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.


Pre-Edison Audio Recording

June 30, 2008

Thought Thomas Edison was the first to record sound? Think again! Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have converted an 1860 French phonautogram (a visual representation of sound waves) into a digital sound file. Check out the NY Times article here , where you can listen to an mp3 of “Au Clair de la Lune.”

PSA: No French fries in the library!

April 26, 2008

Passive Aggressive Notes

Originally uploaded by Miss Martini

A library-themed gem from Passive Aggressive Notes.

Can finals be over yet?

Just Peachy

April 25, 2008

Check out Jeff Peachey‘s fledgling blog (at the urging of Brenna Campbell).

Amazing Pop-Up Book!

April 4, 2008

Check out this video of a really awesome pop-up alphabet book by Marion Bataille.  

This week(end) at the Kilgarlin Center

March 27, 2008

Don’t forget to join us for a Kilgarlin Center Forum this Friday at 4:30pm in the conference room (556) of the Sanchez Building.  Alums Tish Brewer and Shannon Phillips will be presenting a talk entitled, “Starting a Private Practice in Paper Conservation”.

 Also, if you haven’t already, it’s time to hit up the grocery store and create your entry for Saturday’s Edible Book Festival!  The festivities will take place on the front porch of the Collections Deposit Library.

Kilgarlin Forum for March 28

March 20, 2008

Kilgarlin Jazz Hands!Please come to the Kilgarlin Forum on Friday, March 28th to hear alums Tish Brewer and Shannon Phillips speak about their experience as conservators in private practice in Dallas.  In the meantime, check out their blog and their website!

Eat this book!

March 19, 2008

Spring is upon us, and once again it’s time for the EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL!Edible Book The festival will take place on March 29th, from 2-4pm at the Kilgarlin Center.  All entries need to be submitted by 1:45pm that day.  Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best in show
  • Wittiest
  • Tastiest
  • Best Book Structure
  • Least Appetizing 

More information can be had from the Edible Book Festival website.  Bon appétit!

Old Ways Bookmaking and Tool Workshops by Jim Croft

March 19, 2008

If you’re interested in learning how to make a historical wooden-board model from start to finish, then you can’t go wrong with Jim Croft’s intensive Old Ways class being held this summer.  The tool intensive workshop runs from June 24 – June 25, and the bookmaking workshop goes from June 26-July 11.  Here’s a list, taken from his website, of some of the things he’ll teach in the bookmaking class:

Toolmaking and sharpening:

Two Days

  • Elk & deer bone folders
  • Locally gathered & cured wood awls
  • Tool sharpening & maintenance
Fiber from stem to thread:

Two Days

  • Learn to process local, imported, sorted, sordid, and recycled hemp & flax
  • Also work with material taken from seed to thread and from fiber to rag or at least stalk to thread
  • Linen fire hose processing
  • Making lye from ash
  • Wood-fired lye cooking, retting, braking & scutching,
  • Hackling, spinning, plying & natural bleaching
  • Hand-cutting fiber

Three Days

  • Using hemp, flax, and cotton pulps
  • Comparisons and contrasts of the beater
  • Meeting the water-powered stamp mill
  • Gelatin tub sizing and wet gelatin pressing
  • Loft drying in spurs
  • Hand burnishing
Bookmaking with Wooden Boards and Clasps:

Five Days

  • Find, harvest, and cure your local woods and learn quarter splitting from the block
  • Sawing, hewing, and shaping by hand or take the easier route board shaping by machine
  • Sawn and planed boards will be cut to length and shaped with rasp, file, plane, hand drill, knife, etc.
  • Learn to tell if a piece of wood would or would not co-operate with your book
  • Plus, learn to form and fit the formerly commonplace, but now often neglected or even negated need for brass clasps

 Third-year students, Elizabeth Bittner and Brenna Campbell, took the class last summer.  Jim Croft visited us here in Austin last January for an amazing tool-making workshop.  Nothing compares to a bonefolder you’ve made yourself, to fit YOUR hand!  Bonefolders, another view...


February 25, 2008

Here are some useful links on interviewing.  It’s mostly good, common sense (alas, there is no Big Interview  Secret to Success), but it can certainly be helpful to review the finer points when prepping for an interview:

 Phone Interviews

How to Ask Good Questions in an Interview

Answering the Toughest Interview Question