Archive for July, 2008

ABC For Book Collectors

July 30, 2008

Through the good graces of Oak Knoll Books and the British Library, the full text of John Carter’s ABC For Book Collectors is now available as a free PDF.  It’s a great introduction to all the different parts of a book, and a reference I’ve used many times as a student.

Cover of ABC for Book Collectors

Cover of ABC for Book Collectors


Librarian video roundup!

July 16, 2008

At last!  Videos of this year’s ALA Book Cart Drill Team Championships are online!  This was one of the not-to-be-missed events of ALA…lucky me, I snagged a seat in the 2nd row and what a ride it was!

In first place were the “Well Stacked Sci-brarians” from the Santa Monica Public Library.

More videos after the jump…

Book secret

July 13, 2008

Image from the Postsecret blog.

John Frederick Peto, Painter of Book Carnage

July 10, 2008

During my recent trip to California for the ALA 2008 conference, I visited several of the museums in San Diego’s Balboa Park. One of my favorite paintings I saw that day was at the Timken Museum of Art – it was a work by John Frederick Peto, an American tromp l’oeil painter. Titled “In the Library”, the painting depicts a sad and sorry collection of ragged books. In fact, many of Peto’s paintings depict groups of abused tomes sorely in need of a conservator’s loving touch.  He is also fond of depicting paper ephemera and photographs mercilessly given the “bulletin board” treatment.

John Frederick Peto, "Take Your Choice"

John Frederick Peto, "Take Your Choice"

New from the NEDCC: Preservation Education Curriculum

July 10, 2008

[Photo by Flickr user wallyg used in accordance with a Creative Commons license]

I had the opportunity to sit in on a couple of preservation discussion groups at this year’s annual ALA conference. One of them was the “Preservation Instruction, Education and Outreach Discussion Group (PIEDOG)”, which was moderated by PIEDOG chair, Adrienne Bell. During the discussion, Lori Foley (Director of Field Service for the NEDCC) announced the launch of a new website devoted to providing a free resource for preservation education. The project was funded by the IMLS and will be composed of 13 three-hour courses, available for free from the Northeast Document Conservation Center’s website.

“For the first time, instructors at graduate schools of librarianship and archives can find lesson outlines, resources, activities, assignments, and images – all in one place.

Lesson plans cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Preservation
  • Context for the Cultural Record
  • Strucutre and Deterioration of Paper-based Materials
  • Structure and Deterioration of Multimedia Materials
  • Building-wide concerns
  • Collections Care
  • Survey and Assessments
  • Treatment Options
  • Preservation Reformatting
  • Creating Sustainable Digital Collections
  • Building a Preservation Program
  • Disaster Planning”

You can access the Preservation Education Curriculum from the NEDCC’s website. They also have a comprehensive “Preservation 101″ online course available.