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Library Collections Conservation Discussion Group

From: Heather Kaufman <caldwell<-a>
Date: Monday, March 21, 2005
Since the information in the AIC Annual Meeting catalog is quite
brief, we wanted to provide you with more details about the Library
Collections Conservation Discussion Group (LCCDG) to assist you in
planning your AIC schedules.

LCCDG will feature two topics at AIC's 2005 Annual Meeting in
Minneapolis.  First on the agenda is an update from the AIC
Collections Care Task Force.  Julie Reilly, Associate Director and
Chief Conservator, Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, Nebraska
State Historical Society, will present a brief history of the task
force and its findings to date. The task force was asked to define
the role of conservation technicians in an institutional setting.
Members also investigated the range of tasks that technicians
perform, and discussed the skills that are required to perform those

Our second agenda item is an open discussion entitled "Self
Preservation."  Institutions are asking collections conservators to
wear many hats.  We are required to be not only conservators, but
administrators, managers, trainers, and authors. How do we balance
workplace demands with our own professional interests and needs?
What motivates us? How do we maintain enthusiasm over the long-term
when faced with more "other duties as required" and less bench time?
We welcome your ideas and input and anticipate a lively exchange!

Beth Doyle
Collections Conservator, Duke University

Heather Kaufman
Preservation Services Librarian, MIT

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:46
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Received on Monday, 21 March, 2005

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