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ALA Midwinter!

It's a Material World

We’re in Boston for ALA Midwinter this weekend. There have been many great sessions and moments, from the tango dancing ode to Barclay Ogden at the Banks / Harris reception to the all too short Q&A period for the young Ithaka dudes who wrote “What to Withdraw” at PAIG to Dean Andrew Dillon joining in a discussion about the decision to end the Preservation and Conservation certificates in the iSchool at the University of Texas. [Update 01/20/2010: With the recent implementation of its new website, the iSchool has posted a revised announcement “Curriculum Revision and the CAS.”]

Sitting in the Curators and Conservators Discussion Group right now (with the rare free hotel wireless signal – thanks, Sheraton Back Bay!), I can report that Michele Cloonan is leading a great discussion on the post-UT landscape for preservation / conservation education (“Is there life for conservation after Texas?”) and the changing role of the conservation / curatorial relationship in various organizations. Michele shared a great recent (and free!) publication that I look forward to reading: It’s a Materials World: Caring for the Public Realm by Samuel Jones and John Holden (Demos Publications, 2008).

PCAN encourages you who attended ALA Midwinter, as well as those of you who could not make it but want to know more about the haps, to continue and evolve the discussion online. This is an exciting, frightening, pivotal moment for preservation and conservation — in the library and archives realms especially — and we can inform our future collectively. Please contact us to post your reactions and ideas, or simply to share information or resources you’ve recently discovered.


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