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

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.


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 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

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.


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Job Opening: Columbia University

eJournal Preservation Librarian
Temporary Appointment
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

The Columbia University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of eJournal Preservation Librarian. This is a temporary grant-funded position ending on or about April 30, 2015 (with the possibility of extension) created to review titles within the 2CUL holdings that do not have adequate preservation plans. The goal of the position is to expand the number and extent of e-journal preservation coverage by supplying tested preservation strategies to selected categories of selected e-journals. Reporting to the Director of the Continuing & Electronic Resources Management division (CERM), the incumbent will be responsible for:

Working with preservation agencies such as CLOCKSS, LOCKSS, and Portico and with the producers and distributors of eJournals (including publishers, aggregators, professional societies, and academic departments) to secure preservation agreements for selected titles held by Columbia University Libraries and Cornell University Libraries.

Providing a detailed analysis of the full set of un-preserved e-journals held by Columbia and Cornell, characterizing the different types of content, methods of publication and dissemination, and providing an initial assessment of importance for preservation.

Reviewing license agreements and terms, requiring knowledge of Electronic Resource licensing terms and contract/license language for copyright, fair use, and perpetual access with vendors; Examining archiving provisions (or lack thereof) in Columbia’s and Cornell’s current e-journal licenses and proposing additional or modified language drawn from model license terms appropriate to each type of publication.

Working to streamline the workflow for the preservation of electronic resources, specifically eJournals; Working towards appropriate solutions in an ever-changing situation; Developing appropriate methods of analysis for problem solving; Ensuring documentation of current procedures; Developing and using statistical and other management reports.

Serving on the project advisory team and providing overall project planning and coordination.

Assisting in preparing issue briefs and white papers based on experience and findings of the project to encourage community discussion of issues relating to eJournal preservation; Participating in consultation with the BorrowDirect Collection Development group in review of publication categories and priorities and reporting on project activities and findings at professional meetings and conferences.

Staying abreast of developments and changes in the eJournals preservation area, providing guidance and outreach to the parties involved, and informing them of new and enhanced products and services.

Performing other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

- MLS or equivalent

- Experience working with eJournals

- Experience with reviewing and identifying issues with license agreements for electronic resources

- Ability to work with varied user groups and to function effectively in a team environment and in a complex and culturally diverse organization

- Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal, oral and written communication and training skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

- 2 or more years of academic library experience

- Experience working with Library vendors

- Knowledge of the complex, ever-changing electronic publishing environment and scholarly communications issues

- Knowledge of preservation practices for electronic journals

- Knowledge of publishers and publishing


Joyce G. McDonough             tel: 212.854.4764
Director, Continuing & Electronic Resources Management
Columbia University Libraries  fax:    212.854.5167
535 West 114th Street
New York, NY  10027            email:

Madeline Kelly Wins Jan Merrill-Oldham Grant

From the PADG listserv, 2/5/2014:

Madeline Kelly is the 2014 recipient of the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Travel Grant. The grant, consisting of a $1,250 cash award donated by the Library Binding Institute, will support Madeline’s attendance at ALA Annual in Las Vegas. The grant is awarded by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Preservation and Reformatting Section to provide librarians and para-professionals new to the preservation field with the opportunity to attend the ALA Annual Conference and to encourage professional development through active participation at the national level.

Madeline received her MLIS from Simmons College in 2012. She currently works as Collection Development Support Specialist at George Mason University, where she has been proactively growing her preservation knowledge while increasingly taking on preservation responsibilities. Madeline looks forward to connecting with the ALA preservation community in support of her professional development and her efforts to help George Mason University develop their preservation program.

The award citation will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the ALA Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 28, 5:30-7:00 pm.

Job Opening: Head of Preservation, Stanford

Head of Preservation Department, Stanford University Libraries

We have edited this posting for length. For a complete job description and to apply, see their website.

The Head of Preservation takes a lead role in collection life-cycle management, documenting and resolving preservation issues as general and special collections are considered, acquired, processed, reformatted, used, and stored.  The Head is responsible for investigation of new strategies and technologies to address challenges to long-term preservation and access.  This assessment and consultation role includes responsibility for coordination with curators, subject specialists, facilities staff, and technical staff.

Stanford follows national preservation practices, which evolve with the shifting needs presented by new library material types as well as by emerging technology solutions.  The Department Head plays a visible role for Stanford in national review of proposed new practices, and ultimately must assess their impact on local resources.

  • Provide leadership across SUL to assure long-term access to the full breadth of collection materials.
  • Develop and manage the programs and activities of the Preservation Department:  conservation services,preventative preservation, commercial binding, end-processing, and reformatting paper-based materials.  Manage and motivate staff of 13 fte in two supervised units with a budget of $1.3 million.
  • Coordinate SUL’s preservation mission with the Libraries’ collections programs, including strong cooperation with and support for Special Collections.
  • Collaborate closely with Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) regarding standards and processes related to their responsibility for preservation of digital and media resources. Actively champion effective overlap between analog and digital preservation policies, workflows,staff, and priorities.
  • Lead SUL collection disaster planning, preparedness and response, including insuring appropriate revisions and updates to the Collections Emergency Response Manual .
  • Identify potential sources of grant funding for preservation projects and write grant proposals.  Negotiate with vendors for services and partnership deals.
  • Minimum of 4 years in a related preservation field.
  • Minimum 3 years supervisory experience.
  • Experience with a wide range of preservation principles and practices; management principles and techniques; library physical environments, programs, workflows, and procedures.
  • Interest in current and emerging activities in materials science and scientific research in conservation of modern media.

Anne Kenney wins Atkinson Memorial Award

From the ALA newsroom:

CHICAGO — Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University, has been named the 2014 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Kenney will receive a cash award and citation during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

“The nomination for Anne R. Kenney presented the committee with an extraordinary tour of innovative achievements and service to the profession,” said Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award committee chair and director at Design Think Do. “Anne’s leadership on significant projects, such as 2CUL, arXiv, Project Euclid and Making of America;her influential work on large-scale digitization and digital preservation standards and her global contributions in Myanmar, Cuba, China and beyond demonstrates her outstanding creativity, agility, risk-taking and collaborative spirit.”

KenneyAnne2-12“Anne’s peers describe her as a ‘fearless visionary,’ ‘a thoughtful, intellectual leader’ and a ‘digital library pioneer;’ noting that ‘Hugh Atkinson himself would be proud’ to call her a colleague,” continued Thomas. “Several colleagues who knew Hugh Atkinson shared examples of how ‘Anne Kenney brings Hugh’s spirit of technology-harnessing, tradition-busting leadership – with an additional dash of adventure as well.’ She inspires and generates enthusiasm for new programs and strategies and thrives to bring individuals together around a shared purpose.”

Kenney received her B.A. from Duke University, cum laude, her M.A. in History, with distinction, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her M.A.L.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The Hugh C. Atkinson Award is jointly sponsored by four divisions of the American Library Association: the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). The award is funded from an endowment established to honor Hugh C. Atkinson.

Tom Clareson Wins Cunha/Swartzburg Award

From the ALA newsroom:

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services’ (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section Committee for the Hollinger Metal Edge sponsored George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award has selected Thomas F. R. Clareson as the 2014 recipient. The award will be presented on Saturday, June 28, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Tom ClaresonMr. Clareson has served as the LYRASIS Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services since 2009.  Previous to his time at LYRASIS, he was the Program Director for New Initiatives for PALINET, and the Imaging and Preservation Services Manager for Amigos Library Services.  In addition to his work as a preservation consultant, he has taught preservation courses at the University of Texas, University of California Los Angeles, and Kent State University graduate Library school programs as well as countless continuing education courses on preservation topics through Amigos, OCLC, PALINET, LYRASIS, the American Library Association, SAA, and AASLH.

As a leader in the field of preservation, Mr. Clareson has served as an advocate for collaborative preservation through nationally renowned efforts. These efforts include working with the Heritage Preservation Alliance for Response Program where he was a crucial advocate since its inception in 2003; the Institute for Museums and Libraries Connecting to Collections Program in which he worked on 17 planning grants and six statewide implementation grants all created for the purposes of collaborative preservation; the California Preservation Program (CPP) in which he served as the lead facilitator and organizer during the development stages.  Mr. Clareson is also seen as a “cross pollinator” where he brings institutions and organizations together to share experiences and knowledge. In addition, Mr. Clareson has been an active member of PARS for a number of years and has served as chair of various committees, taskforces, and elected positions. 

Established in 2007, the award honors the memory of George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg, early leaders in cooperative preservation programming and strong advocates for collaboration in the field of preservation. The award acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats.


Demonstrating disaster recovery techniques at the New Jersey State Archives.

Demonstrating disaster recovery techniques at the New Jersey State Archives.


Mizzou Seeking Donations To Recover From Mold Outbreak

As many of you have heard the University of Missouri has suffered a large mold outbreak in their offsite facility. They have set up a fundraising campaign to help raise the necessary money to treat or replace the affected collections.

“In October 2013, mold was discovered growing on books and bound journal volumes throughout the University of Missouri System’s secondary offsite facility, UMLD2. This facility holds approximately 600,000 volumes that belong to the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. To assist with MU Libraries’ response to the mold bloom, we have established this fund. Your gift will be used to treat, relocate and in some cases, replace items impacted by mold. Our goal is to ensure that MU Libraries’ ability to serve the needs of our users is not compromised by this sad event. A gift of any amount is greatly appreciated!”

To read more see Missouri’s donation page. The University has also put up an FAQ page with more information. Please share broadly on all your social media platforms.


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