October 2, 2012
Heather Caldwell, head of collections care, recently published a chapter in Planning and Constructing Book & Paper Conservation Laboratories: A Guidebook. Caldwell’s chapter “Ergonomic Considerations for Furniture and Equipment” addresses ergonomic issues that can affect conservators of print-based library and archival materials.
Caldwell joined Harvard five years ago. She earned her MLIS from UT Austin with a Certificate of Advanced Study in the Conservation of Library and Archival Materials. Her BA is in English from Dartmouth College.
Read more about the book here.
Emilie Hardman, metadata and reference assistant for the Houghton Library, presented a paper at the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture’s conference “Protest on the Page: Print Culture History in Opposition to Almost Anything” on September 29 in Madison, WI.
Hardman co-presented “By the Pinch and the Pound: Protest in American Vegetarian Cookbooks from the Nineteenth Century to the Present” with her PhD advisor Laura Miller. Their paper—on the history and rhetoric of protest in vegetarian cookbooks from 1800 to the present—melds Hardman’s previous coursework in sociology with her book-history perspective and special collections work at Houghton…as well as her own personal interest in cooking.
An article by Christopher Sokolowski, a paper conservator for special collections in the Weissman Preservation Center, will be published by Archetype, London. “Bonnardot’s Essai: A Nineteenth-Century Restoration Manual and Its Author” will appear in the peer-reviewed preprints for “Conservation in the Nineteenth Century,” a conference scheduled for May 2013 in Copenhagen at the National Museum of Denmark.
The paper critically examines the life and times of Alfred Bonnardot (French, 1808–1884)—considered by many to be the first modern paper conservator—and the influential book he published in 1846 on the restoration of prints. The paper also traces the trajectory of the manual from 1840’s Paris into the 21st century and evaluates its contribution to paper conservation practice today.
Sokolowski holds an MS in art conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program. He completed internships at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also holds an MA in art history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
In the article, Weinberger notes that a library platform would give real-time computational access not only to the content held by libraries (when free of license restrictions), but also to as much metadata—information about information—as possible. This would enable independent software developers to create applications that serve library users, and would integrate everything that libraries know into the larger online ecosystem.
Weinberger writes that a library platform would be a part of a community’s infrastructure, which, like electricity and water, is available always and everywhere. Communities could then develop “knowledge networks” in which users engage with the library’s works. Those engagements then themselves become part of the library platform, creating a “virtuous circle.”
Read the full article here.
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