Volume 12, Number 1
Events in the News
- An intensive two-weak course in preservation for archivists and
related professionals was given last June 5-19 at Simmons
College, sponsored jointly by SAA and NEDCC. Participants were
selected competitively. It was called the Preservation Management
Institute, and is reported in National Preservation
News, October 1987.
- The Jubilee Conservation Conference of the London Institute of
Archaeology, July 6-10, 1987, saw the presentation of the
G. Banik: Salt Migration in Papyrus Fragments.
N. Bortolani et al.: High Performance Gel Permeation
Chromatography and Other Chemical and Physical Tests to Evaluate
Permanence of Paper Treated with Calcium Hydroxide, Calcium
Carbonate and Borax.
D. Erhardt and N. Firnhaber: Identification of Oils in Tapa.
- The Society of Bookbinders and Book Restorers, at their biennial
conference in Chester, Sept. 3-5, had 12 presentations,
several of which had demonstrations. Presenters, half of whom were
book conservators, included Brian Hoy, James Brockman, Bernard
Middleton, Arthur Johnson, Trevor Jones and William Topping; they
spoke on parchment repair, sausage casing repair of parchment,
vellum binding without dampening the vellum, sewing the Domesday
Book, paper marbling, bookbinding education and other topics. Julian
Thomas won first prize in the bookbinding competition.
- The International Council of Museums (ICOM) Conservation
Committee met Sept. 6-11 in Sydney, Australia, and had 17
papers of interest to paper conservators. Judith Hofenk de Graaff
gave a paper entitled "The Development of Standard Specification for
Permanent Records in the Netherlands." Other presenters included
Klaus Hendriks, Françoise Flieder, Pieter Hallebeek, Ingrid
Rose, and Janet Stone.
- The meeting of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on
October 21-22 was mostly on preservation, and the talks were
addressed to the needs of the library directors there, many of whom
did not have preservation programs yet. Two speakers were directors
themselves. David Weber (Stanford) said a recent survey revealed
that only a handful of ARL libraries are meeting the minimum
standard expenditure for preservation, 5% of the budget (it used to
be 4%). William Studer (Ohio State) saw preservation as the other
side of the collection development coin, and the measure of a
director's accomplishment during his tenure. He listed six things a
director should do to start a preservation program: 1) Gain a
conviction and understand the problems; 2) be willing to talk about
the costs involved; 3) be willing to reallocate internal resources;
4) be willing to lobby for university and external funding; 5) do an
ARL self-study to determine where you are (after the study, the
entire library staff will be more supportive); 6) help establish a
priority sequence for action. Other speakers included Jan
Merrill-Oldham, Carolyn Morrow Manna, Gay Walker, Wesley
Boomgaarden, Barclay Ogden, Patricia Battin, James Morris and
Merrily Smith. Carolyn Manna, in her talk about staffing the
preservation program, said the position of preservation librarian
could report to the director or to one of the assistant directors.
She argued for having the preservation program under the assistant
university librarian for collection development, because the builder
and the maintainer of the collection should be the same person.
- Seventeen members of the Guild of Book Workers have all bound
copies of the same book in their own style, and the resulting
volumes form the core of an exhibition that will be shown
February through December, at Swarthmore College, University
of Colorado at Boulder, Mills College Library, University of
Chicago, Tulane University, Museum of New Mexico, University of
Texas at Austin, and the MIT Museum, for about a month in each
place. Catalog: $15 + $2.50 shipping. The book is Melville's
Billy Budd, Sailor. For a catalog or description of the
exhibition, contact Guild president Frank Mowery, Folger Shakespeare
Library, 201 E. Capital St. SE, Washington, DC 20003
- In conjunction with the opening of the Sobota/Rennie exhibition
at the Metropolitan Museum, on Feb. 4 to be exact, Silvia
Rennie will give a brand new slide lecture, illustrating and
explaining every step in the making of a full-leather binding,
including rough-gilding and onlaying. It will be at the Swiss
Institute, 37 W. 67th St. (873-3761), at 6:30 pm.
- The University of Victoria in British Columbia has a new
Medieval Studies Program, which will host two workshops in February.
"The Book in the Middle Ages" on Feb. 12-13 will be mostly
about text and illustrations, though there will be one talk on the
Vatican Library and one talk on codicological detective work. "The
Making of the Medieval Book," Feb. 14, will have one lecture and two
demonstrations on each of three topics: paleography (Mark van
Stone), William Morris and Medieval printing (Crispin Elated), and
bindings (Courtland Benson). There will also be displays and
suppliers' booths. The fees are $30 and $20 respectively, or $40 for
both ("Southern friends alarmed about our charges should remember to
multiply them by 75%"). Write John Tucker, Medieval Studies Program,
P0 Box 1700, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada V8W 2Y2.
- The spring program of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists
Guild includes Tim Ely's slide talk on his unique bindings (Feb.
29) mini-demonstrations in March annual meeting with
slides by Michael Wilcox, April and Deborah Evetts in
May. Tim Ely will also be giving a workshop on book cover
surfaces and doublures Feb. 27-28 ($100 members, $120
nonmembers). Contact Shelagh Smith, 92 Monsheen Dr., Woodbridge,
Ont. L4L 2E7, Canada (416/851-1554).
- There will be a one-hour statewide teleconference in New York
State April 12, titled "Fighting Slow Fires," broadcast on
PBS live to allow viewers to call in questions. It is designed to
inform people about the State Education Department's program for the
conservation and preservation of library research materials. Since
1984 over $3 million has been awarded to 11 New York libraries
designated comprehensive research libraries for the state. An
additional $1.2 million has been awarded to 118 other libraries,
archives, historical societies, museums and other institutions, for
preservation and treatment.
- A Preservation Microfilming Institute, sponsored by the
Reproduction of Library Materials Section of ALA will be held
April 21-23 at Yale University. It will cover the daily
management of microfilming operations and will include tours, small
group sessions, and discussion. Contact Ann Menendez, Resources and
Technical Services Division, ALA 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
- "Exhibition: The Cooperative Venture" is the IIC-CG
Pre-Conference Training Seminar, May 25-27, in Toronto. It
will cover exhibitions in all kinds of cultural institutions, with
case histories, workshops and panel discussions. Write Training
Seminar - Conference 88; PO Box 956, Station F; Toronto, Oct., M4Y
2N9; Canada (416/977-0414).
- This year's "Technology of the Medieval Book Seminar" (June
19-July 2) will be $800, not $600 as previously announced, and
it will last 14 days, four days longer than last year (see the
report of last year's workshop in the October issue of
AN, p. 111). For information or to register for the
workshop, write to Jack Thompson, Thompson Conservation Laboratory,
7549 N. Fenwick, Portland, OR 97217 (503/248-0046). Since much of
the material must be prepared well in advance, Mr. Thompson needs to
know by the end of March how many participants there will be. A 50%
deposit is required by the end of March, and there is a penalty for
cancellations received after that.
- An educational exchange between the University of Alabama's
Institute for the Book Arts and two French binding schools is in the
planning stages, and will be held June 23 to August 7. It
will include courses at the two schools (Atelier d'Arts Appliques du
Vesinet in Paris, and the Centre Interregional de Conservation des
Libres in Arles) and field trips to book-related museums, libraries
and ateliers. Graduate credit; total cost about $2900. Write Paula
N. Gourley, G.S.L.S., P0 Box 6242, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
(205/348-4990). She is coordinating the exchange.
- Philip Smith will be in the United States next September and
October, in connection with an exhibition entitled "Aspects of
British Book Art Today" at Saturdays' Book Arts Gallery in Euclid,
Ohio. He has been invited to attend the opening and give lectures.
While he is here, he will be available to take part in programs of
book arts centers and other organizations. His slide lectures are
technical/ artistic (step-by-step sequences in the making of various
works) visual workshops/discussions. He can be contacted at The Book
House, Yatton Keynell, Wiltshire, SN14 7BH, England (tel. Castle
Combe  782597).
- The Annual Instructional Meeting for archive conservators,
archivists and librarians will be held at Nottingham University in
England, Sept. 6-9, organized by the Society of Archivists
Technical Committee and Nottingham University Dept. of Manuscripts.
The program is based on the theme of quality control and will
include contributions from conservators, chemists and curators, with
case studies to illustrate the importance of checking and testing,
especially with exhibitions. There will be tours, a trade fair,
annual general meeting and a social event. Contact Tony Upton, Dept.
of Manuscripts, Nottingham University, Nottingham NG7 2RD
- A conference entitled "Papermaking by Hand in America" will be
held at Indiana University Oct. 20-24, in connection with the
annual meeting of the Friends of the Dard Hunter Paper Museum, and
cosponsored by that group and the Friends of the Lilly Library.
There will be a tour to the Twinrocker Handmade Paper Mill on Oct.
21. Nonmembers should write to Friends of the Lilly Library, Lilly
Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405.
- The 30th Allerton Institute will be held Nov. 6-9,
sponsored by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The one in 1981 was on
"Conserving and Preserving Library Materials" and the proceedings
were published as a book in 1983. In that book, Gerald Gibson had a
chapter on preservation of nonpaper materials, in which he protested
that the scope was far too broad for the time allotted. He must have
made his point, because this time the whole conference is devoted to
preservation of films, paintings, photographs, newspapers, sound
recordings, maps and so on. Contact the Graduate School of Library
and Information Science, University of Illinois, 410 David Kinley
Hall, 1407 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL 61801 (217/333-6191 or
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