Professional development- opportunities abound!

As always, you can also see what’s coming up through the Educational Opportunities Calendar. Keep reading for details about all the great conferences, CFPs, scholarships and more opportunities below!

Deadline to register is Tuesday, October 30, 2012

 The Next Chapter: Rare Books in Modern Times

Presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts

November 13 & 14, 2012

Philadelphia, PA

Hosted and co-sponsored by:

American Philosophical Society

Millions of books are contained in 21st-century libraries, museums, archives, and special collections. Those defined as rare may be historically significant, scarce, unusual or innovative in format, or otherwise unique. The evolution from handwritten text to printed volume and digital page is indicative of cultural and intellectual growth and parallels improvements in the use and care of books. The book in modern times is a source of knowledge and a work of art. This two-day program will explore the definition of the rare book within the context of its physical history and current preservation concerns. Presenters will also address ways to engage the public with rare book collections in conservation work and exhibition planning.

Topics will include:

* Identification and description of historical bindings

* Preservation priorities and conservation issues for rare books in the digital age

* Digitization selection

* Objectives in targeting volumes for conservation treatment

* Rare book exhibition planning and interpretation

Program Fees:

$225 CCAHA members

$250 Non-members

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

More information about this program and online registration is available atwww.ccaha.org/education/program-calendar. Major funding for this program was generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), with additional support from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Independence Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

CFP: ALCTS PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group at 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting

The ALCTS PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group invites speakers to participate at the Digital Preservation Interest Group session at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 from 8:30-10:00 AM.

The mission of the ALCTS PARS Digital Preservation Interest Group is to serve as a venue for discussing the preservation management of digital assets whether commercial, born-digital or converted from analog formats.

Presentation topics should be of current interest to technical services librarians, preservation librarians, digital librarians, and archivists.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

-Digital preservation planning

-Digital preservation of special formats such as social media, digital humanities projects, websites, research data, email, etc.

-Digital preservation tools and systems

-Collaborative digital preservation efforts

-Digital preservation strategies such as format migration, replication, or emulation

-Digital preservation best practices

-Trusted Digital Repository certification

-The economics of digital preservation

-Training for digital preservation job responsibilities

-Digital preservation challenges

-Digital preservation success or failure stories

Presentations should be approximately 15-20 minutes in length. Additional time will be allowed for questions and discussion.

Please send abstracts of proposals to co-chairs by Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. If you have questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Digital Preservation Interest Group Co-Chairs:

Sibyl Schaefer

Assistant Director, Head of Digital Programs, Rockefeller Archive Center

SSchaefer@rockarch.org

Meghan Banach Bergin

Coordinator, Bibliographic Access and Metadata Unit, University of Massachusetts Amherst

mbanach@library.umass.edu

Proposals are due by November 1, 2012

The Association of Architecture School Librarians holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Our 2013 Conference will take place in San Francisco, CA from March 21-24, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Union Square.

The AASL 2013 Conference Planning Committee is requesting proposals for two Special Focus Panels to be held Friday, March 22, 2013; the first will be a one-hour session for a series of up to 7 lightning talks (not more than six minutes long, not more than 15 slides) on topics pertinent to architectural librarianship. The second session (1.5 hours) will host three panelists and focus on academic topics(15 minute long presentations).

Lightning Talk Proposals

Lightning talks, also known as Pecha Kucha, encourage presenters to focus on the essential elements of their topic. Themes suggested after last year’s conference include: library participation in the Solar Decathlon, promoting print collections in an e-resource world, developing a green building materials collection, cooperative collection development, new sustainability resources, and for-credit courses in information literacy.

While these topics all merit longer presentations, the six-minute time limit allows the presenter to use visual media to convey his/her message and to focus on only the essential elements of the talk, hopefully promoting discussion after the presentations. There is also little risk that the talk will be boring.

AASL Conference participants interested in presenting a lightning talk, should send a one-paragraph description including proposed title and the speaker’s name and affiliation to David Eifler (deifler@berkeley.edu) by November 1, 2012. The 2013 Conference Committee will review all proposals and will inform applicants of selection decisions by December 1, 2012.

Academic Panel Proposals

Taking cue from the theme of the ACSA 101th Annual Meeting, AASL academic panelists will use the idea of New Constellations/New Ecologies as their starting point.

Panel topics should address ways in which architecture is responding / has responded (or not) to the accelerated rate of change in our culture and environment. Panelists may choose as broad or narrow approach as they see fit as long as they can properly make their argument in the allotted time. They can address or draw from any aspect of architectural practice, theory, history or education.

Possible topics include:

megalopolises, mega-regions

crossdisciplinarity or blurring the boundaries – in and out of architecture

global/local

community-based design

environmental, cultural, technological, or demographic change and its impact on architecture or architectural education

The Academic Panel will allow for three 15-minute presentations and ample time for questions and discussion.

AASL Conference participants may submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Martha González Palacios (martha.gonzalez@austin.utexas.edu) by November 1, 2012. Abstracts should explain the connection of the chosen topic to ACSA 101’s theme, summarize the argument to be presented and include the proposed title and speaker’s name and affiliation. The 2013 Conference Committee will review all proposals and will inform presenter of selection decisions by December 1, 2012.

Call for Applications: ARLIS/NA Gerd Muehsam Award

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is accepting applications for the Gerd Muehsam Award. This award is given annually for a student paper or web project focused on a topic relevant to art librarianship or visual curatorship. Current students and recent graduates in library studies, art history, museum studies, and studio art are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2012.

For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA web site: http://www.arlisna.org/about/awards/muehsam_info.html

 The Program Committee is now accepting proposals for Posters for the 41st annual ARLIS/NA conference to be held in Pasadena, CA from April 25-29, 2012. The deadline for Poster Session proposals is Friday, November 16, 2012.

A Poster Session is the presentation of a topic or research both visually and through direct interaction with conference attendees at a table. This format encourages one on one discussion and self-paced viewing. Posters may include projects, works in process, and other topics of interest to conference attendees.

To submit a Poster Session proposal for the Pasadena conference please click the link below and complete the online submission form:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ARLISNA-Posters

The ARLIS/NA-VRAF Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management will be held from June 18-June 21, 2013 at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

The members of the collaborative SEI 2013 Implementation Team are:

Amy Trendler (Ball State University), SEI Co-Chair for ARLIS/NA; Betha Whitlow (Washington University), SEI Co-Chair for the VRAF; Meghan Musolff (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), SEI Faculty Liaison and Incoming Co-Chair for the VRAF; Rebecca Price (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), Local Arrangements Chair; Karen Kessel (Sonoma State University), SEI Curriculum Specialist; Ian McDermott (ArtStor), SEI Curriculum Specialist; Adrianna Stephenson (Southern Methodist University), SEI Development Lead; Emily Lemieux (Williams College), SEI Webmaster.

The SEI 2013 website, with a full program and details of the institute, will go live in early December 2012, and registration will begin on January 22, 2013. The SEI is a proven and popular program and fills up each year, so be sure to register early to insure your place. In the meantime, if you have questions about SEI 2013, please contact SEI Co-Chair Betha Whitlow (bwhitlow[at]wustl[dot]edu) or SEI Co-Chair Amy Trendler (aetrendler[at]bsu[dot]edu).

ANNOUNCING: A NEW TRAINING Program for scholars, conservators, archivists and researchers in the Use of Reflectance Transformation imaging (RTI) for Documenting ancient texts and artifacts including the Loan of Imaging Equipment.

The University of Southern California’s West Semitic Research Project

(www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/wsrp) has received grants from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a Training Program in advanced imaging technologies for the documentation of ancient texts and artifacts with an initial emphasis on Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI). The IMLS and the Mellon Foundation have also funded the purchase of imaging equipment to support the Training Program.

The objective of this project is to develop an infrastructure for training scholars, conservators, archivists and researchers in the use of RTI technology and subsequently to lend the necessary imaging equipment to participants in the training program so they can do an initial RTI documentation project either in field environments (archaeological sites, etc.) or in libraries, museums and/or other similar venues, worldwide. This initial undertaking should be understood to be a pilot project that can develop into an ongoing, broader documentary effort and preferably may also serve as the catalyst for establishing a consortial network for image documentation of a given corpus (or corpora) of ancient texts and/or artifacts. All equipment to be lent out is both rugged and compact and is thus ideal for doing sophisticated imaging in remote locations. Twenty-four awards over three years (approximately eight per year) for traineeships will be provided based on the merit and intrins ic importance of a proposed pilot imaging project as well as the appropriateness of the subject matter for RTI imaging.

For more information, see http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/wsrp/Training_Program.pdf

or contact Marilyn Lundberg (mlundber@usc.edu) or Bruce Zuckerman (bzuckerm@usc.edu).

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