Friday, May 1, 2015

Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections

The NEDCC (Northeast Document Conservation Center) announces a newly revised and expanded version of Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections, the "free online textbook that provides a basic introduction to the concepts and standards used to build an effective preservation program, and includes discussion of preservation policies, building and environment, care and handling of collection materials, reformatting, emergency preparedness, and conservation practices."

This newly revised edition includes expanded information on caring for audiovisual collections, digital preservation and copyright, and emergency management. The textbook includes activities and readings designed to aid institutions and private individuals performing their own preservation planning. The Preservation 101 course has a long history as an authoritative and succinct reference for professionals, students, and individuals.

The online textbook can be used as a self-guided workshop on preservation techniques and principles.  The NEDCC also offers instructor-led Preservation 101 workshops throughout the year.

Friday, February 13, 2015

CAA publishes a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts

CAA's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts was released on February 8, 2015.  The news release describes the project--which was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and was begun in 2012--as providing:
...visual-arts professionals with a set of principles addressing best practices in the fair use of copyrighted materials. It describes how fair use can be invoked and implemented when using copyrighted materials in scholarship, teaching, museums, archives, and in the creation of art.
Section 2 (page 10) of the Code addresses "Teaching about Art" and Fair Use. An equally informative document released by CAA discusses Frequently Asked Questions about copyright.  Both are relatively short (the Code is 20 pages) and very readable.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

George Eastman House's 12-part video series "Photographic Processes Series"!

The George Eastman House released a 12-part video series last month that examines the history of photography from the perspective of its technology. Photographic Processes Seriesavailable on YouTube, starts with the silhouette and traces photography’s development through daguerreotypes, cyanotypes, Kodachrome, and right up to digital.

This series looks really fascinating!  Eastman House uses photographs from its vaults to illustrate the series and demonstrate the processes. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wellcome Collection's newest digital initiative project: Mindcraft

The Wellcome Collection in London has produced a multi-media "digital story" (part essay, part documentary video, part slide show) called Mindcraft.

The Wellcome describes the project:
Mindcraft explores a century of madness, murder and mental healing, from the arrival in Paris of Franz Anton Mesmer with his theories of 'animal magnetism' to the therapeutic power of hypnotism used by Freud. 
Through an immersive scrolling interface including image galleries, video, and interactives, Mindcraft will take you on a journey that asks who really is in control of their own mind, and where does the mind's power to harm or heal end?
Mindcraft is written by author and curator Mike Jay, and developed by award-winning digital agency Clearleft. Mindcraft can be explored on a desktop browser or tablet.
The Wellcome Collection, which describes itself as a "free destination for the incurably curious," houses the collections of Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853-1936).  He was a philanthropist, entrepreneur, pharmacist, and collector who amassed an enormous collection related to medicine and health.