all about? This web seminar will give you
familiarity with Web 2.0 tools used by archivists, and you'll see how
these tools are implemented by archives and similar organizations for

For details and to register click on the title. If your browser doesn't
accommodate the URL go to
and access the education calendar under
the education and events menu. Questions? Please contact us (toll
free) at 866.722.7858 or

Free workshop - Fire Protection for Cultural Heritage

The Alliance for Response Pittsburgh is pleased to announce details and registration for its fall program:

Fire Protection for Cultural Heritage

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

1 to 5 pm

Pennsylvania Ballroom, Pittsburgh Athletic Association, 4215 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The featured speaker for this program is Nick Artim, P.E.,

Director of Heritage Protection Group, Middlebury, Vermont,

a nationally recognized fire suppression and safety expert.

This program is free but registration is requested by September 2. Please register by following this link:

We look forward to seeing you!

About the program

This session will describe the general philosophy of fire safety for cultural heritage properties that include libraries, archives, museums, and historic structures. The program will discuss a full range of fire safety issues that will start with basic fire chemistry – how a fire starts and develops. It will then describe typical fire risks that exist in cultural properties and how through fire prevention and risk reduction measures the threat can be reduced. The session will continue with a discussion of fire safety features including building fire compartmentation, fire detection and alarm systems, and fire suppression systems. A part of the session will also discuss construction fire safety so that threats during this typically high hazard period can be reduced.

About the speaker

Nick Artim currently serves as the director of the Heritage Protection Group, a Middlebury, Vermont based collaborative of fire protection and security consultants and engineers that specializes in heritage protection. Over more than twenty- five years, his project experience has included sites in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Bermuda, and Ireland. His clients have included several National Park Service historic sites, the National Libraries of Canada and Ireland, the British Library, the Scottish Supreme Court, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Bermuda Archives, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the historic structures under the jurisdiction of the Vermont State Government. Some of his current projects include fire protection systems engineering for the restoration of James Madison home, the restoration of the Thomas Edison-Henry Ford Winter Estate, and automatic fire suppression improvements at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site.

Prior to founding the Fire Safety Network which was the Heritage Protection Group’s original company name, he was the Chief Fire Protection Engineer for the Architect of the United States Capitol where he was responsible for fire and life safety at the U.S Capitol Complex. These buildings included the Capitol Building, Congressional Office Buildings, Library of Congress, U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Botanical Garden. He also served as a professional fire fighter for the Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Fire and Rescue Services.

Mr. Artim is a registered fire protection engineer and has a formal education consisting of an Associates Degree in Fire Protection Technology from the State University of New York and a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Fire Protection from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He serves as a principal committee member on National Fire Protection Association Committee on the Protection of Cultural Resources, which produces document #909, Standard for the Protection of Cultural Resources­. He is the past task group chairman on NFPA #914, Protection of Historic Buildings. He is also responsible for fire protection educational services with the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection and has authored a number of fire protection technical articles, and serves as an instructor for several fire protection educational seminars. He serves as a seminar course instructor at Simmons College (Boston) School of Graduate Library Studies. He is also serving an advisory role for the University of Vermont’s proposed Preservation Engineering curriculum.

Program sponsorship

This workshop has been partially funded with Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and would not have been possible without the help of the College and Research Division of PaLA. Show your appreciation by becoming a member of PaLA! And if you are already a member – thank you!

Additional funding and support has been offered by the BELFOR Property Restoration, Alliance for Response Pittsburgh, Heritage Preservation and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, Lyrasis, PALCI, and the University of Pittsburgh University Library System.

bcr online WebLive workshops

BCR presents the following online WebLive workshops.

Register now at the BCR website! (

September 1, When Do I Need a New Record? (10 am-12 noon MT)

If your work involves copy cataloging, and sorting out whether an original bibliographic record is necessary for an item new to your library’s collection, this workshop is for you.

September 1-2, Interlibrary Loan Copyright Issues (2-4 pm MT)

The murky waters of copyright can present navigational challenges for all librarians, and interlibrary loan presents unique issues in this regard. This two-day session will survey copyright law briefly, apply copyright law to the interlibrary loan environment and take a quick look at the effect of digital technologies.

September 2-3, Adding Original Records to WorldCat with the Connexion Client (10 am-12 noon MT)

For anyone performing original cataloging in OCLC WorldCat, this workshop covers the process of inputting new bibliographic records with the OCLC Connexion client software

September 8, Copy Cataloging with CatExpress (10 am-12 noon MT)

This live online course provides instruction on copy cataloging using the CatExpress interface. This course covers the copy cataloging workflow including searching, holdings maintenance, exporting and downloading records. After completing this course, the learner will be prepared to fully utilize the CatExpress service.

September 8-10, WorldCat Resource Sharing Basics (2-4 pm MT)

This three-day online workshop is designed for users who borrow or lend through the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service.

September 10, Using NetLibrary Audio Books (10 am-12 noon MT)

This workshop defines and describes eAudiobooks, provides instruction and demonstration for how to download and transfer eAudiobooks to portable music devices, and instructs learners to administer the NetLibrary eAudiobooks service.

September 16-17, Introduction to Digital Imaging (2-4 pm MT)

The focus of this workshop is on basic digital imaging techniques. It introduces cultural heritage institutions to vocabulary necessary to understand the Western States Digital Imaging Best Practices version 2.0, quality control, and storage of image files.

September 22-24, Introduction to Metadata for the Digital Environment (10 am-12 noon MT)

Are you responsible for providing access to digital objects, but have no idea how to go about it? Is just the term “metadata” a mystery to you? It won’t be after you take this course. You will develop a strong understanding of metadata by learning about types of metadata and different metadata terminology, including crosswalking and harvesting. You will also examine different metadata schema and best practices to help you determine what would work best for your organization’s digital projects.

September 22-24, Local Holdings Record Maintenance with the OCLC Connexion Browser (2-4 pm MT)

This three day online workshop provides participants with the skills required to maintain local holdings data for serial items in WorldCat by using the Connexion Browser interface. Local Holdings Record Maintenance replaces the Union Listing service. Adding Local Holdings Records (LHRs) will increase the efficiencies in Resource Sharing activities by providing specific information about your journal and magazine ownership.

September 29, Searching WorldCat in FirstSearch (2-4 pm MT)

Increase your comfort level and optimize the powerful tools available in the FirstSearch reference and Resource Sharing interface. This workshop will address how to access FirstSearch, search WorldCat, navigate and manipulate lists of records, developing search proficiency.

September 29-30, Libraries Helping Job Seekers in Hard Times (10 am-12 noon MT)

In the current economic climate, library resources are being used more than ever, especially by people hunting for work. Libraries are struggling to meet users’ needs for assistance with all aspects of the job hunt, from resume creation to the actual application process. On top of that, library staff must grapple with patrons’ varying skill levels and the additional demands these create for staff.

September 30, FirstSearch Administrative Module (2-4 pm MT)

The functions of the FirstSearch Administrative Module can leverage your investment in your FirstSearch subscription and your visibility on the open web. This workshop will cover the various customization options for the patron interface. Participants will also learn to create links between authorizations, local catalogs, and Open URL services as well as enable deep linking to local catalog records to Statistical reports for reference and will also be covered.

Register for all BCR Workshops:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Webcast - The Preservation Function in Research Libraries

The Preservation Function in Research Libraries, Webcast, September 15
Registration Now Open

Washington DC--The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is hosting a webcast
on "Preservation: Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of Research Libraries" on
September 15, 2009, from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT.

Grounded in the recently released report by Lars Meyer, "Safeguarding
Collections at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Describing Roles & Measuring
Contemporary Preservation Activities in ARL Libraries," the webcast will offer
a brief overview of Meyer's key findings about how research libraries are
working to ensure ongoing access to collections in all formats.

In addition, the webcast will showcase comments from two reactors to the
report: James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University
Librarian, Columbia University Libraries, will offer his perspectives on
community level preservation challenges; and Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo
Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs, Duke
University Libraries, will discuss aligning preservation activities with
institutional and inter-institutional concerns. Participants will have the
opportunity to ask the panelists questions at the end of the session.

The webcast is intended for staff and administrators interested in the evolving
forms of preservation in research libraries. The presentation will be
appropriate for group viewing and institutions may want to organize
post-webcast discussions among interested staff.

The webcast is free, but advance registration is required. To register
individuals or groups, please visit

More Information

The full text of the original report, "Safeguarding Collections at the Dawn of
the 21st Century: Describing Roles & Measuring Contemporary Preservation
Activities in ARL Libraries" is freely available at

For more information, contact:
Karla Hahn
Association of Research Libraries

Donald A. B. Lindberg Fellowship

Applications for the Donald A. B. Lindberg Fellowship due November 15, 2009

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledgebase, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. The endowment will provide a $9,945 grant, awarded by MLA through a competitive grant process, to a qualified health sciences librarian, informatician, health professional, researcher, educator, or health administrator. Research in alignment with MLA’s research agenda’s top ranked research questions is preferred over other areas of research and is located at

An application and more information about the fellowship can be accessed at or by contacting Lisa C. Fried, MLA’s Credentialing, Professional Recognition and Career Coordinator at

The awardee will be notified in late February 2010.

CE course - Budget and Finance for the Library

CE course - Budget and Finance for the Library

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce the following non-credit continuing education course:

Title: Budget and Finance for the Library

Dates: September 1 - October 6, 2009

Times: Online synchronous sessions Tuesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm Central time

Instructor: Robert H. Burger, Ph.D., CPA, Professor Emeritus, UIUC Library

Cost: $300

Intended audience: CPLA program candidates; librarians and information professionals needing training in library budget and finance topics. A couple of scholarships are available to librarians from developing countries.

Purpose of the course: To familiarize the student with the basic principles of library financial administration, including budgeting and planning within the mission and goals of the organization. Upon completion of the course the candidate is expected to be able to develop program budgets, conduct operational analysis for budget forecasting, develop capital budgets, conduct cost/benefit analyses, and work with accounting personnel. Topics include line item, program, and capital budgets, cost benefit analysis, performance measures and operations indicators, capital projects, and fiduciary responsibilities of the library director, trustees, and others having responsibilities for financial administration in the library. The use of Microsoft Excel is assumed and will be used at a level appropriate for someone who has basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Note: If you need to miss a live session, audio and text archives are available.

For additional information and to register:

I Love My Librarian Award

Nominations open for 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/
New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

NEW YORK – Nominations are open for the 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations will run through October 9 and are being accepted online at

Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times in December. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library.

Nominees will be judged by a selection committee based on quality of service to library users, demonstrated knowledge of the library and its resources and commitment shown in helping library users.

In 2008, Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded the American Library Association (ALA) $489,000 to support the award, which will continue annually through 2013. The award continues in the tradition of one The New York Times presented from 2001 to 2006.

Last year, more than 3,200 library users nationwide nominated a librarian, and 10 librarians received the award. For more information on last year’s winners, visit

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

The award is administered by ALA’s Public Information Office and Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

Carnegie Corp. of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” For more than 95 years, the foundation has carried out its founder’s vision of philanthropy by building on his two major concerns: international peace and advancing education and knowledge. Each year, the private grant-making foundation invests more than $100 million in nonprofit organizations to fulfill Mr. Carnegie’s mission, “to do real and permanent good in this world.”

The New York Times Company, a leading media company with 2008 revenues of $2.9 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers, WQXR-FM and more than 50 Web sites, including, and The Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 65,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

Megan Humphrey
Manager, Campaign for America’s Libraries,
ALA Public Information Office
(312) 280-1546

CCHA Workshop - Environmental Management: Stewardship and Sustainability


Environmental Management: Stewardship and Sustainability presented by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

Philadelphia, PA

November 12, 2009

This one-day workshop 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.

For more information and to register online, go to,M3,479cdf23-3a93-4ac9-8b82-6518165f4b74.

Topics to be covered will 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.

Major funding for this program is generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Philadelphia Foundation, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Hosted and cosponsored by The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA.

The Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), the professional certifying organization for the archives field, will award 10 Accreditation Recertification Credits (ARCs) to eligible Certified Archivists (CAs) attending this program.

For more information and to register online, go to,M3,479cdf23-3a93-4ac9-8b82-6518165f4b74. Still have questions? Visit our Education Program Calendar at, call 215-545-0613 or email

NISO Forum ; Library Resource Management Systems: New Challenges, New Opportunities

Join NISO for a two-day forum on October 8-9 in Boston on Library Resource
Management Systems: New Challenges, New Opportunities where we will consider
the issues related to library resource management systems and the
consequences for customers, users, vendors, and developers.

This email provides an updated agenda and speakers list. Attendees at all
levels of system involvement and expertise will find thought-provoking
discussion and ample opportunity to share ideas with the library, vendor,
and developer communities.

Don't miss this stellar line-up of speakers and topics!


** Keynote Presentation -- Oren Beit-Arie, Chief Strategy Officer, Ex
Libris, Inc.

** What Do Libraries Want to Achieve with Their Library Systems? -- Thomas
Wall, University Librarian, Boston College

** User Perspectives: How Our Patrons Interact with Our Services -- Judi
Briden, Digital Librarian for Public Services and Brain and Cognitive
Sciences Librarian, Rush Rhees Reference, University of Rochester, River
Campus Libraries

** Build It Yourself or Buy It? -- John Culshaw, Professor and Associate
Director for Administrative Services, University of Colorado at Boulder
Libraries AND Guoying (Grace) Liu, Systems Librarian, Leddy Library,
University of Windsor

** Panel discussion: Open Source Systems: What Is Working/What Is
Progressing? -- Tim McGeary, Senior Systems Specialist, Lehigh University
AND Andrew Nagy, Senior Discovery Services Engineer, Serials Solutions (will
discuss the OLE Project)

** Modifying Your Existing System through Plug-Ins and Interactions --
Annette Bailey, Digital Assets Librarian, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University (Virginia Tech)

** Library Management Systems Business Models Roundtable -- Facilitated by
Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Jean
and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University
Talin Bingham, Chief Technology Officer, SirsiDynix
Neil Block, Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Innovative
Interfaces, Inc.
Galen Charlton, Vice President of Data Services, Equinox
Software, Inc.
Paul R. Cope, President, Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Carl Grant, President, Ex Libris North America
Andrew K. Pace, Executive Director, Networked Library Services,


** Day Two Keynote: Libraries Changing -- Rachel Bruce, Programme Director,
Information Environment, JISC

** ERM Gap Analysis Project -- Ivy Anderson, Director, Collection
Development & Management Program, California Digital Library

** The Library System in a Broader Context: Interaction with Other Library
Systems / Interoperability -- MacKenzie Smith, Associate Director for
Technology, MIT Libraries AND Diane C. Mirvis, CIO and University Librarian,
University of Bridgeport

** Cloud vs. Local: What Works? What Do We Need? -- Speaker TBA

** Large Consortium Systems: Making the Library Work with Other Libraries --
Kyle Banerjee, Digital Services Program Manager, Orbis Cascade Alliance

** Brainstorming Possibilities: A Group Activity -- Facilitated by Karen A.
Wetzel, Standards Program Manager, NISO

** Closing Presentation: Where Can We Go from Here? -- Marshall Breeding,
Director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Jean and Alexander Heard
Library, Vanderbilt University

Early bird registration discounts are available through September 23. For
the complete agenda, logistics information, and to register, visit the event
webpage (

Workshop - Beyond The Book: Care and Handling of Costumes & Textiles

LAPNet – Beyond The Book: Care and Handling of Costumes & Textiles

William S. Hart Ranch and Museum, Thursday, September 17, 2009

Registration opens at 9:00 AM

Program: 9:30-3:30

The Los Angeles Preservation Network (LAPNet) is offering a one-day workshop on the care and handling of costumes and textiles. A tour of the William S. Hart Museum is included. Participants will gain some background knowledge of the history of textiles and their fibers. Treatment decisions and a variety of options will be discussed, and there will be a hands-on session. Each participant is encouraged to bring ONE ITEM ONLY for examination and discussion.

A Bar-B-Q lunch is included in the registration cost.

Who should attend
The workshop is designed for museum, library and historical society staff who are responsible for costumes and textiles in their collections.

The program will be held at the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum. For driving directions and other logistics information, go to


Workshop is limited to the first 40 registrants
Registration is $75.00.

To register for this workshop, please reserve a spot by either emailing or calling Linda Mehr (contact info below) and send a check by mail. Checks must be received by Friday September 11, 2009 to confirm your place in the workshop.

Linda Harris Mehr
Margaret Herrick Library Director
Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study
333 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: (310) 247-3033

Cara Varnell received her conservation training at the Textile Conservation Centre in England over 25 years ago. She has held staff positions in the conservation departments of the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts (the de Young Museum), the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was Associate Textile Conservator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for nearly 9 years. She has been in full-time private practice for a decade. Her clients run the gamut from museums to studio archives to private collectors.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Association of Bookmobiles and Outreach Services grants

The Association of Bookmobiles and Outreach Services is proud to announce the 2009 conference, Honoring the Past-Creating the Future, to
be held in Everett, Washington from October 7-9. Registration
information is available at
Application for the following grants and awards are also available at All submissions are due by September
1st, 2009.

The Carol Hole Conference Attendance Grant

The ABOS Carol Hole Conference Attendance Grant includes free
conference registration and a stipend for travel expenses and/or
accommodations for the conference.

The John Philip Award
The ABOS John Philip Award is given to recognize outstanding
contributions and prominent leadership by an individual in Bookmobile
and Outreach Services.

The Bernard Vavrek Scholarship

In order to contribute to the education and training of library staff
working in the area of bookmobile and outreach services, ABOS has
created the Bernard Vavrek Scholarship. It will be awarded annually to a
student who has been accepted into or is currently enrolled in a Library
and/or Information Science graduate degree program, and who is
interested in this particular field within the library profession.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Museum Computer Network scholarship deadline extended

The deadline to apply for scholarships to attend this year’s Museum Computer Network conference has been extended to August 22, 2009! See the following announcement for details.

Announcing scholarships to attend the 37th annual Museum Computer Network conference in Portland, Oregon!

The Museum Computer Network is delighted to offer museum professionals the opportunity to apply for scholarships that will enable them to attend the MCN annual conference in November.

The annual meeting provides an occasion where you can meet and learn from experts on the technology topics challenging today’s museums. It’s also a great time for networking and establishing new relationships to strengthen your resources for the coming year.


What? Eight scholarships are available to attend MCN’s 2009 annual conference. Each stipend includes the full conference registration fee, free hotel stay, and a US $50.00 stipend to cover additional expenses.

Who? This scholarship is available to museum professionals who meet one of the following criteria:
• Employed at an institution with no more than 20 permanent staff • First-time MCN conference attendee.
• New to the profession with less than 2 years experience in the field.

Museum Information, Museum Efficiency: Doing More with Less 37th Annual MCN Conference November 11-14, 2009 Portland, Oregon

Why? The annual MCN conference offers tremendous personal and professional benefits and rewards. Not only do attendees gain professional knowledge from sessions, they also have the opportunity to network with professionals from around the world.

How? Complete the MCN 2009 Scholarship Application and Acceptance Agreement and submit according to instructions available online at

Submission Deadline: EXTENDED TO AUGUST 22, 2009

Questions? Please contact Jana Hill, 2009 Scholarship Committee chair,

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.
Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve

* research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities;
* planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries’ and museums’ digital assets;
* scholarship that examines the philosophical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies;
* innovative uses of technology for public programming and education utilizing both traditional and new media; and
* new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels.

Innovation is a hallmark of this grant category. All applicants must propose an innovative approach, method, tool, or idea that has not been used before in the humanities. These grants are modeled, in part, on the “high risk/high reward” paradigm often used by funding agencies in the sciences. NEH is requesting proposals for projects that take some risks in the pursuit of innovation and excellence.
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation.

Two levels of awards will be made in this program.

Level I awards are small grants designed to fund brainstorming sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning. Level II awards are larger grants that can be used for more fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or the creation of working prototypes. Applicants must state in their narrative which funding level they seek. Applicants should carefully choose the funding level appropriate to the needs of the proposed project.

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods up to eighteen months. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; and technical support and services. Up to 20 percent of the total grant may be used for the acquisition of computing hardware and software. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to appropriate scholarly and public audiences. In order to facilitate dissemination and increase the impact of the projects that are ultimately developed through Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, applicants are strongly encouraged to employ open-source and fully accessible software.
Successful applicants will be expected to create a “lessons learned” white paper. This white paper should document the project, including lessons learned, so that others can benefit from the grantees’ experience. This white paper will be posted on the NEH Web site.

Conservation Project Support Grant

FY 2010 Deadline:
October 1, 2009

Grant Amount:
Up to $150,000

Grant Period:
Generally up to two years; three years with strong justification

Matching Requirement:
1:1 for total project request

Program Contacts:

Christine Henry, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 202/653-4674

Mark Feitl, Program Specialist
Phone: 202/653-4635

Conference Calls

The Institute has scheduled two conference calls to give prospective applicants an opportunity to ask the IMLS staff questions pertaining to Conservation Project Support program grants.

Date: Thursday, August 20th
Time: 3 PM ET
Participant Dial-In Number: (800) 603-9527
Conference ID: 72461040

Date: Wednesday, September 2nd
Time: 3 PM ET
Participant Dial-In Number: (800) 603-9527
Conference ID: 72461040

Program Overview
The Conservation Project Support program awards grants to help museums identify conservation needs and priorities, and perform activities to ensure the safekeeping of their collections.

Conservation Project Support grants help museums develop and implement a logical, institution-wide approach to caring for their living and material collections. Applicants should apply for the project that meets one of the institution’s highest conservation needs. All applications must demonstrate that the primary goal of the project is conservation care, and not collection management or maintenance.

Grants are available for many types of conservation activities, including surveys (general, detailed condition, or environmental); training; treatment; and environmental improvements.

Museums are encouraged to share the impact of conservation activities with their communities through outreach and programs.

Connecting to Collections Statewide Planning Grants

Connecting to Collections
Statewide Planning Grants

Grant program guidelines are made available approximately 90 days before the grant deadline. Until that time, guidelines from the previous year are available for your reference, but you must use the current fiscal year application when you apply.

2009 Grant Program Guidelines (PDF, 623 KB) at Instructions

2010 Deadline: December 15, 2009

2010 Grant Amount: Up to $40,000

2010 Grant Period: Up to two years

Program Contacts:
Christine Henry, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 202/653-4674

Mark Feitl, Program Specialist
Phone: 202/653-4635

Program Overview

Statewide Planning Grants, an important component of the Connecting to Collections initiative, foster partnerships among organizations in a state, commonwealth, or territory to implement recommendations of the Heritage Health Index (HHI), which recommends that collections in the public trust should:

o provide safe conditions for their collections;
o develop an emergency plan;
o assign responsibility for collections care; and
o work together to increase public and private support for, and raise public awareness about, collections care.

In 2010, the Institute plans to award one grant to each of the following eligible states, commonwealths, and territories that have not yet received a Statewide Planning Grant:

o American Samoa
o Arizona
o Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
o Federated States of Micronesia
o Hawaii
o Idaho
o Louisiana
o Missouri
o Montana
o Nebraska
o Nevada
o Puerto Rico
o Republic of Palau
o Republic of the Marshall Islands
o Washington, DC
o West Virginia
o Wisconsin

Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grants

Connecting to Collections
Statewide Implementation Grants

2010 Deadline: December 15, 2009

2010 Grant Amount: Up to $500,000

2010 Grant Period: Up to two years

Program Contacts:
Christine Henry, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 202/653-4674

Mark Feitl, Program Specialist
Phone: 202/653-4635

Program Overview
Statewide Implementation Grants, an important component of the Connecting to Collections initiative, will fund a limited number of grants to implement the plans or models created with the Statewide Planning grants, addressing issues identified in the Heritage Health Index, to:

o provide safe conditions for their collections;
o develop an emergency plan;
o assign responsibility for collections care; and
o work together to increase public and private support for, and raise public awareness about, collections care.

These grants are designed to encourage people and institutions in each state to cooperate on a plan that will benefit all. Project activities should accommodate needs of institutions in each state; they do not need to address all four recommendations. Each state should indicate its most pressing needs, report what has already been done, name the organizations and people to be involved in the planning process, and outline specific next steps.


Building on a successful Statewide Planning Grant, will include multiple partnerships among representatives of libraries, museums, archives, statewide service organizations, and state agencies. Institutions that fulfill the general criteria may apply.

o Library Criteria
o Museum Criteria

*Click here to learn more about A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections, a landmark study conducted by Heritage Preservation in partnership with IMLS.

American Heritage Preservation Grants

American Heritage Preservation Grants

A special initiative of the Conservation Project Support Program in partnership between IMLS and Bank of America

Grant program guidelines for the current fiscal year are now available:

2010 Grant Program Guidelines (PDF, 379KB) and Instructions

Deadline: September 15, 2009

Grant Amount: Up to $3,000

Grant Period: Up to one year

Program Contacts
Christine Henry, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 202/653-4674

Kevin Cherry, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 202/653-4662

Conference Calls

The Institute has scheduled two conference calls to give prospective applicants an opportunity to ask the IMLS staff questions pertaining to the American Heritage Preservation Grants.

Date: Wednesday, August 19th
Time: 3 PM ET
Participant Dial-In Number: (800) 603-9527
Conference ID: 72461040

Date: Tuesday, August 25th
Time: 3 PM ET
Participant Dial-In Number: (800) 603-9527
Conference ID: 72461040

February 23, 2009 Press Release--Treasures Preserved with Grants from the IMLS American Heritage Preservation Program

Program Overview
Bank of America is partnering with the Institute to provide grants to small museums, libraries, and archives. The grants will raise awareness and fund preservation of treasures held in small museums, libraries and archives.

Grants will help to preserve specific items, including works of art, artifacts and historical documents that are in need of conservation. Applicants will build on completed conservation assessments of their collections to ensure that the grants are used in accordance with best practices in the field, and underscore the importance of assessment planning.

Grant programs that provide assistance with conservation planning and assessment include the Institute’s Conservation Assessment Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Preservation Assistance Grants. Some states also offer assessment programs.

Institutions that fulfill the general criteria may apply. See program guidelines for special conditions of eligibility for this program.

Museum Assessment Program grants

Museum Assessment Program

For the fiscal year 2009 application, plus examples of how this program can benefit your institution and more information, please visit the American Association of Museums Web site.

FY 2010 Deadline:
February 16, 2010

AAM Contact:

Jill Connors-Joyner,
Assistant Director, MAP
American Association of Museums
1575 Eye Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005

Program Overview
The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Association of Museums. It is designed to help museums assess their strengths and weaknesses, and plan for the future.

The program provides technical assistance for four kinds of assessments: (1) collections management; (2) governance; (3) institutional; and (4) public dimension. Assessments are funded on a first-come, first-served basis. Museums may apply for MAP assessments in any sequence. Museums that received a MAP assessment grant on or before September 2003 may apply for a grant to fund participation in that assessment a second time. Application materials can be obtained by contacting the American Association of Museums.

In all MAP assessments, members of the museum staff and governing authority complete a self-study, and receive a site visit by one or more museum professionals, who tour the museum and meet with staff, governing officials, and volunteers. The surveyors work with the museum and MAP staff to produce a report evaluating the museum’s operations, making recommendations, and suggesting resources.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Two NEH preservation grants

The Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities announces a new preventive conservation grant program, Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections, with a deadline of December 8, 2009. The program offers U.S. nonprofit museums, libraries, and archives, as well as state and local governmental agencies and tribal governments with humanities collections two kinds of awards:

*Planning and evaluation grants, with awards up to $40,000
These grants can help institutions assess risks to collections and identify realistic approaches for mitigating them; examine passive and low-energy alternatives to conventional energy-intensive systems for managing environmental conditions; analyze existing climate control systems and the performance characteristics of buildings and building envelopes to develop a plan for improved operation, effectiveness, and energy efficiency; and, evaluate the effectiveness of preventive conservation strategies previously implemented, including performance upgrades to systems and building envelopes. Planning and evaluation projects should involve an interdisciplinary team appropriate to the goals of the project. The team may consist of consultants and members of the institution's staff and might include architects, building engineers, conservation scientists, conservators, curators, and facilities managers, among others.

*Implementation grants, with awards up to $400,000
These grants can support managing interior relative humidity and temperature by passive methods such as creating buffered spaces and housing, controlling moisture at its sources, or improving the thermal and moisture performance of a building envelope; installing or re-commissioning heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems; installing storage systems and rehousing collections; improving security and the protection of collections from fire, flood, and other disasters; and upgrading lighting systems and controls to achieve levels suitable for collections that are energy efficient.

Guidelines will be posted on the NEH Web site in early September. Please contact the division for more information by emailing or calling 202-606-8570.

Free SAA More Product, Less Process workshop in Kentucky

This workshop is free for Kentuckians, courtesy of SHRAB. This is part of a series offered by SHRAB with scholarships for residents. Thank you!

Go the the SAA education site to register.

Implementing More Product, Less Process
October 23 • Frankfort, KY