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Preservation Instruction, Education and Outreach Discussion Group

From: Karen Brown <kebrown>
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 1999
Preservation Instruction, Education and Outreach Discussion Group
ALA Midwinter Meeting, San Antonio TX
Teaching Traditional Skills With Technology:
Book Repair and Videoconferencing
Sunday, January 16, 2000
CC 216B, 12:00 - 2:00

Co-Chair:  Karen Brown, Northeast Document Conservation Center
Co-Chair:  Janice Mohlhenrich, Emory University

Program Description

Teaching book repair has traditionally been accomplished by pairing
learners with qualified instructors in a hands-on workshop setting.
The logistics of such a teaching strategy can be frustrating.  There
are a great many people who would like to learn preservationally
sound repair techniques, and few effective and qualified instructors
to teach them. Most often potential learners work in small
libraries.  Attending a workshop can impose financial hardships as
well as leave the library understaffed.  Limited funding for travel
and staff development often precludes attendance at book repair
workshops by the individuals who will be responsible for doing book

In this session, discussion will center on the potential for
adapting video teleconferencing technology to deliver effective book
repair training to learners at a distance.  Video teleconferencing
enables learners and instructors to interact "live," that is, in real
time.  The instructor can gauge learner's progress and demonstrate
techniques to an on-site and distant group simultaneously.  Laura
Kimberly, Training Manager for AMIGOS will share her experiences
using this technology.  In addition, a short videotape of a pilot
book repair training session taught by Ann Frellsen, Conservator in
the Preservation Office of Emory University will offer opportunities
to explore the strengths and limitations of the technology.

Discussion topics will include an overview of the necessary
technology; helpful hints on videoconferencing; early lessons
learned; and the differences in the learning experience when
training is delivered through technology versus the traditional
workshop setting.  The feasibility of delivering this training will
also be addressed in discussion of the availability of sites that
can accommodate video teleconferencing.

Participants are encouraged to explore ways in which this technology
could expand the delivery of training to wider audiences, and to
join in frank discussion of what would be needed to initiate
successful, collaborative teaching using this equipment.

Karen E.K. Brown
Field Service Representative
100 Brickstone Square
Andover, MA  01810-1494
978-470-1010 x223
Fax: 978-475-6021

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