Archive for January, 2008

Tutorial: Bookbinding with Google Books

January 27, 2008
Google Book

Photo by Flickr User jimbarter

NOTE: Previously, I stated that you could only do Google Bookbinding with Adobe Acrobat Professional.  I have since realized that this is a fallacy – you can do most of the tutorial with just the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.  But, by using Acrobat Reader, you will NOT be able to delete or otherwise modify pages in your Google Book. So, due to popular demand, I have written up a tutorial about how to print out Google Books for bookbinding purposes. I like to call it Google Bookbinding.  For one thing, there are many old and out of print books about bookbinding available on Google Book Search. Printing them out in this way saves paper and allows for a more authentic reading experience.For this tutorial, you will need either Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 OR Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional. Current iSchool students can find it in the IT Lab, as well as the Resource Room and labs in the Kilgarlin center.

So, without further ado, click here to download the Google Bookbinding Tutorial .


Peter Callesen's Paper Art

January 15, 2008

As some readers have pointed out, these are actually the work of  artist Peter Callesen.  Please check out his website for more examples! 

I know I am not alone in my geekiness when I admit that, after my initial response of “oooh,” my second thought was, “hmm… what are some of the conservation challenges that these pieces would present, and what would be the best way to tackle them?” Thoughts?


Isn't Google Going to Make Your Job Obsolete?

January 8, 2008

Opus 12-30-07

What's in a name?:how to convey the idea that you preserve books and paper, not whales (though whales are nice too)

January 3, 2008

If you haven’t already, go read Beth Heller’s latest blog entry.  A short snippet to get the gist:

My question to you: how do you describe your profession to a stranger, when you have about 5 seconds to get it across? Do you say “I’m a conservator”? The response to that, it seems, is “…like you save the environment?” I tend to say “I fix art and historic documents”, and leave the word “conservator for later in the conversation. That don’t seem right, PR-wise, but it communicates the essentials quickly. It does leave something to be desired in expressing the intricacy, extensive training and education, the professionalism required.Ideas, anyone? 


Also, there was a brief but interesting article in the NY Times today about how people project themselves online.   I think the internet can/could be a very useful tool to promote a greater awareness about conservation, and library conservation in particular – but as always, we must be aware of the potential pitfalls of using new resources like blogs, social networking sites and even online photo services like Flickr and Picasaweb.  In other words, Kilgarlinites, you must always use this blog for good, not evil.  🙂