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Welcome to CoOL
CoOL, an online resource operated by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation is a full text library of conservation information, covering a wide spectrum of topics of interest to those involved with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials. It is a growing online resource for conservators, collection care specialists, and other conservation professionals
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Photographic materials conservation
Artists' materials Electronic media
Historic materials Library materials
Natural history collections
Book Conservator, Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
January 17, 2013
When I am stumped by a preservation problem or conservation treatment, I consult CoOL and the Conservation Distlist. I can quickly gather information from this amazing centralized repository covering over twenty-five preservation and conservation topics, selected bibliographies and more. I can find organizations like WAAC and the Video Preservation website or query the archives of numerous sister organizations. I find that even if I don't navigate to CoOL when I have a query, I usually find myself directed there by the search engine.
How often do you enjoy reading the Distlist or consult CoOL?
I remember Walter Henry telling us about the World Wide Web at AIC meetings in the late 1980s and the new way that conservators would be able to communicate. Walter built a pretty remarkable framework. Combined with the Conservation Distlist, which has over 10,000 members in 94 countries, Conservation Online has become one of the main sources for preservation and conservation information in the world.
CoOL, like the AIC and the FAIC, is us. It is an essential resource for our field, where we can build on the past with our current efforts. Since the FAIC has taken over responsibility, a new phase has begun for CoOL. At this time, I would like to challenge the conservation community to give to CoOL, so that we can continue to build Conservation Online, and so that it can continue to be freely available to conservators around the world.
If you would pay $1.00 a day for coffee to stay awake, how much could a resource be worth if it helps you stay informed? Please join me to support CoOL and remember no contribution is too small.
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Thank you for your participation and support.
The content of CoOL comes from a variety of sources and we hope that all users will consider contributing some material to the project. As you use the server please pay attention to lacunae that you might be able to help fill. If this is your first time here, please read an important message about copyright. If you would like to contribute material to CoOL, please send a note to wh. To report problems or offer suggestions, select the Feedback links at the bottom of each page
This area has News, New items, and Time-sensitive
This area has the ConsDir and other tools
for finding people involved with conservation as well as allied
Updated: Friday, 15-Mar-2013 14:15:42 PDT
AIC has moved to a new host http://conservation-us.org where you will find greatly expanded offerings for both conservation (and allied) professionals, the public, and members. AIC members will be especially happy to know that they will now benefit from member-oriented services well beyond those that CoOL has been able to provide.
CoOL and AIC continue to work together to provide quality information for the conservation community. AIC and CoOL have had a long, and happy history together--the first AIC documents were added to CoOL in May 1994, when CoOL was still a Gopher and WAIS site-- and I'm very pleased to say that much of the content you're used to seeing here will continue to be available in CoOL.
The Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC) remains here, as do publications such as postprints, annuals, reports, abstracts, etc., from
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The mailing list archives are in the process of being restored to service
Mailing list archives formerly hosted at palimpsest.stanford.edu have been moved to cool.conservation-us.org and will be made publicly available again as soon as possible. This requires a great deal of work including rewriting/adapting the software that processes the list mail traffic creates the archives. All the existing content up to the date of the site move has been preserved but we will have to find ways to re-acquire/reconstruct list traffic between the date of the move and the date at which service is resumed. It is likely that the older messages (those before the move) will be made available more quickly than more recent traffic.
Online conservation/preservation serials
Conservation Resources at Other Sites ( Updated: Wednesday, 15-May-2013 11:30:10 PDT )
If you're interested in some background information on CoOL, it is being prepared, slowly.Walter Henry
Timestamp: Monday, 25-Mar-2013 08:00:29 PDT
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