What is PCAN

Preservation & Conservation Administration News (PCAN)

Back in the day we had two great print publications, Conservation Administration News and the Abbey Newsletter. Before the internet and social networking, these were THE publications for news and information related to library and archives preservation and conservation. Now through the use of the internet, discussion groups, blogs, wikis, etc., we have more ways to communicate than ever, but you still need to be tuned in to the right place at the right time and have the rights to view the content.

We have two great online discussion groups, Conservation On Line (hosted by AIC) and Preservation Administration Discussion Group (ALA-Preservation and Reformatting Section) where we can post quick “how to” questions. We also have print publications such as Library and Research and Technical Services and the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation where academic research is published. While these resources are very useful, there is no “hot spot” for other relevant content such as editorials, essays, book reviews, etc., especially as they relate to preservation and conservation program administration which is where CAN and Abbey proved their usefulness.

With a nod to these two venerable publications, we introduce a new experiment: Preservation & Conservation Administration News or PCAN. We invite you to share in the experience. What would make this site fun and useful for you? What online resources do you follow and want to share? What are the hot topics that you talk about with your colleagues in the bar after the conference meetings are done? Some things we think may be interesting:

  • Editorials
  • Essays
  • White papers
  • Book reviews
  • Conference reports
  • News
  • Videos (tours of your lab or recordings of your musings)
  • Links to preservation/conservation related social sites and web pages
  • Discussion boards (the things you don’t want to ask on CoOL or PADG)

So, here we are. We hope that PCAN will be successful but that will only happen if you find it interesting enough to participate. Please contact us if you have content to add or ideas for us to consider. We look forward to hearing from you!

PECAN Editors/Administrators
Beth Doyle, Collections Conservator
Holly Robertson, Conservation Administrator


September 2009

9 Responses

  1. Sorry for my delayed response but – YAY Beth and Holly! Congratulations on this new venture and your effort to fill an obvious gap in the pres/conservation conversation. I look forward to watching what develops, and I’ll try to do my part to help share in the experience.

  2. Congrat’s on launching this new project. I look forward to seeing it develop, I am sure it will soon become a valuable resource for the library & archive preservation/conservation community, and the wider preservation/conservation community as a whole.

    All the best of luck.



  3. Dear Holly and Beth,
    Thank you so much for creating PCAN. As one who has missed Abbey, I am delighted to see a new forum. And there is the potential to do so much with this medium than the Abbey Newsletter could do.
    Have you considered having editors/bloggers at-large to review new publications? international conferences? How about a multi-media reviewer? For example, it would be great if someone was interested in regularly trolling around YouTube and other sites to uncover conservation and preservation related “films.”
    In the meantime, I am enjoying the current content.


    • Great ideas Michele. We are happy to have guest posts on any of these fronts. We’ve asked around and had some success. If you, or someone you know, would like to write something for us, send us an email.

      On a side note, I’ve been collecting pres/cons videos from YouTube for a while and have them organized on my YouTube. There is a growing number of videos online now, some really good, some not.

  4. That PCAN masthead is almost as bad as the concertina guard sewing at the LC Preservation site.

  5. Um, at least we have a masthead. The interdependence between print and screen occasionally wants a visual.

  6. The line of rolls is visually better than the miss-sewn brittle book, but still a stretch to evoke print and screen interplay. Those rolls were used to make desk blotters and executive waste baskets.

    (I know how I would do this)

    • Gary, while similar rolls may have been used to decorate waste baskets, I found these in a conservation lab staffed by a very well known bookbinder. You can criticize our images all you like, but if you believe a masthead is for evoking the print and screen interplay, and know how you would do it, I suggest demonstrating that on your blog which cries out for any sort of design update.

  7. ..er, I looked around at Word Press themes but could figure out how to do it. I have never had an FotB mast head image and I am not sure about change.

    I like the tiles at AIC and the visual suggestion of preservation news at PCAN could be something like that. Typography would work in a line above or below. CoOL is also a classic.

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