Wednesday, April 23, 2014

FREE workshops - NYU preservation

The Preservation Division and the Special Collections at New York University's Bobst Library are pleased to announce our participation in the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services' Preservation Week from April 27 - May 3, 2014. This year we will be hosting a number of exciting events including panels on audio preservation and special collections conservation, a discussion on preserving digital content, and a Preservation Division open house. All events will be held in Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY. The events are open to the public, however non-NYU attendees must register in advance for entry past the guard station. Please RSVP here: and consider spreading the word to any interested colleagues: Tuesday, April 29, 12-1 PM -- Avery Room East (2nd Floor) Library of Congress Webcast Join us for a webcast from the Library of Congress, which will cover these two topics: Conservation Treatment of a Persian manuscript, Shah Jahan Namah [Complete History of the Emperor, Shah Jahan] Know Your Preservation Storage Supply Options! How do I determine the best type of housing for my items/collections? How do I choose appropriate preservation housing supply materials? How do I go about getting preservation supplies? Presenter: Tessa Gadomski, the 2013-2014 Harper-Inglis Memorial Trust for Preservation Fellow in Book Conservation, Library of Congress Tuesday, April 29th 3-4 PM -- Room 1135 Saving Sound: Preserving NYU Libraries' Unique Audio Collections (Panel discussion) This session will focus on the wide array of social, cultural, and historic recorded sound documents held by NYU Libraries' Special Collections. The presenters will discuss the issues that threaten the long-term health and access to these recordings and the work underway in NYU’s Media Preservation Unit to save and provide access to these unique documents. Presenters: Brent Phillips, Media Specialist and Processing Archivist, The Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU Libraries; Kimberly Tarr, Media Preservation Unit Head, NYU Libraries; Ben Moskowitz, Media Lab Supervisor, NYU Libraries Wednesday, April 30, 11AM - 12:00PM -- Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department (Lower Level 2, east side) Open House Come learn more about how the Preservation Department serves NYU Libraries' general and special collections. Visit the Barbara Goldsmith Book and Paper Conservation Lab to see how we preserve paper-based library and archival materials, and stop by the Media Preservation Unit to see how we clean, repair, and digitize the library's media collections including film, video, and audio material. Wednesday, April 30, 2pm - 3pm -- Room 1135 Preserving Digital Content Through Disk Imaging (Discussion) Presenters: Don Mennerich, Digital Archivist, NYU LIbraries Thursday, May 1, 11 AM-12 PM -- Berol Room (3rd floor, west side) Panel discussion on Special Collections Conservation The panel will discuss the recent conservation of materials from the Fales Library & Special Collections. (No food or drink is permitted.) Speakers: Angela Andres, Special Collections Conservator; Lisa Darms, Senior Archivist, The Fales Library and Special Collections; Charlotte Priddle Librarian for Printed Books, The Fales Library and Special Collections Moderator: Laura McCann, Conservation Librarian, NYU Libraries Thursday, May 1, 1:30-2 PM -- Avery Room East (2nd Floor) Debate: MPLP vs Preservation Join us for a debate about the impact of More Processing Less Process on archives preservation and discussion of recent preventive conservation projects in the special collections. Speakers: Maureen Callahan, Librarian for Archival Collections Management, Tamiment Library and Wagner Labor Archives; Fletcher Durant, Preservation Archivist, NYU Libraries Thursday, May 1, 2pm - 3pm -- Avery Room East (2nd Floor) Webinar (ALA-ALCTS) on Preserving Scrapbooks This webinar will review the the common problems associated with long-term preservation of scrapbooks; how to identify problem materials in older scrapbooks and what to do about them; and how to identify the most stable materials and bindings for creating new scrapbooks. Examples of scrapbooks from the University Archives will be on display. Presenter: Melissa Tedone, Conservator, Iowa State University Library Monday-Friday 10 AM-5:30PM -- Tracey-Barry Gallery, 3rd Floor, Bobst Library Exhibition: GoNightclubbing Video Lounge The GoNightclubbing Video Lounge is a multimedia installation curated by Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong that reimagines the original Danceteria Video Lounge, which they designed in 1980. Pioneering the video DJ concept during the height of the punk rock era, Armstrong and Ivers anticipated YouTube, with its mix of seemingly random video clips that somehow make sense to the modern media sensibility. The Video Lounge, which was on the third floor of Danceteria—one of the most important clubs in downtown New York at the time—placed viewers in the familiar coziness of a living room setting, then challenged them with unfamiliar, non-commercial content. The programming is a mix of music performances recorded live by Ivers and Armstrong for their GoNightclubbing archive, the work of ‘70s downtown artists who had just begun exploring video as a form, and a miscellany of found footage that deconstructed accepted media iconography in an ironic way. Revisiting the GoNightclubbing Video Lounge in 2014 puts today’s viewers back on the sofas to watch content, sometimes with strangers, but in a public setting, disconnected from the isolating singularity of their computers. The GoNightclubbing Archive contains over 200 videotapes and was preserved as a joint project between the Fales Library, the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Department, and the Standby Program. The entire collection is available for viewing at Fales Library by appointment. Visitors from outside the NYU community are welcome, but will need to RSVP at the following form:

FREE webinars

NEDCC Offering FREE Webinars for Preservation Week Pass the Word ! ****************************************** REGISTER NOW FOR THESE FREE LIVE WEBINARS: Preserving Family Collections - April 30, 2-4 PM Eastern Beginner’s Guide to Digitizing Collections - May 1, 12:30 -1:30 Eastern VIEW THIS PREVIOUSLY RECORDED WEBINAR: Preserving Your Digital Life: Tips for Saving What’s Important FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER: LEARN MORE about Preservation Week:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SAA Scholarship

EDWARD WELDON SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY!!! Application Deadline May 9th, 2014 The Edward Weldon Scholarship will provide the registration fee for an SGA member to attend the Society of American Archivists (SAA) annual meeting. The Edward Weldon Scholarship was established in 2000, to recognize Ed’s leadership in furthering the preservation and access of Georgia’s historical records. He was instrumental in helping to establish the Society of Georgia Archivists and served as its first President. Directing the activities of the Georgia Department of Archives and History from 1982-2000, Ed was the first Georgian to serve as President of the Society of American Archivists. He was also the moving force behind the establishment of the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board, whose grants have helped to carry out many worthy initiatives. The scholarship covers only the amount of the early-bird registration fee, the recipient is responsible for covering any costs associated with travel and accommodations. Please note that the scholarship winner is responsible for submitting their SAA meeting registration by the early-bird registration deadline. After the SAA meeting, the recipient will submit their SAA registration receipt to the SGA Treasurer for reimbursement, as well as a brief article on the experience for use in the SGA Newsletter. Please see the SAA website for more information about the 2014 Conference. Eligibility Individuals eligible to compete for the scholarship must be members of SGA (as of February 1 of the current year) and residents of the State of Georgia. Preference will be given to applicants who do not have access to institutional support for attending the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting. To Apply: Scholarship Application (Microsoft Word or PDF) To apply for the Edward Weldon Scholarship, please complete and email the Scholarship Application with all required supplemental materials by May 9, 2014. Please note that the application must be RECEIVED by May 9, 2014 to qualify. For more information or questions, please contact:


CARING FOR YOUR OLD BOOKS Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:30-3:00 pm Media-Upper Providence Free Library 1 E Front St Media, PA 19063 This workshop, presented by Kimberly Peach, a preservation consultant with 10+ years experience working with cultural heritage collections, will begin with an information session covering proper care and handling of books at home, followed by some hands-on practice removing staples and paper clips, cleaning dirt, dust, mold, & soot, and making simple protective enclosures. Attendees are invited to bring one personal book for a preservation review. Registration is appreciated. Registration and inquiries can be directed to Brandi Grosso, Library Director at Kimberly Peach has an MLIS with a Certificate in Preservation Management, is currently archiving an independent film collection in Virginia, and serves on the Preservation Week Committee for the American Library Association.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

FREE webinars - preservation

Preservation Week is a presentation of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), and will be held April 27-May 3, 2014. Two free webinars will offered during that week: on April 29 affordable ways to preserve family keepsakes will be highlighted and on May 1, the session will cover the best ways to preserve scrapbooks. The webinars will each begin at 1 p.m. CDT and will last about one hour. Registration is required. To register and learn more go to ALCTS Events The webinars are: Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives (Tuesday, April 29). Presented by Karen E. K. Brown, preservation librarian for the University at Albany, SUNY University Libraries. What can we do to protect our collectables from damage even if we don't think we have a perfect place to keep them? Learn about possible risks from handling and the environment, and practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe to help ensure what you have can be shared for many years to come. ALCTS thanks Archival Products for sponsoring this webinar an supporting Preservation Week. Preserving Scrapbooks (Thursday, May 1). Presented by Melissa Tedone, conservator at Iowa State University Library. Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a diversity of materials. Learn about common problems with long-term preservation of scrapbooks and identify the most stable materials and bindings for new scrapbooks. ALCTS thanks Gaylord for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week.

Workshop - Humidification and Flattening Techniques for Documents

Ohio Preservation Council Workshop in Cincinnati May 9th, 2014 Humidification and Flattening Techniques for Documents Workshop description: Learn how to safely flatten rolled or folded collection materials so they can be more easily accessed and handled through use of three simple humidification and flattening techniques. The use of gentle humidification allows paper fibers to relax so they can be safely unrolled and manipulated to remove folds and creases. Flattening occurs when the humidified object is dried under tension or restraint. The drying technique presented in this workshop is one that is frequently used by conservators and preservation professionals and requires minimal setup. Presenter: Kathy Lechuga Book Conservator The Indiana Historical Society Cost: $35 for OPC members, $50 for non-members (includes lunch and parking) Registration Information: This event will take place at the Preservation Lab of the Langsam Library of the University of Cincinnati from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9th. The Preservation Lab is a collaborative lab jointly staffed, funded, and managed by the University of Cincinnati and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The Lab is located on the University of Cincinnati Campus inside Langsam Library at 2911 Woodside Drive at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Parking is available in the Woodside Garage, which is attached to Langsam Library.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Summer Digital Project Internship at Iowa State University

Through a generous grant from the Silos & Smokestacks Agricultural Heritage Internship Grant Program, the Special Collections and Preservation Departments of the Iowa State University Library are offering a summer internship. The Silos & Smokestacks Agricultural Heritage Internship is a paid, full-time, 10-week project position to develop a digital collection on Iowa State's early Extension movement and create content for an interpretive website. We will be accepting applications through Friday, April 18th. For more information, please visit our website:

Everglades National Park is seeking archives interns

The South Florida Collections Management Center (SFCMC) in Everglades National Park is seeking archives interns for summer 2014. We have several paid internship opportunities available. We also have several uncompensated positions, but have the ability to cover park housing expenses for those individuals. Please post and/or distribute the attached position announcement to any current students or recent graduates you believe may be interested in applying for our internship opportunities. Previous interns at the SFCMC have had the opportunity to obtain hands on experience with archive collections, and upon completion have accepted positions working in the archives field in the federal government, state governments and private institutions. We have collaborated with several universities in the past, and students have been able to apply their internship experience for credit hours according to university policies. Any questions may be directed to Bonnie Ciolino, Archivist at or 305-242-7804.

The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians

Take Risks, Embrace Change! The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians October 17, 2014 Call for Proposals Building on the success of previous conferences, the fourth “Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians” will explore how librarians exhibit entrepreneurship by taking risks and implementing change. The conference goal is twofold: to inspire entrepreneurial action among librarians and to create a community among those who do. This year the conference is collaborating with the Journal of Library Innovation which will publish selected conference papers in a theme issue. The conference will be held at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on the campus of Wake Forest University on October 17, 2014. It is sponsored by the libraries at Wake Forest University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The conference provides a mix of conference-wide sessions, contributed papers and posters. We seek presentations and posters from librarians and information professionals about projects related to the conference theme. Topics may include but are not limited to: · Innovative approaches that incorporate entrepreneurship · New program or solution that made a difference in your library or community · Initiatives that created a culture of change and risk taking · External forces that influenced the need or impetus for change · New programs with limited or dwindling funding · Measurement of outcomes that led to beneficial change · Assessment of needs and accomplishments Presentation Formats: Proposals are sought for two formats: · One-hour break-out sessions with 45 minutes for presenting and 15 minutes for Q&A. These may be panels or single presenters. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Proposals should indicate if the author intends to submit an article based on the presentation to the Journal of Library Innovation (, which is devoting a theme issue to the conferences. Because article submissions will be peer reviewed, presentation at the conference does not guarantee publication in the journal. · Poster sessions. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 50 words. Submit ( your proposal here! Presenters will be expected to register for the conference. Submission Deadline: Proposals will be accepted until April 15, 2014. Notification of decisions will be by May 30, 2014. For more information see the conference website ( or contact: Mary Scanlon Kathy Crowe

CFP - The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies

The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS) is now accepting submissions for its inaugural issue. This on-line journal provides an opportunity to polish that stellar paper from library school or develop that well-received conference presentation into an article within a refereed publication. Accepted submissions publish incrementally, which allows an author to quickly add a publication credit to their curriculum vitae. Visit the website to learn more about the journal’s mission and submission guidelines: Also, if you wish to volunteer as a peer reviewer, please contact the journal at with a curriculum vitae and a brief statement of your areas of interest and expertise. I am a member of the editorial board, and I believe that JCAS provides an opportunity for archivists -- especially visual materials specialists -- to reach a wide audience. I look forward to seeing the submissions! Matt Matthew Daniel Mason, Ph.D. Chair-Elect Visual Material Section, Society of American Archivists

Call for Proposals: Great Lakes E-Summit: Delivering Information vs. Collection Building

Call for Proposals: Great Lakes E-Summit: Delivering Information vs. Collection Building Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center, Oregon, OH, September 22-23, 2014 We are asking for your proposals for the fourth annual Great Lakes E-Resources Summit. Our theme this year is delivering information vs. collection building and we are inviting proposals for fifty minute sessions that address the following topics. 1) Just in Time Acquisitions - An in depth discussion of PDA, DDA, and other programs designed to deliver information to the user on demand rather than provide service using materials previously acquired by the library. We welcome proposals about your library’s PDA program, what has worked or what has not worked well, as well as more theoretical discussions of the costs and benefits of just in time information service for libraries. 2) Navigating the Marketplace for Electronic Resources – We welcome proposals regarding how your library controls or addresses costs for electronic resources. How have electronic resources changed the collection development policy or polices at your library? Is an allocation formula used for part or the library’s materials budget? How are freely available electronic resources included or not in your library’s collection/services? How does your library work with consortia to pursue discounts or find other ways to reduce the cost of electronic resources? 3) Analytics and Assessment of Electronic Resources – We welcome proposals regarding how your library uses data, including but not limited to usage statistics, to determine how to acquire electronic resources. How do you assess the value of your library’s electronic collection to the user? Who manages the assessment process of electronic resources in your library? We welcome proposals about specific tools, techniques, workflows, and organizational structures relevant to the data driven assessment of electronic resources. Please submit your proposal by May 2, 2014. Questions? For more information: Or you may also contact with questions.

FREE webinar - Diving Deep into Pictures at the Library of Congress

The American Society of Picture Professionals has launched a new educational Webinar series. So far it’s FREE. The first webinar was very interesting. David Riecks encouraged photographers to recognize the importance of metadata—the specific software choices as well as the principles to aim for with keywords and more. He gave a good look into what will coming into our archives! Still online at, Next week, I’m aiming to cover not only the Library of Congress holdings but also encourage the use of collections in all archives and libraries. The audience is a mixture of picture researchers and photographers. Please listen in, if you have time,