Workshop: Photo Conservation for Book and Paper Conservators

From PADG, a post by Gawain Weaver that we wanted to pass along.

Photograph Conservation for Book and Paper Conservators

http://gawainweaver.com/dukeconservationworkshop/

October 14-17, 2014
Duke University Libraries
Durham, NC

Instructors: Gawain Weaver and Jennifer Olsen

Course Description

Libraries and archives collect more than books and manuscripts. Textiles, digital files and audio-visual materials are common in collections. Photographs are probably the most-represented media after paper-based objects, but their value is usually to the collection as a whole not as individual artist’s prints. Conservators working in libraries and archives are charged with their care, but often feel they don’t have the knowledge and skills to address basic conservation issues at the collection level. In this class, conservators will learn basic cleaning, stabilization, and repair techniques for 19th and 20th century photographic prints and negatives. While the focus will be on practical treatment skills, there will also be basic instruction about the history and composition of photographs, and housing and exhibit strategies.
Basic process identification will not be covered in depth. Though it is not a prerequisite, a Care and Identification of Photographs workshop is taught several times a year in the U.S. and internationally and provides a solid foundation for this more advanced course.

Format

4-day workshop, mix of lecture and hands-on instruction, 4-day schedule available on request

Who Should Attend

This class is taught at an intermediate to advanced level. Participants should have experience in book or paper conservation in evaluating condition, making treatment decisions, and performing intermediate to advanced level conservation treatments.

What’s Included

4-days of instruction, color workshop notebook, a variety of damaged photographic materials for workshop treatment and take home, 60x handheld microscope. Participants should bring their own tools though some will be provided.

How To Apply

Application deadline July 1st, responses sent by July 15th.

Send CV and a brief letter explaining your reasons for attending the workshop to workshops@gawainweaver.com. Mid-career experience level in book or paper conservation strongly preferred. Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis after the deadline if there is still space in the workshop. Workshop registration and materials fee of US$1500.00 payable upon acceptance.

Gawain Weaver
Photograph Conservator
San Francisco Bay Area
tel 415.446.9138

http://gawainweaver.com/

We ran this workshop last year for the first time at the Huntington Library. It went very well and we got a lot of positive feedback from participants. We’re running it again this year at Duke University with only minor modifications based on last year’s experience. Although it may run again in the future in the US there are no plans to do so at this time.

best,
Gawain

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In the News: Nov. 22, 1963: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Assassination of JFK

As we remember this fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, library and archival collections are providing vivid time capsules of that tragic event — and new ways to present those artifacts.

The University of Virginia Library is “live-tweeting” (@UVaDigServ #JFK50) a transcript of the broadcast wire from a United Press International teletype machine in Jacksonville Florida chronicling the shooting and death of President John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963.  Learn more about the recent donation of the teletype machine printout of wire reports received by UPI on Notes from Under Grounds: The Blog of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

And even though they don’t give quite enough credit to their archival sources, this Huffington Post story does a great job pulling together news footage, newspaper headlines, and wire posts that detail the frantic attempts to report the assassination.

The LBJ Library’s Nov. 22, 1963 Tragedy and Transition online exhibit features many digitized manuscripts and a/v recordings related to the event.  An a/v preservation colleague points out a particularly interesting recording:

Here is Lady Bird Johnson’s first diary recollection from November 22, 1963. She used her secretary’s son’s portable reel to reel and recorded over a music tape that was on the machine. Being a frugal person she used the batteries in the machine until they were dead. This caused the pitch of this recording to fluctuate over two octaves during each segment.

This segment was “re-pitched” over the past few years, sometimes syllable by syllable.

 

Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World? : Parallels : NPR

Back in 2003, that Baghdad basement was flooded, thanks to a U.S. military strike. Floating in the muck, according to Doris Hamburg of the National Archives, were scads of documents. Some are centuries old, others more recent. They chronicle Baghdad’s role as a center of Jewish life. There were holiday prayer books, sections of Torah scrolls, books on Jewish law, and Jewish community organizational documents.

Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World? : Parallels : NPR.

In the News: Nicholas Basbanes on the enduring importance of paper | WaPost

“On Paper,” Basbanes’s ninth book, was supported by a grant from the NEH. Although it was only published Oct. 14, the author noted proudly that it’s already gone into a second printing. Yes, on paper.

via Nicholas Basbanes on the enduring importance of paper.

Preservation Statistics Survey: FY2012 Report

Sixty-two institutions completed this pilot survey to document preservation activities in U.S. libraries, museums, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions.  Picking up the ball and moving it down the field from where the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) left off when the Preservation Statistics program was discontinued in 2007, the report examines how respondents are organizing and administering traditional and digital preservation programs and chronicles their preventive preservation (disaster planning, environmental monitoring, outreach and education), conservation, and reformatting / digitization activities.  Additionally, the report assesses trends in the preservation programs of academic and research libraries in the five year span between the last ARL Preservation Statistics Survey in 2007 to this pilot survey in 2012 based on the responses provided by the thirty-four Association of Research Library (ARL) members who participated in this pilot survey.  

Find the report — including links to the survey data — online as a Google Doc:
http://goo.gl/VxN8gj

Also find our temporary online home for the Preservation Statistics project (including helpful links to related preservation surveys and the latest news about the upcoming FY2013 Preservation Statistics Survey) at:
https://sites.google.com/site/preservationstatistics/

The FY2013 Preservation Statistics Survey will be released in January 2014 and open through March 2014.  The survey questionnaire will not change much from the pilot FY2012 survey; instead, the focus will be refinement of the Instructions and Definitions and improvements to the online survey form to create a better user experience.  Additionally, the FY2013 survey will likely be open only to U.S. libraries.  As a model of success is developed with ALA and the library community, plans include collaboration with SAA, AAM, and others to more broadly document and analyze cultural heritage preservation activities. 

 
Please contact the Preservation Statistics Survey team with any questions or feedback:

MIT Libraries Announces New Conservator

The MIT Libraries are delighted to announce that Jana Dambrogio will join our staff in September as the Thomas F. Peterson (1957) Conservator. In this role she will manage MIT’s special collections conservation program–planning and executing conservation treatments for the physical maintenance of rare books, archives, and manuscripts. She will also contribute to the Libraries’ overall preservation strategy. Dambrogio comes from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) where she has been a senior conservator since 2004. In addition to her work at NARA, she brings an impressive array of experience from consultancies, fellowships, and internships at other well-known national and international institutions.

See the MIT Libraries News blog for details.

Job Opportunities, Apply Now!

From the Conservation Distlist, instance 27:3. For more information, go directly to these institution’s job sites.

Senior Book Conservator
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seeks an experienced and talented Senior Book Conservator to expand its conservation program, first initiated in 2005. The Libraries has received a $1.25 million challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support this program and fund the position. The funding received from the Mellon Foundation includes $1 million in permanent endowment funds and $250,000 to establish the new position while the University Libraries raises matching funds for the endowment, which will support the position permanently.

Reporting to the Head of the Digitization and Preservation Department, the conservator will provide leadership for the conservation unit in item-level treatment of paper-based rare and special collection materials in consultation with curators, archivists, and collection managers. We seek a conservator with professional expertise in bound materials with additional expertise in related areas such as maps, prints, drawings, manuscripts on paper, photographs, and other library and archival materials.

This is a senior-level position requiring extensive professional experience, preferably in a research library environment. The Senior Book Conservator will be located at Penn State University Park in State College, PA, but will care for collections residing at all Libraries locations. The position will be filled either as a tenure-line or fixed-term faculty librarian position, depending upon the interests and qualifications of the successful candidate.

To Apply: Send a letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references to

Search Committee
The Pennsylvania State University
Box CONSR-AIC
511 Paterno Library
University Park PA 16802

Applications and nominations may also be sent to lap225 [at] psu__edu. Please reference Box CONSR-AIC in the email subject line.

Review of candidates will begin on June 28, 2013 and continue until
the position is filled.

 

The Mary R. and Elizabeth K. Raymond Conservator and Head of Conservation Services Stanford University Libraries

Stanford University Libraries Preservation Department is conducting a search to fill the position of Head of Conservation Services. Under the direction of the Head of the Preservation Department, the Head of Conservation Services plans, directs, and executes the daily activities of the unit, supporting the needs for both special and general collections across Stanford University Libraries (SUL).

The Head of Conservation Services will be responsible for redesigning protocols and workflows and for implementing technical tools to mitigate the operational complexities resulting from the September 1, 2013 move of the Unit seven miles from campus. The Head of Conservation Services is responsible for managing Conservation Services as it responds to campus teaching and research priorities.

Please apply online (Job # 10077808)

The position is a dual rank listing, and will be filled at the 3P2 or 3P3 level depending upon experience and education.

Contact for more information:

Kate Elena Contakos
Head, Preservation Department
Stanford University Libraries
650-391-3861

Lennox Foundation Internship: Get your apps in!

Iowa State University is accepting applications for the 2013 Lennox Foundation Preservation and Conservation Internship.  This twelve (12) week internship is intended to give current graduate students and recent graduates of preservation and/or conservation programs the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge of care and treatment of library and archives materials in an academic library.  Interns will learn about the overall functioning and organization of the Preservation Department and will undertake and complete a project based on their interests and skills, and the needs and capabilities of the Department.

 

Eligibility and requirements:

  • Applicants must currently be graduate students, in good standing, in a program of library and archives preservation administration or conservation; or a recent graduate of such a program;
  • Applicants must have completed at least four preservation or conservation courses before the anticipated start date of this internship;
  • Applicants must commit to 12 consecutive weeks of full-time employment as interns;
  • Internship must be completed within the calendar year;
  • At the end of the internship, the intern will be required to submit a final report or project;
  • Applicants must have student or working visas if not U.S. citizens.

 

The 2013 Lennox Foundation Internship provides a $3,200 stipend, travel expenses to and from Ames, and housing expenses.

 

For more information see:

http://parkslibrarypreservation.wordpress.com/lennox-foundation-internship/

 

To apply for the Lennox Foundation Preservation and Conservation Internship please submit the following items: cover letter; current resume; contact information for two professional references (include address, phone number and e-mail address); statement of interest (include projects of interest); graduate program description including requirements and course descriptions (indicate the classes you have completed).

 

Deadline for application is January 17, 2013

 

Submit these items to:

Melissa Tedone

Lennox Foundation Internship

Iowa State University

441 Parks Library

Ames, IA  50011-2140

 

Send electronic applications to:  tedone@iastate.edu

Call for Proposals: Preservation Administration Interest Group

The Preservation Administration Interest Group (PAIG) is seeking proposals for presentations at ALA Midwinter 2013, in Seattle, WA. PAIG will meet from 8:30-11:30 Saturday, January 26th.

All topics related to Preservation Administration are welcome, and presenters will be allotted 20-30 minutes.

If you are interested in presenting, please contact Annie Peterson or Roger Smith (epeters5@tulane.eduor ros001@ucsd.edu) by December 1, 2012, with a topic and brief description of your presentation.  

Cornell University Library: From Beijing to Ithaca, Extending the Lives of Vulnerable Books

Thanks to a $180,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Cornell University Library is beginning an internship program that will allow representatives from four libraries in China come to Ithaca to study with experts in our Department of Preservation and Conservation.

For more information, see the press release.

 

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