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Lectures on preservation science

From: Carole Zimmermann <czim<-a>
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Two Library of Congress Topics in Preservation Science lectures

"Preservation Tools and Training in the Digital Age: NEDCC in the
    21st Century"
by Ann Russell, Director, Northeast Document Conservation Center,
    Andover, MA
Library of Congress
Whittall Pavilion
Thomas Jefferson Building
Washington, DC 20540
May 8, 2008
10:30-12

    The presentation will begin with a brief review of current
    challenges in the preservation field.  The speaker will describe
    the Northeast Document Conservation Center's (NEDCC) new
    initiative to produce new training and tools to address these
    challenges.  These include the development of a new methodology
    to survey the preservation needs of digital collections; a new
    online course entitled Preservation 101; and dPlan, the online
    disaster tool.  Also on the horizon is CoStep, a guide to
    cooperative statewide disaster planning.  In closing the speaker
    will offer recommendations about needs for leadership and
    funding to advance preservation in the digital age.

"Recent Trends in Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage"
by Chandra Reedy, Professor, University of Delaware Center for
Historic Architecture and Design, and Director, Laboratory for
Analysis of Cultural Materials

May 20, 2008, 2:30-4
Library of Congress
Madison Building
Mumford Room
Washington, DC 20540

    The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible
    Cultural Heritage dates back to only 2003. Yet, it is already
    having a major impact, globally and within the preservation
    community of the United States. This movement explicitly
    recognizes that material culture is intertwined with ideas,
    memories, knowledge, skills, creativity, spirituality, emotions,
    traditions, and other intangible qualities. As much as possible,
    preservation of these intangible aspects of material culture, in
    conjunction with the objects they are associated with, is a goal
    of modern preservation efforts.

    Dr. Reedy will discuss highlights of the 2003 Convention, and
    its context within overall preservation efforts of UNESCO (such
    as Memory of the World and the World Heritage Convention) and
    within past efforts of the conservation and preservation
    communities in the United States. Recent global efforts and
    current directions of the work in this field will be reviewed,
    followed by a discussion about how and why intangible data can
    and should be preserved in close association with material
    culture when dealing with library materials, works of art,
    utilitarian objects, spiritual and ritual objects, buildings and
    monuments, or landscapes

For more information visit

    <URL:http://www.loc.gov/preserv/tops/schedule.html>

Carole Zimmermann, MLS, MGA
Education and Training Specialist
Library of Congress
Preservation Research and Testing Division
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC  20540-4560
202-707-1029
Fax: 202-707-1525


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