ALCTS PARS (Preservation and Reformatting Section) Section
Preservation Statistics: A New Approach to the Documentation of Library Preservation Activities
In 2012, institutions across the U.S. participated in a pilot Preservation Statistics Survey to document and analyze activities to preserve cultural heritage collections. The Preservation Statistics Survey records how these preservation programs are administered (leadership, staffing, and funding) as well as preventive preservation activities (library binding, mass deacidification, environmental monitoring, disaster planning, outreach, training, etc.), conservation activities, reformatting and digitization activities, and digital preservation / digital asset management responsibilities.
The results of the pilot FY2012 Preservation Statistics Survey will be presented in this PARS Forum as well as an introduction to the revised FY2013 Survey that was released in mid-January and a discussion of plans for the future of the Preservation Statistics project.
Presenters: Annie Peterson (Tulane University), Holly Robertson (Preservation Consultant) and Nick Szydlowski (Boston College Law Library)
Join ALCTS on Friday January 24, 2014 in Philadelphia as we tour two exciting preservation facilities. Advance registration is required.
George Blood Audio and Video is hosting tours of their facilities on January 24, 2014, during the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting. You will have door-to-door service to and from the convention center, traveling to their offices in Chestnut Hill via trolley car. George will be giving a guided tour of the area and architecture of this historic city along the way. At their studio, you will see a range of playback machines for audio, video and film material, their climate controlled vault, and learn about their workflow, processes and IT systems by speaking with engineers and staff.
To give multiple options, two tours will be provided, one at 10:30 am and one at 2:30 pm. Each tour will last about 2 hours, including travel time.
To sign up and receive additional information, please send your name and contact information to Martha Horan, Registrar at Martha.Horan@georgeblood.com. There is no fee to sign up. Space is limited, so please sign up by January 17.
George Blood Audio and Video, L.P.
Join the staff of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) on Friday, January 24, 2014 for a behind-the-scenes tour during which conservators will demonstrate the art and science of caring for a wide array of materials, including historic manuscripts, rare books, beautiful fine art, and fragile photographs. Over the past 35 years, CCAHA has grown to be the largest nonprofit conservation laboratory in the country specializing in the treatment of works of art and historic artifacts on paper. CCAHA also offers on site consultation services, educational programs and seminars, internships, and emergency conservation services.
To give multiple options, two tours will be provided, one at 10:30 am and one at 2:30 pm. Each tour will last about 1 hour.
To sign up and receive additional information, please send your name and contact information to Anastasia Matijkiw at email@example.com . There is no fee to sign up. Space is limited, so please sign up by January 17.
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA)
Please join us for the PARS Forum at the 2013 Annual conference.
Discussion to Plan a Study on the Impacts of Regional Climates on Library Collections
Facilitated by Ian Bogus and Tom Clareson
Earlier this spring, members of the preservation community were asked to review a draft proposal describing a study that would assess the impact of regional climate on stored print-based collections materials. This group will meet at the PARS Forum. Please note that there will be no presentation; attendees will be engaged in discussion and in planning next steps.
Friday, June 28, 8am-12pm
McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL
As Chair-Elect of PARS Executive Committee, I am responsible for appointing PARS members to Committees, Working Groups and Awards Juries. I am seeking a few more volunteers for PARS committees and working groups. Once I fill those groups, I will begin to select members for the Awards Juries. The Awards Juries can do almost all of their work (if not all) virtually. So, if you are not able to travel, consider volunteering for a jury.
Also, all committees have virtual membership options, so consider those too.
Go to the ALCTS Volunteer Form to sign up. Even if you don't want a position immediately, sign up any way to register your interests, experience, cross-over membership in LITA, ACRL or another PARS sections. On the form, you can indicate if you plan to attend Midwinter and Annual. If you know that you can only attend one of the two meetings, add a note to that effect. We can work with you. You can find the Volunteer Form and lots of helpful information at http://www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/howto/vol_form
Because Preservation Week has become so popular, I am expanding the size of that Working Group so that the Chair does not have such an enormous responsibility. I will probably appoint Co-Chairs with staggered terms. I have also asked the Web Working Group to assist the Preservation Week folks with the social media and website work. I could use another member or intern with web-saavy & social media skills to help with that effort.
Now that it's Preservation Week, take time to participate in events and congratulate the PWWG for their successful planning. Job well done, Miriam and colleagues.
Chair Elect, PARS
The brittle program landscape has changed with the growing acceptance of digital surrogates as replacements for the printed book and the increasing scarcity of microfilming programs. Different options are available to Preservation Librarians managing brittle book programs today than were available ten years ago. This panel discussion will facilitate the discussion of best practices, workflow tools, and decision making criteria used by Preservation Librarians at academic institutions.
Special thanks to HathiTrust for sponsoring this ALCTS program.
Did you attend this program? Take our post-conference survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/alctsevents2012
Hello PARS members -
As we move into the new ALA-year, there are still a few vacancies on PARS committees and working groups that we need to fill. The whole list is here, and I have a slot available on almost every one:
To volunteer for a committee, fill out the form at:
Award juries are a one-year appointment and other committees are appointed for two years. Last year, we started to test virtual attendance (through a variety of web-conferencing tools) to make the travel load more manageable in the coming years. With this year's roster, we'll also have each committee staggered, so that only half the committee will end its term each year. This will increase continuity and help committee business move ahead, plus, if a committee you have volunteered for fills up, you'll have a shorter time to wait for vacancies.
More information about ALCTS committees and the appointment process is available at:
Jacob Nadal, PARS Chair-elect
Director of Library and Archives
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St. Brooklyn, NY. 11201
718-222-4111 ext. 295 | firstname.lastname@example.org