Obit: Robert Hudson Patterson

From the Austin American-Statesman via PADG. Conservation Administration News, the publication founded and edited by Bob Patterson for 15 years, is one of the inspirations for PCAN. –eds

Robert Hudson Patterson was born December 11, 1936, to Hubert and Beth Jones Patterson in Alexandria, Louisiana, and died quietly at home, surrounded by family and friends, on May 10, 2014, in Austin, Texas.

Bob was raised by his grandparents, Robert and Florence Jones, in Jackson, Mississippi, after the death of his father in 1943. His grandfather owned a hardware store, which engendered in Bob a life-long love of gadgets and of ordering the world around him. He graduated from Central High School in 1954 and Millsaps College in 1958. Several college road trips to Mexico kindled a passion for the country’s art and culture, and he received a M.A. with advanced graduate work in Latin American History from Tulane University in 1963, and a M.L.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1965. He then began a long career in library administration.

After working at Tulane University from 1965-1970, Bob moved with his family to Austin in 1970 where he was Head of Special Collections Cataloging at the Humanities Research Center (now the Harry Ransom Center). He returned to Tulane University from 1973-1976, then became the Director of the University of Wyoming Library from 1976-1981. He was Dean of Libraries at the University of Tulsa from 1981-1998. Bob was hailed by colleagues as a pioneer and leader in the library preservation movement, and was the founding editor and publisher of Conservation Administration News (CAN) from 1979-1994.

Following his retirement and move to Austin in 1998, Bob became an active community volunteer, and taught ESL at El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission. He received the Volunteer of the Year award from El Buen in 2006. He also traveled extensively, meeting his wife on a solo trip to San Miguel de Allende. With De, Bob explored Austin’s great cultural offerings and found peace and tranquility in his later years. To his great surprise, he found a home and spiritual community at St. James Episcopal Church. He savored being a husband, father, and grandfather.

Bob is survived by his wife, De Sellers, daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Todd Peters, daughter Emily Johnson, grandchildren Ben and Elizabeth Peters, all of Austin, two former spouses, and a host of friends and surrogate family from his high school, college, career, and post-retirement years. Peter Hernandez and John Zamarippa looked after Bob as his health declined, and they became close friends in addition to caretakers. We honor John and Peter for their staunch devotion to him.

Bob will be remembered for his wit and good humor (his high school annual quipped, “if Bob has had a serious thought, no one knows about it”), charm, open-mindedness, gentleness of spirit, his interest in personal discovery, love of architecture, classical history, music, travel and good food, perseverance, and the calm courage with which he faced his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, Music Division (http://stjamesaustin.org/), and El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission (http://www.elbuen.org/). A memorial service will be held at St. James on May 31, 2014, 10 a.m.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 18 to May 19, 2014

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Open Access: A Model for Sharing Published Conservation Research (AIC News)

Exerpt: Anderson, Priscilla, Whitney Baker, Beth Doyle, and Peter Verheyen. “Open Access: A Model for Sharing Published Conservation Research.” AIC News, vol. 39, no. 3. May 1, 2014. pp. 1-6.

The conservation field has articulated the importance of publishing our research to disseminate information and further the aims of conservation. Article X of AIC’s Code of Ethics states that conservators should “contribute to the evolution and growth of the profession, a field of study that encompasses the liberal arts and the natural sciences” in part by “sharing of information and experience with colleagues, adding to the profession’s written body of knowledge.” Our Guidelines for Practice state “the conservation professional should recognize the importance of published information that has undergone formal peer review,” because, as Commentary 2.1 indicates, “publication in peer-reviewed literature lends credence to the disclosed information.” Furthermore, our Guidelines for Practice state that the “open exchange of ideas and information is a fundamental characteristic of a profession.” In publishing our research, we can increase awareness of conservation and confidence in our research methods among allied professionals as well as the general public.

However, current publication models limit the free flow of information by making access expensive and re-use complicated. An alternative to traditional subscription publishing is the Open Access movement, which strives to remove barriers to access and re-use of published information by reducing the costs of publishing and rethinking permissions issues.

To synthesize growing interest in professional publishing and spark discussion, this article proposes to:

  • Define Open Access and how it differs from traditional publishing in its approach to access and re-use of peer-reviewed publications
  • Discuss the implications of Open Access for the conservation field including interdisciplinary research, outreach opportunities, preferred medium for consuming professional publications, perspective of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC), and author impact.
  • Outline issues related to funding models, copyright, and licenses
  • Raise questions about current and future publication practices

Open Access

As described in the Budapest Open Access Initiative FAQ, Open Access is the publication of scholarly information that is free for readers to view online and puts little restriction on the use or re-use of the content. Peter Suber, the Director of the Harvard Open Access Project,in an interview with co-author Priscilla Anderson, explained that the Open Access approach is different from traditional (usually for-profit) publication, which generally requires readers to purchase access (through paid institutional subscription, individual membership, or per-article purchase by non-members). Additionally, in the traditional model copyright is generally assigned to the publisher (not retained by the author),
and re-use of the content is limited to what “Fair Use” restrictions will allow.

Suber debunked some common assumptions about Open Access publications, including that authors must pay a fee to publish their work and that there is no peer review. Suber reports that in reality, many Open Access journals have alternate funding models (i.e. neither author nor reader pays) and most are peer-reviewed, although some employ alternative review models such as  committee abstract review. Furthermore, many of these journals retain a high “impact factor,” an indicator of respect a journal commands within its field as measured by university standards. Suber provides more details in his Open Access Overview, available online. Authors should inquire about sources of funding before publishing with an open access journal, to ensure there are no
conflicts of interest.

In correspondence with co-author Whitney Baker, Ada Emmett, Head of the Office of Scholarly Communications & Copyright at the University of Kansas, clarified that there are two main types of Open Access models. In one model, individual authors choose to share their published journal articles, making them  “open,” whether or not the journal is a traditional “subscription” journal or open access journal. In the other model, the journal publisher chooses to make the entire issue/volume/title open, and the author goes along with it. The important distinction is who is making the decision to “open” access to the resource.

One common feature of Open Access journals is that they are available primarily online in digital form. Most have eliminated print versions. Printed publications can be expensive to produce and distribute, and removing these costs makes alternative funding models feasible. Some Open Access journals offer a hard copy option using a “print-on-demand” model (as opposed to traditional offset printing which requires a large minimum order).

To read the rest of the article, including AIC’s viewpoint on Open Access, please see AIC News online.

 

Job Opening: Curator for Documentary Arts, Duke University Libraries

Editor’s note: Full disclosure, Beth (PCAN co-editor) works at Duke. While this job is not a preservation-related position, it does work closely with the Conservation Services Department and the Exhibits Curator (who happens to be a professional conservator). Thus, I am posting it here so that we can reach a wide audience. Posting is edited for length, complete posting is available online.

Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts, Duke University Libraries

The Curator provides dynamic and innovative leadership for the Archive of Documentary Arts (ADA), one of several specialized collecting areas within the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. S/he builds distinctive collections of photographs, moving images, audio recordings, and other formats through purchases and gifts; develops public programs and outreach activities for the ADA; participates in fundraising; and works with students, faculty and researchers to facilitate their use of the ADA’s holdings.
Responsibilities

In consultation with Duke faculty and the Head of Rubenstein Collection Development, develops and implements a collection policy to build collections related to documentary studies in all formats, including photography, moving images, audio recordings and text. Negotiates rights, access, and ownership agreements with photographers, filmmakers, and other creators. Develops, manages and monitors budgets assigned to the ADA. Is responsible for the physical receipt and intake of newly acquired materials.

Promotes ADA collections to the Duke community, to the Triangle community, and to a national audience. Partners with programs, departments and centers on campus to plan public programs that highlight ADA strengths and new acquisitions; including symposia, readings, lectures, film screenings, and performances.

With the DUL Exhibits Coordinator and the Director of the Rubenstein Library develops the exhibition schedule for the Rubenstein Library’s Photography Gallery. The Curator of the ADA personally plans, curates and promotes 1-2 exhibitions per year.

In conjunction with the Rubenstein Research Services Department provides advanced research consultation related to Duke’s documentary collections, including responding to reference questions and meeting with researchers one-on-one. Promotes use of subject-specific information resources and services in ways that meet user needs and expectations and utilizing current technologies and information tools. Collaborates with Duke faculty and with library instructors to integrate ADA collections into undergraduate and graduate courses.

 

Experience:

Required: Experience with and knowledge of documentary work in photography, film, or sound; familiarity with standard archival and library procedures demonstrated knowledge of and interest in the history of photography and of photographic processes; ability to relate effectively with users and donors of rare and unique materials; experience and skill in making public presentations; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; adaptive to working in a dynamic environment prone to change; record of successful project planning and management; ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services.

Preferred: Three or more years of professional archival/special collections/museum experience; prior professional archival/collection development experience working in special collections or in collection development; prior experience working in an academic research library; prior supervisory experience; knowledge of digital library environment; demonstrated leadership in establishing and implementing successful new programs; familiarity with web publishing technologies; experience with user and/or usability study methodologies; experience with assessment tools and methods; experience with developing digital collections; demonstrated success in grant writing and management.

For complete information and application instructions, see the Duke University Libraries website.

In The News: Preserving Audio For The Future Is A Race Against Time : NPR

The Library of Congress’ efforts to preserve audio materials is highlighted on NPR today. Find the full story online.

“We’re probably acquiring between 50 and 100,000 a year,” DeAnna says. “We’re at least stabilizing them in a good environment so that their deterioration will slow down, and we’ll hopefully get to most of them before they’re lost.”

Many already have been lost, according to in 2010. Radio recordings, which the study calls “an irreplaceable piece of our sociocultural heritage” (we’re flattered), were rarely kept for safekeeping before the 1930s. At commercial record companies, master recordings of musical artists were sometimes thrown out due to space constraints.

And once recordings are made digital, they’re still at risk of being lost. Unless the digital format is updated consistently, it might not be recognized by a computer in 10 years. Modern recordings that were “born digital” — think songs streamed on Myspace — are especially ephemeral and at risk of being lost, the Library of Congress study says.

“It’s an active process, not a passive process,” DeAnna says. “It’s not like putting something on the shelf.”

via Preserving Audio For The Future Is A Race Against Time : NPR.

Job Opening: Michigan State University Libraries

Special Collections Conservator
Michigan State University Libraries

Position Summary

Reporting to the Head of Conservation and Preservation and working closely with staff in the Wallace Conservation Lab, Special Collections, and other library units, as well as with partners at other institutions, the Special Collections Conservator is responsible for the conservation treatment of rare and unique library materials in the Michigan State University Libraries. Duties will include:
  • Complex conservation treatments on rare books, maps and special collections materials from throughout the library including, but not limited to: re-sewing; leather and vellum rebinding and binding conservation; gold and blind tooling; conservation of paper and vellum, including aqueous and chemical treatment; and the creation of custom protective enclosures for a variety of rare and archival materials.
  • Assisting the Head of Conservation and Preservation in managing and planning the conservation program, including: establishing conservation priorities within the various special collections libraries; managing and planning treatment methods and procedures for a wide range of library materials; training conservation technicians, volunteers and student workers; condition assessments and the management of preventative care.
  • Preparation of rare and special collections materials for exhibition.
  • Consulting with other library staff on conservation and preservation issues and providing training for library staff in minor repairs for their collections.
  • Assist with disaster preparedness and recovery and serve as a member of the Disaster Recovery Committee.
Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in a continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development, scholarly and creative activities related to their position. Additionally, librarians serve on library and university committees as elected or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in information or library science from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Knowledge of current conservation principles, practices, and procedures as evidenced by a graduate degree in conservation, or the completion of a conservation apprenticeship with an established conservator, or a verifiable certification of advanced training and education. Excellent oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal communication skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; exceptional commitment to customer service; ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work collaboratively and independently; ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; attention to detail; preparation and commitment to conducting independent scholarly and creative activities consistent with a library faculty appointment; capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.
A portfolio of work will be required at the interview.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in a conservation program for rare materials and special collections; experience in treatment decision-making; advanced knowledge of hand bookbinding techniques and principles; working knowledge of chemistry as it applies to conservation treatments.

Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday, April 24, 2014

Special Instructions to Applicants
Minimum $50,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits.
Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume and names, addresses and email addresses of three references. Posting number 9201. To apply visit the MSU Applicant Page website at <https://jobs.msu.edu>.  For questions, please contact Jacquelyn Hanson <aholajac@mail.lib.msu.edu> at MSU Libraries’ Human Resources Department.

Job Opening: CCAHA (Philadelphia)

From the PADG listserv 3/11/2014, edited for length.

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) seeks a chief executive officer to lead CCAHA and provide for its continued growth and success through the management of all operations, maintaining the highest levels of productivity, integrity, and quality.

The Executive Director for CCAHA leads in the development, implementation, and oversight of CCAHA’s vision and mission.  Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the successful candidate will have a passion for conservation, an entrepreneurial spirit, excellent communication skills, and the ability to inspire loyalty, trust, and respect in his/her colleagues and professional associates.

Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree and at least seven years of increasing responsibility in managing a department or division within a nonprofit cultural institution. The experience must include the supervision of staff, financial management, successful fundraising, grants management, and strategic planning.

Candidates should send a letter of interest discussing their qualifications, a resume, and the names, addresses, and contact information for three references to:

Search@CCAHA.org

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
264 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Application Deadline is April 15, 2014.  For more information, visit CCAHA’s website at www.ccaha.org.

(Slightly More) Open Access

JPASS_Primary_LogoAs announced in the March issues of AIC News, AIC members have the opportunity for discounted access to articles in JSTOR via JPASS. Why does this matter? If you are a preservation or conservation professional with no institutional access to JSTOR you now have an opportunity to access this database for a reduced yearly fee.

As part of your AIC membership, we are able to offer you the 1-year JPASS access plan for $99—a 50% discount on the listed rate. JPASS includes unlimited reading and 120 article downloads to more than 1,500 humanities, social science, and science journals in the JSTOR archival collections. For those with a short-term project or research need, there is also an option to purchase one month of access for $19.50.

To use your member discount and sign up for JPASS, follow the “Learn more” link on the AIC Online Resources page at www.conservation-us.org/publications-resources/online. This member-restricted page about JPASS has a link that will admit you to the JPASS purchase website for AIC members.

To use your member discount and sign up for JPASS, follow the “Learn more” link on the AIC Online Resources page at www.conservation-us.org/publications-resources/online. This member-restricted page about JPASS has a link that will admit you to the JPASS purchase website for AIC members.

While not all JSTOR content is available through JPASS, Pres/Cons professionals can find a lot of information here. Some journals indexed in JPASS include:

  • American Anthropologist
  • American Antiquity
  • American Archivist
  • American Libraries
  • Archaeology
  • Journal of Museum Education
  • Midwestern Archivist

Obviously this is a very small sampling of the titles available. JAIC isn’t yet amongst the JPASS collection that I could tell, but maybe it will be added in the future.  Don’t forget, you may be able to get journal articles via your local public library or public university’s library through their interlibrary loan service.

Open Access to our professional literature and research will be the next frontier that we need to cross as a group. While not quite true Open Access to JAIC, it is a step forward for access to allied professional journals and we applaud AIC for making this access more affordable for its members.

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