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: