Friday, August 30, 2013

CFP - Internet Reference Services Quarterly

Special Issue of Internet Reference Services Quarterly:
“Digital Reference and the User Experience”

Internet Reference Services Quarterly seeks well-researched articles on the
topic of user experience (UX), usability, and user-centered design (UCD) as
related to public-services librarianship, including reference, research
consultation, and instruction, reference materials, online guides and
tutorials, and library search and discovery tools.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
•       Merging physical and digital library UX
•       Use of technology in planning of library service points
•       Models for library UCD website development
•       Analysis of reference-source material online interfaces
•       Assessing library user experience
•       Library user interfaces and usability studies
•       Case studies of library UX and UCD projects
•       Innovative digital reference services
•       Digital tools for planning UX
Submit completed manuscripts by September 15, 2013.

See the journal website for author instructions and submission guidelines:

Please address all questions to the editor, Jason Sokoloff, at

Jason Sokoloff
Editor, Internet Reference Services Quarterly

Workshop- Learning to Preserve Valuable Collections Using Basic Enclosures

Preservation Workshop Sponsored by The Ohio Preservation Council:
Learning to Preserve Valuable Collections Using Basic Enclosures
Friday, October 11th, 2013 10:00am -3:30pm
Ohio University – Athens, Ohio
Taught by Miriam Nelson, Head of Preservation, Ohio University Libraries
Registration: $35
Properly constructed, the most basic enclosures can provide multifaceted protection from many of the threats to your collections. Enclosures provide protection against a fluctuating environment and the damaging effects of UV light; they create protective support during storage and transportation; with good design enclosures can encourage safe handling of fragile collections. Participants in this introductory level workshop will learn to construct 3 types of custom enclosures all of which can be reproduced with minimal equipment, tools and space. We will also discuss the preservation principles that will allow you to select material in the context of your institution. No previous experience necessary.
Participants who complete this introductory workshop will have the competency to create basic protective enclosures for a wide range of paper-based materials (books, pamphlets and papers).  Participants will be a given a list of supplies and sources to acquire the needed tools and supplies to institute their own enclosure-making programs.
To register, follow the instruction here:

Ed Vermue
Chair, Ohio Preservation Council

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

FREE online classes - Caring for Yesterday’s Treasures—Today

Registration is now open for three new online courses in the Caring for Yesterday’s Treasures—Today series. The series, launched in January 2013, offers free online courses focused on the preservation of archival and historical collections. Tailored to fit the needs and schedules of staff and volunteers at libraries and archives, each course includes four to six 90-minute, interactive webinars presented by preservation experts.
Registration is free. Simply click here to sign up. If you’ve participated in a previous course, please register with us again. You do not need to become a member of the Online Community to participateyou will never need a username or password.
Course Schedule:
Fundraising for Collections Care – September 23, 25 and October 1, 3 (2-3:30 p.m. EDT)
Caring for Audiovisual Materials – October 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 from (2-3:30 p.m. EDT)
Outreach Activities for Collections Care – November 4, 6, 12, 14 from (2-3:30 p.m. EST)
Participants will earn a certificate of completion if they attend all the webinars in a course and submit simple homework assignments. Courses are conducted here on the Connecting to Collections Online Community. Participants are encouraged to submit specific questions about collections care to ensure that the courses are directly relevant to their needs.

Online Conference – Preservation: Back to Basics

Amigos Library Services Presents Online Conference –
Preservation: Back to Basics

DALLAS, TX, August 19, 2013 – Amigos Library Services will present a one-day online conference Preservation: Back to Basics  Thursday, September 19.  The conference will cover a variety of topics, including in-house book and paper repair, emergency preparedness and disaster planning, preservation of analog and digital photos, audio cassette reformatting, and much more.

“We have been getting more calls about basic preservation issues, so we wanted to meet that need,” said Gina Minks, Imaging and Preservation Manager. Minks says that preservation is often a low priority and in the current economy many people are being asked to do an array of preservation tasks without having any training. With over 15 sessions offered, the “Back to Basics” online conference hopes to help fill some of those knowledge gaps.

Among the scheduled sessions are:

·         Working with Qualified Vendors to Preserve Analog Video, presented by Kimberley Tarr of New York University and Peter Oleksik of The Museum of Modern Art
·         Getting Started with Standard Audio Cassette Reformatting, presented by Anna Lamphear of University of Texas Libraries
·         Care and Identification of Photographs, presented by Jessica Phillips of University of North Texas
·         Disasters on a Budget: What You Can Do Now to Make Recovery Easier, presented by Susan Knoer of Master Plans, Inc.

Visit the conference webpage for the complete conference information, including schedule and registration.  Early bird registration ends September 6, 2013.  If you are unable to attend, recorded sessions are available at a nominal fee.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Workshop - PRESERVATION 101: Preservation Basics for Analog and Digital Collections

PRESERVATION 101: Preservation Basics for Analog and Digital Collections
The Live Online, Instructor-led Course - Revised and Updated for 2013

COURSE DATES: September 10, 2013 - February 4, 2014
COST: $650
THE INSTRUCTOR-LED PRESERVATION 101 course gives participants the foundation needed to be effective collections stewards. Revised and updated for the 2013-14 session, the course consists of 10 live webinars and uses the free online version of Preservation 101 as its textbook, adding expanded resources and assignments, interactive discussions, and brand new content covering audiovisual and digital formats and digital preservation.
Participants receive a certificate of completion. Eligible Certified Archivists (CAs)  earn 15 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) through The Academy of Certified Archivists.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Meaningful Use: Libraries connecting patrons to ACA resources (Free Webinar)

Meaningful Use: Libraries connecting patrons to ACA resources (Free Webinar)
The following is a free webinar being offered by WebJunction. This session has limited space so please register quickly if interested.
As libraries look ahead to the October 1 open enrollment date for the health insurance marketplace, there is an abundance of information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and many opportunities for public libraries. One of the key roles that libraries can play is to maintain an awareness of available resources in your area, and develop an approach for connecting patrons to those resources in the way that makes the most sense for your community.
Please join this interactive session, where we will discuss strategies for libraries to identify ACA resources, hear from libraries that are working to prepare for patron requests, and obtain key policy and resource updates from ACA experts.
Presenters include:
  • Susan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Susie Butler, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Evan Gallagher, ZeroDivide
  • Carmen Patlan and Tatiana Alonso, Waukegan Public Library
  • Lissa Staley, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
If you cannot attend this live session, a recorded archive will be available to view at your convenience. Please sign up here if you'd like to receive notifications about this project, including when the archive is available.
Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Start time: 1:00pm Eastern / 10:00am Pacific
Tweet: #wjwebinar #libs4health
Registration: Please visit WebJunction to register for this event.

FREE webinar series - “So you’re thinking of upgrading your ILS”

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Save the date!
Are your curious to find out how different libraries (academic, public and special) have made the switch to a new ILS? If so, please attend the California Academic and Research Library Association’s (CARL) webinar series “So you’re thinking of upgrading your ILS”.

The series of free webinars will be on Wednesday, October 9 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pacific Time and Wednesday, October 16 from 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The first webinar will include panelists that have switched to proprietary ILSs and the second will include panelists that have switched to open source ILSs.

The three Panelists for Wednesday October 9 are
  • Pearl Ly, Interim Assistant Dean, Library Services, Pasadena City College. PCC switched from ExLibris’s Voyager to OCLC Worldshare
  • Dana M. Miller, Head of Metadata and Cataloging, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, University of Nevada Reno,  UNR upgraded from Innovative’s Millennium to Sierra
  • Jennifer D. Ware, Acquisitions Librarian, California State University, Sacramento, CSUS switched from Innovative’s Millennium to ExLibris’s Alma

The four Panelists for Wednesday October 16 are
  • Rogan Hamby, Managers Headquarters Library and Reference Services, York County Library Systems, South Carolina; Operations Manager, SCLENDS, a 19 library consortium, migration project manager. Most libraries switched from Horizon, TLC and Unicorn to Evergreen
  • Janel Kinlaw, Broadcast Librarian, National Public Radio, NPR’s Library upgraded from Techlib to Collective Access
  • George Williams, Access Services Manager, Latah County Library District, Idaho, their 52 library consortium switched from ExLibris’s Voyager to Koha.
  • Merrillene Wood, Interim Library Director, Western Nebraska Community College, WNCC switched from Follett Destiny as an individual entity to a statewide KOHA consortium (Pioneer)

Information on how to register for this series will be sent out in September!

Christina Salazar
Systems Librarian
John Spoor Broome Library
California State University, Channel Islands
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Workshop - Care and Identification of Photographs (from daguerreotypes to digital)

Care and Identification of Photographs (from daguerreotypes to digital)

October 15-18, 2013: Los Angeles, CA (Huntington Library)
Location: This workshop will be hosted by the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (San Marino, CA)


The final workshop of the year will be in Louisiana!
December 3-6, 2013: New Orleans, LA (The Historic New Orleans Collection)

What are the defining characteristics of individual photographic processes?
How does environment affect the lives of photographic objects? In this 4-day
intensive workshop, you will develop identification skills and knowledge
about fine art and historic photographic processes, from the daguerreotype
to digital prints. This workshop is intended for curators, collectors,
archivists, collection managers, and anyone who studies or appreciates
photographic prints.

Using handheld 60x microscopes and a large set of photographic and
photomechanical samples, you will learn how a variety of processes were
created, why they look the way they do, and how they deteriorate. Group ID
sessions, using a digital microscope and screen projection, will allow
participants to practice their identification skills in a guided setting.
Preservation topics include enclosures, handling guidelines, environmental
monitoring, the effects of temperature and relative humidity on collections,
and the importance of cold storage for certain photographic materials.

Over 30 different processes are studied in great detail, from how
daguerreotypes are made and how they are best preserved, to how long-lasting
inkjet prints are created, and how to preserve and store color photographic
materials and cellulose nitrate and cellulose acetate-based photographic

Registration Includes:
• 4-day workshop
• 240-page color notebook
• 60x LED handheld microscope
• OPTIONAL: Basic Photographic Sample Set

The registration fee for this 4-day workshop is $795 (STUDENT PRICE $645)
and includes a handheld microscope and a workshop notebook with lecture
handouts, Quick ID Sheets for each process, and a selection of readings on
photograph preservation. The Basic Photographic Sample Set, consisting of
18 identified photographic and photomechanical processes, is available with
registration for $75. Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, the number
of participants will be limited to 14.

The Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), a certifying organization of
professional archivists, will award 15 Archival Recertification Credits
(ARCs) to eligible Certified Archivists (CAs) attending this workshop.

The American Society of Appraisers and the International Society of
Appraisers will award 24 reaccreditation hours/professional development
credits for qualified appraisers attending this workshop.

For more information, please contact the instructor:

Gawain Weaver
Photograph Conservator
tel 415.446.9138
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Workshop - Risk Management and Disaster Recovery

Jeanne Drewes, Chief of Binding and Collections Care at the Library of Congress will present a two day Risk Management and Disaster Recovery workshop in Lansing, Michigan on Sept. 10 and Nov. 8

On September 10 participants will tour the host facility, the Delta Township District Library, with Drewes as tour guide identifying strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to better prepare against disaster. A workshop will follow with participants engaging in hands-on recovery techniques. The day will conclude with an informational session on developing a disaster plan.

Between September 10 and next session participants will work on their plans. On November 8 the group will reconvene to discuss, ask questions and finalize their individual plans under the guidance of Drewes. In addition property insurance will be addressed. 

More information on registering is available at

Internship - College

Library Graduate Assistant Internship (Paid)

Institution name: 
Gateway Community & Technical College
Library type: 
Introductory Information: 
Gateway Community and Technical College provides high quality, affordable, accessible, and inclusive postsecondary education and training resulting in a positive contribution to the economic vitality of the region and enhanced quality of life for all citizens. Partnerships with school districts, colleges, universities, business and industry, and the community at large are part of our seamless system of entrepreneurial-learning which creates pathways to success through certificate, diploma, associate degree and transfer programs; developmental, adult, and continuing education; workforce and customized training; support services for the enhancement of student learning and success. Gateway Community and Technical College is a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and is a public two-year degree granting institution serving the Northern Kentucky Region.
: Assists and instruct patrons in using and learning to independently access library databases, printer, scanners, optical reader, copier; Performs inventory of materials at library; Makes ID cards for students, staff and faculty and keeps records for all IDs; Maintains Reference collection, collection on reserve, magazines, mailbox, archives, bulletin board, and circulating paperbacks; Assist with requesting NKU books, courier and library holds; Assist with special projects; Contact person for overdue materials from NKU; Others duties as assigned.
: Successful completion of a core, graduate-level information sources and services course; excellent oral and written communication skills; a commitment to the educational role of academic reference faculty; an ability to work well with library users with varying levels of information literacy experience and skills; ability to work in collaborative relationships with a variety of library faculty, staff, and other graduate, and student assistants. Applicants should currently be enrolled in an MLIS/MLS program at an accredited university. Some on-the-job training will be provided, specifically for each campus, but applicants should have a general understanding of library principals. The successful candidate will report to the Interim Director of the Library and Information Services.
Salary and Benefits: 
The Library Graduate Assistant will be a paid position of 20 hours a week at a rate of $11 an hour. Work schedules vary to accommodate needs of both the library graduate student’s schedule and that of the library. No work assignments will be made during College holidays.
To apply, please send a resume and a letter of interest to Kathy Driggers (
Fri, 09/06/2013



FREE DISASTER PLANNING WEBINAR – September 17 at 2 pm eastern (2-hour)
This live webinar takes participants through the steps for compiling a disaster plan for collections, including risk assessment, response, and recovery resources. (FREE - Sponsored by Polygon)

Monday, August 5, 2013

CFP - Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture

Call for Papers

Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association

Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture

The Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association annual conference will be held April 16-19, 2014, at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago Illinois. Scholars from a wide variety of disciplines will meet to share their Popular Culture research and interests.

The Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture area is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Popular Culture as it pertains to libraries, archives, museums, or research. Possible topics include descriptions of research collections or exhibits, studies of popular images of libraries or librarians, relevant analyses of social networking or web resources, Popular Culture in library education, the future of libraries and librarians, or reports on developments in technical services for collecting/preserving Popular Culture materials. Papers from graduate students are welcome.

Prospective presenters should enter their proposals in the PCA/ACA 2014 Event Management database at

The deadline is November 1, 2013.

Please direct any queries to the Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Popular Culture area chair:

Allen Ellis
Professor of Library Services
W. Frank Steely Library
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY  41099-6101

Conference - Book and Paper Group

Please join us May 28-May 31, 2014 for the Book and Paper Group (BPG) session of the 42nd American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, which will include formal presentations, an Art on Paper Discussion Group, a Library Collections Conservation Discussion Group, another engaging tips session,  the BPG business meeting, and an evening reception.

BPG welcomes abstracts related, but not limited, to the overall 2014 AIC meeting theme, “Conscientious Conservation – Sustainable Choices in Collection Care.” Abstracts for the BPG session addressing any and all aspects of the conservation of archival materials, art on paper, bound volumes, manuscripts, and similar materials will be considered.   Please see the AIC website  for more details.

The 2014 theme encompasses many areas for exploration during the BPG session, such as: the impact of environmental sustainability on decision making; the increasing role of preventive conservation; the effects of architectural design on preservation needs; new developments in collections care and housing; new treatment techniques that improve on traditional methods; and the impact of digitization efforts on conservation activities.

Abstracts for formal presentations in the BPG session may be submitted by current BPG members, other Specialty Group members, and related professionals. Presentations will be 20-25 minutes in length with a standard 5-10 minute question-and-answer period. Please note that speakers are not compensated and must register for the meeting (single day registration is available).

BPG will continue to follow the AIC system, which allows authors to prioritize their application to participate in one of the three session types: All-Attendee (General), Specialty Group, or Poster. If you would like to submit an abstract to BPG you must identify the Book and Paper Group session as one of your choices.

Abstracts may be submitted until Friday September 13, 2013 to Ruth Seyler, AIC Membership and Meetings Director, at Applicants should follow all abstract submission guidelines on the AIC website.

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Emily Rainwater
Program Chair, AIC Book and Paper Group
State Archives of North Carolina
Department of Cultural Resources
4614 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4614