Upcoming Conference: Significant Preservation: Inventories and Assessments for Strategic Planning

From the NCPC Press release:

Significant Preservation: Inventories and Assessments for Strategic Planning

North Carolina Preservation Consortium Annual Conference
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
November 7, 2014

Inventories and assessments of heritage collections and sites are vital for meaningful strategic planning that conveys the importance of allocating scarce resources for preservation programs. Establishing the significance of tangible heritage to the communities we serve is essential for prioritizing conservation, storage, exhibition, and emergency planning decisions to protect cultural treasures for present and future generations. This conference will help you influence organizational, political, and community leaders who have the authority to improve preservation funding. Register today for a valuable learning experience with state, national, and international preservation leaders.

Keynote Speakers

Veronica Bullock is the Co-founder and Director of Significance International. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Prehistory/Archaeology from the Australian National University and a master’s degree in Applied Science (Materials Conservation) from the University of Western Sydney. Her fellowship at the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property explored how significance assessments and risk assessments are taught in graduate conservation programs in Australia, Canada, the United States, and several countries in Europe. Ms. Bullock will provide an overview of the Significance Assessment methodology developed by the Collections Council of Australia.

Lisa Ackerman is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the World Monuments Fund and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute. She holds a BA from Middlebury College, an MS in historic preservation from the Pratt Institute, and an MBA from New York University. Her professional service has included membership on the boards of the Historic House Trust of New York City, New York Preservation Archive Project, St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts, Partners for Sacred Places, Neighborhood Preservation Center, and the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites. Ms. Ackerman will present an introduction to the Arches heritage inventory and management system.

Dr. Paul R. Green is a Cultural Resources Specialist for the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center, an Adjunct Associate Professor at Old Dominion University, and a modern Monuments Man. He holds a BS from Marshall University, MA from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a PhD in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Green is a member of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Historical/Cultural Advisory Group and the International Military Cultural Resources Working Group. He will address the challenges and importance of prioritizing global heritage collections and sites for the protection of cultural property during war and armed conflicts.

Lightening Session Speakers

Martha Battle Jackson is Chief Curator for North Carolina Historic Sites. She will provide an overview of the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) for Collection Stewardship sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums.

Andrea Gabriel is Outreach & Development Coordinator for the North Carolina State Archives. She will present an introduction to the Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) administered by the North Carolina Office of Archives & History.

David Goist is a painting conservator in private practice. He will give an overview of the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) sponsored by Heritage Preservation.


For more information on the conference schedule, registration, scholarships, etc., see the NCPC events page.

LYRASIS Town Halls: Cooperative Community Emergency Response and Recovery

LYRASIS will be hosting two town hall meetings where speakers from cultural heritage organizations will present their local disaster planning and response experience and efforts to address the needs for collaborative response. The first of the series will be held on October 8 Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The second in the series will be held on December 6 at the Georgia Tech Conference Center in Atlanta, GA. The Atlanta session will be webcast live for those of you interested and unable to travel.

Each site will feature regionally local speakers, addressing issues related to the community response networks they have created.  Additionally, Lori Foley, Vice President for Emergency Programs, Heritage Preservation, will discuss Heritage Preservation’s current project, the State Heritage Emergency Partnership, to promote the development of state-level cultural heritage emergency networks.​​​

Cooperative Community Emergency Response and Recovery.

NCPC Conference: First Voice, Collaborative Heritage Preservation

Deadline for early bird registration is October 1st

First Voice: Collaborative Heritage Preservation with Descendant Communities

North Carolina Preservation Consortium Annual Conference

Ida and William Friday Center for Continuing Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

November 1, 2013 ~ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM



Christina Kreps, Glenn Wharton, John Campbell, Michelle Lanier, Susanne Grieve, Nora J. Bird, Clara M. Chu, Faith Oguz, and Stacie Nicole Smith.



Engaging descendant communities in heritage preservation

Advocating for human rights with inclusive stewardship

Mediating heritage values and professional ethics

Building consensus for preservation priorities


Read more and find registration information at http://www.ncpreservation.org/events.html

Commemorating the Library Conservation Training Programs At Columbia and U.Texas

Conservation Education: Commemorating the Library Conservation Education Programs at Columbia University (1981-1992) and the University of Texas at Austin (1992-2009)

November 15, 2011
10:00-11:30 am

Location: Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 1st Street SE,
between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street, Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor

Webcast: If you would like to participate via live webcast, send an email at least three days prior to the event to Angela Burgess. The number of live webcast “seats” is also limited and will be filled in the order in which the requests are received.

About the Lecture:

Thirty years ago, the School of Library Service at Columbia University initiated the first degree-granting program for library conservation and preservation in the United States. The program was developed by Paul Banks, who had headed the Conservation Department at the Newberry Library in Chicago from its inception in 1964, where many leading book conservators had trained through traditional apprenticeships. Collaborating with the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine ArtsExternal Link (New York University), which had educated art conservators since 1960, Columbia’s School of Library Service offered a three-year program for library conservation and a two-year program for preservation administration.

Read the full announcement and lineup of speakers online.

Video: The Blank History of the Blank Book

Very cool, Chela!
From: CGPublishing  | Oct 14, 2011

New Professional Development Award Announced

Announced widely in the preservation community today.

A new professional development grant named in honor of Jan Merrill-Oldham has recently been approved by the Association of Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the American Library Association (ALA) and will be awarded in 2012.

For over 30 years, Merrill-Oldham has been a recognized leader in the field of library and archives preservation. She has served on key committees within ALA, the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the National Information Standards Organization and many others. She has educated and mentored countless preservation librarians and conservators and her support for students and dedication to the field serves as a model to all of us. This award recognizes Merrill-Oldham’s wide ranging contributions, deep commitment to the field, and her undying support of young professionals by supporting participation in an ALA conference. In September of 2010, Merrill-Oldham announced her retirement after a long and notable career.

Each year, the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant will consist of $1,250 to support travel to the ALA Annual Conference for a librarian, para-professional or student new to the preservation field.  The intention is to provide the opportunity to attend an ALA conference and encourage professional development through active participation at the national level. The recipient will have the chance to work with a member of the jury to identify relevant programs and interest group sessions to attend, must attend the Preservation Administration Interest Group meeting, and must attend at least one PARS discussion group meeting.

In order to make this grant a reality, the Library Binding Institute (LBI) has graciously agreed to sponsor this grant on an annual basis.  Debra Nolan, Executive Director of LBI, responded to the sponsorship request by noting that, “Jan, who has played such a significant role in library binding and with LBI, holds a very special place in our hearts.”  In addition to working with LBI, Ms. Merrill-Oldham co-authored the Guide to the ANSI/NISO/LBI Library Binding Standard with Paul Parisi.

Also assisting in making this grant possible is Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc. by agreeing to sponsor the George Cunha and Susan Swartzberg Award that LBI previously sponsored.

Thank you to LBI and Metal Edge for sponsoring the awards that recognize our colleagues, to PARS Executive Council, ALCTS and the ALA Awards Committee for approving the proposal, and to the grant initiators:  Heather Caldwell, Head of Conservation Services in the Harvard College Library; Beth Doyle, Head, Conservation Services Department, Duke University Libraries; and Hilary Seo, Head, Preservation Department, Iowa State University Library.

An announcement with more information on eligibility, application and selection will be made available in the next month or two.  This information will also be on the ALCTS awards web site in the near future.

Hilary Seo

Heather Caldwell

Beth Doyle

Survey: Preservation Education

From Laura Bedford, please consider giving your opinion for this important survey:

We are seeking responses for anybody in a professional level position for whom library and archives conservation is at least part of your job responsibilities – be that bench conservator or conservation administration – to participate in the following anonymous survey.

*** The survey closes FRIDAY, MAY 20th ***


The survey is part of a research project investigating what elements of a conservation training program (masters level) are most beneficial to practicing library and archive conservators and conservation administrators.  The authors hope to establish whether or not a degree or coursework in library science is valuable to different types of conservators and what other areas of education have proven valuable to those practicing in the field.

This is a multiple choice and short answer electronic survey that should take no longer than fifteen (15) minutes to complete.  Data will be gathered on basic demographics such as types of training, degrees held, duties of current and past positions, and professional memberships and activity of the respondents. There are no risks to participating in this study beyond the discomfort you might experience in everyday life. Individual participants in this research will not directly benefit from participation. However, findings from the research will help to illuminate future directions for library and archive conservation training. This research will be collated and presented at relevant professional conferences as well as considered for inclusion in a professional publication.

Completion of the survey indicates your willingness to participate and that you are at least eighteen years of age. You may print out a copy of this consent form for your records. If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study, please contact the University of Illinois Institutional Review Board at 217-333-2670 (collect calls accepted if you identify yourself as a research participant) or via email at irb@illinois.edu.

Upcoming LC Preservation Lecture

From today’s PADG digest

“The Marriage of Preservation and Access”
Nadina Gardner, Director of the Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the Humanities

Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20540

Thursday, April 14, 2011* (please see schedule note below) 10:30-11:00 am West Dining Room, Madison Building, 6th floor (Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at 202-707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov) and also via Live Webcast worldwide (to participate via live webcast, send an email at least
3 days in advance to Angela Burgess, abur [at] loc__gov)

Nadina Gardner, Director of the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities, will explore the close alliance between preservation of cultural heritage collections and the provision of access to them, with particular reference to the ways in which the grant programs of the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities exemplify that alliance. The results of a recent strategic planning effort, which included attention both to physical preservation and to preservation of the digital cultural record, will be presented and shown to have led to changes and additions that strengthen the bond between preservation and access in the division’s programs.

Nadina Gardner is the Director of the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Earlier, she was a senior program officer in the division and, at the beginning of her career, was a program officer in the Division of Research Programs, working primarily in collaborative research. She was the Assistant Director for Libraries and Archives with Heritage Preservation, where she worked on the Heritage Health Index, and was the Assistant to the Director of The Research Libraries of The New York Public Library, where she coordinated long-range planning in the four research libraries and was a member of the Research Libraries Management Team.
She holds an A.B. magna cum laude in English and American literature from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

* If there is a Government shutdown and even if it ends before April 14th, the Library of Congress may not be able to present this lecture. For status updates, starting Friday, April 8, please call 202-707-8345.*

The Topics in Preservation Series lectures are free and open to the public. For further details and updated information about the series, please visit http://www.loc.gov/preserv/tops/schedule.html

PADG Roundup

There’s been a lot of interesting things on PADG this week, here are some highlights.

ALCTS offers a variety of online continuing education opportunities through webinars, web courses, and e-forums. Many on the schedule are preservation related.


Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
CHICAGO, IL – MAY 3, 2011


From ALCTS Continuing Education Committee (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)
ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Preservation
Event date: Monday, April 4, 2011: 8:00am – 5:00pm (Central)
Fee $109 ALCTS Members; $129 Non-Members
To register, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior Registration Coordinator at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4293 or
tferren [at] ala___org.


LYRASIS is pleased to announce the availability of a new, self-paced, 70-minute class which provides information on new approaches to environmental control for libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions.

Entitled “The Elusive Preservation-Based Environment,” this workshop is delivered from an architectural and engineering viewpoint by Neal Rusnov, Project Technical Director for the IMLS-funded research project, “The Pennsylvania Study: Research into Optimal Environmental Conditions for Paper-Based Collections in Pennsylvania.”

The free session covers important findings from the project, with an emphasis on discussing methods which institutions can use to improve the temperature, humidity, light, pollutant and other environmental levels under which their collections are stored.

To register for The Pennsylvania Study IMLS Preservation Grant Distance Education Workshop, click here.



Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

Hosted and cosponsored by:
Bureau of Historic Sites
Peebles Island Resource Center (PIRC)
Division for Historic Preservation
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and
Historic Preservation

Hosted by:
Maymont Foundation
Cosponsored by:
Virginia Association of Museums
Virginia Conservation Association

Program Fee $110
Registration Deadline 2 weeks prior to program date

Registration, secure credit card payment, and additional program information are available at:

To go to conferences and events … go online?

Greetings all from the second Library of Congress Future Directions Symposia Series (“Assessing Options for Large Collections”)! Many of you not in Washington, DC are watching the symposium webcast right now, and if you weren’t able to watch it live today then simply check back to the event’s website (link above) where a recording will be posted in a couple weeks.  If you’d like to view the first symposium (“Understanding the Physical Environment: From Silver Image to Silver Anniversary – 25 Years of Preservation Research at the Image Permanence Institute”), you can view the webcast recording here.  Or stay tuned for the third in the series “Transitioning to a Digital Future” this October 2011.  The Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress makes most of its events available via webcast, including most TOPS (Topics in Preservation Series) lectures.

Interested in ALA haps but don’t have the funding to travel to New Orleans this summer?  ALA promises more information about its virtual conference soon.  Last year, AIC shared conference posters online, and let’s hope they continue that practice and expand the online documentation (presentations, video recordings) of sessions in the near future.  The perennially wonderful National Archives Annual Preservation Conference has for many years posted its speaker slideshows online, and Yale is recording their Preservation Lecture series (featuring Abby Smith Rumsey with “But Storage is Cheap… Digital Preservation in the Age of Abundance” this Thursday 3/17) with the hopes of putting it up on iTunes.

ALCTS offers a number of preservation webinars, two of which will be free in celebration of Preservation Week: “Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures” and “Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories.”  Many more online courses are popping up via AIC and ALA, and RAP does a great job summarizing the offerings of the regional centers.

What other conferences and events are making their mark online? How has limited funding for travel and training changed the way you plan your professional development and training opportunities?