The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 26, Number 3
Nov 2002


CLIR & Cornell Launch Web-Based Tutorial

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Cornell University Library have launched the first in a series of Web-based tutorials on preservation and conservation, primarily for the use of libraries and archives in Southeast Asia. Funding is by the Henry Luce Foundation.

The tutorial includes a self-assessment tool that helps users evaluate their level of preservation, an instructional narrative, a resource guide to local suppliers of conservation materials and equipment and a technical glossary with terms in the vernacular. The narrative has four major sections: Management and planning; Preservation; Building capacity; and Supporting the effort. Each part contains information of particular relevance to preservation in tropical climates (e.g., passive climate control and integrated pest management).

In the UK, Conservation is now under Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries

Conservation programs in the United Kingdom used to be part of the Library and Information Commission (LIC), under the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. In 2000 the LIC was replaced by Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries. This grouping of cultural institutions that share an interest in conservation seems to be a modern trend.

Resource's website is at and its telephone number is +44(0)20 7273 1444.

Bookbinding History Group is Alive and Well

Two years ago, this newsletter described the AEB and its goals, translated from the German of the original notice in PapierRestaurierung vol. 2 (2002) No. 3, p. 43. This year the AEB announced its annual conference, scheduled for 26-28 September in combination with the Dutch-Belgian binding group. The program included discussion of terminology and the various operations in the binding of a book.

The organization has a publication that appears twice yearly, Einband-Forschung (Bookbinding Research), and also a project to digitize rubbings of bindings from the 15th and 16th century (

The next annual meetings are planned for 2003 in Graz and 2004 in Würzburg. Contact: Andreas Wittenberg, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Ab. Hist. Drucke, Unter den Linden 8, D-10117 Berlin, <>.


Both companies provide preservation services to libraries and archives. Preservation Technologies' main processing facility in Cranberry Township near Pittsburgh, is the largest operation of its kind, and serves major research libraries throughout North America. Preservation Technologies B.V. clients are primarily located in the Benelux region of Europe, Germany, and France and include the Royal Library of the Netherlands, the Dutch National Archives, and many regional libraries and archives.

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