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Recent announcements

Sorry to be MIA the past few weeks…life gets busy. You know how it is. I’m posting some announcements of late. Stop me if you’ve heard this already (taken directly from publicized announcements).


The Pennsylvania Project Conference: The Pennsylvania Study: Research into Optimal Environment Conditions for Paper-Based Collections

September 16, 2010

State Library of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

9:00 – 4:00 PM EST

Don’t miss this opportunity interact with the experts behind this landmark analysis, while also learning how to protect your rare and special collections.  Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the new Rare Collections Library facility. Registration is suggested as spaces are limited.


A new specification for environmental conditions for cultural collections in the UK is being developed by BSI with sponsorship from Collections Trust; CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales, a division of the Welsh Assembly Government; The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and The National Archives. The Publicly Available Specification (PAS) will be called PAS 198 and is scheduled for publication in May 2011.

PAS 198 Specification for environmental conditions for cultural collections will provide a set of requirements for the environmental conditions in which archive, library and museum collections should be stored and displayed. The overriding aim is to help minimize the damage to items caused by inappropriate environmental conditions. It is intended that the PAS will achieve this by providing a framework for risk-based decision making that allows collecting organizations to identify and implement controls that are tailored to the needs of particular collections and buildings.

PAS 198 will complement other work in progress in related areas, in
particular the review of BS 5454:2000, a standard for the storage
and exhibition of archival documents, and the forthcoming
development of a new European standard for the protection of
heritage objects under the aegis of CEN, the European Committee for
Standardization. More information is available on the web.


“The Ancient Astronomers of Timbuktu: The Quest for Stars in the
Sand: Guiding us to Africa’s forgotten past.”

The documentary film reveals the work done by conservators and manuscript owners who face the daunting task of conserving the brittle and damaged manuscripts of Timbuktu before this valuable history is lost forever in the sands of the Sahara.

For additional information and conservation and research links see


The Ancient Astronomers of Timbuktu DVD is available with French and
Arabic sub titles and contains extra interview sections.

The DVD is available worldwide from
<URL:http://www.astronomersoftimbuktu.com> or


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