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Pinyin Marking Project Completed October 2002

On October 17, 2002 Jay Woodson and a small team of student workers successfully completed a yearlong marking project. The project involved remarking 13,988 Chinese volumes from the former Wade-Giles system to Pinyin. The marking project followed from the University of Iowa Libraries Pinyin bibliographic conversion project.

For decades, American libraries used the Wade-Giles system to romanize Chinese texts; however, the international community, the U.S. Government & news media adopted the Pinyin system. In October of 2000, the Library of Congress replaced the Wade-Giles system with the Pinyin system of romanization. The University of Iowa Libraries, like all American libraries, converted to the Pinyin system as well.

Jay Woodson, Marking Assistant, with a remarked Pinyin volume.

Jay Woodson, Marking Assistant, with a remarked Pinyin volume.

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Russian Museum Officers Tour Preservation Department, October 2002

On October 7th, 2002 the UI Preservation Department hosted a tour for twelve Russian museum officers. The group was traveling the U.S. as part of an international visitor program on museum management.

Nancy Kraft welcomed the visitors on behalf of the department and the library Director. She then offered comments on our disaster response planning and the various initiatives involved. Gary Frost also welcomed the group and presented a display of binding models that represent the long history of sewn board structures associated with the Eastern Church tradition. Jim Croft offered background and discussion on bone tool technology and linen thread. Kristin Baum described our current efforts to digitize the department monitoring of storage conditions, which are based on Climate Notebook/ PEM datalogger technology developed at the Image Permanence Institute. Kristin also described her project on natural dyeing of hand made papers. Lucy David, our volunteer in the Conservation Lab, described her work in book repair. Finally, Carlo Mori described his training and projects as an Intern in the department.

Russian visitors and Gary Frost (in blue) listen to Jim Croft (center) explain how the Russian import of flax played an important role in bookbinding history.

Russian visitors and Gary Frost (in blue) listen to Jim Croft (center) explain how the Russian import of flax played an important role in bookbinding history.

The group was enthusiastic throughout the one-hour tour and asked many important questions. The entire exchange was supportedby very talented translation, but the immediacy of the exchange was apparent by all the animation, on both sides.

Their visit to the University of Iowa also included a visit to the Iowa Women’s Archives, the Museum of Natural History, University of Iowa Museum of Art, and the Medical Museum in the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Their trip to Iowa is also to include visits to the Iowa Children’s Museum, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum & Library, among other stops.

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Italian Intern in Preservation Department

Preservation Department will be hosting Italian intern Carlo Mori from August- December 2002. Carlo is in his second year at the Fondazione per la Conservazione e il Restauro dei Beni Librari, located in the Umbrian town of Spoleto, a program whichinstructs students from all countries of Europe.

Carlo at work on a 14th century Italian missal.

Carlo at work on a 14th century Italian missal.

Carlo’s curriculum at the Spoleto program includes codicology, conservation and preservation, with courses taught by Tom and Sylvia Albro, Robert Futernick, Chris Clarkson, Nicholas Pickwoad, Tony Cains and John L. Sharpe. The school will also conduct research in the field of book and paper conservation. The program consists of two years in academic and bench studies, with a third-year internship in recognized conservation laboratories outside Italy.

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Parchment Maker Jesse Meyer visits University of Iowa, September 2002

Jesse Meyer, a young vellum and parchment maker, from Montgomery, New York, made a visit to our shop at the UI Libraries on September19, 2002. He provided a wonderfully clear and well expressed narrative of his long family history in leather tannage, which dates back 450 years, originating in Germany. He also taught us the basics of his own craft of making deer, goat and calf skin vellum. Jesse is the only known parchment maker in North America.

If you are interested in learning more about Jesse’s parchment, you can contact him at mctanner@pioneeris.net.

Jesse (pictured on left) shows excited particpants a variety of his deer skin parchment

Jesse (pictured on left) shows excited particpants a variety of his deer skin parchment

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Preservation Department presents Hand Bookbinding at the Iowa State Fair August 2002

On Tuesday, August 13th, Gary Frost, UIL Conservator, taught book sewing to kids of all ages at the Iowa State Fair. Young fair goers were able to pick from a colorful array of cover papers and then sew their cover and specially printed sheets into souvenir booklets. The hands-on exhibit was presented by the Preservation department as part of the entertainments at the University of Iowa booth at the Fair.

Gary Frost, UIL Conservator

Gary Frost, UIL Conservator

Adults, including teachers and librarians, also took an interest in the hand bookbinding exhibit. A surprising number of Fair visitors told stories of early job experiences in the publications industries. Gary reported that,”the traffic was immense with plenty of real interest in the UICB Bookbinding kits that we had on display.”

George McCrory, from UI’s University Relations, was also pleased with the Library participation which provided contrast with other medical and physics presentations. Gary encouraged more participation of the Libraries as well as the School of Library & Information Science in future Iowa Fair presentations.

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Craig Jensen visits for top-down scanner/PPP Consultation June 2002

The UI and ISU Preservation Department’s hosted preservation imaging expert Craig Jensen at the University of Iowa Libraries from June 19-21, 2002. Jensen, who is based in Austin, Texas, co-developed the Elan GMK PPP (Precise Page Positioning) software used by both departments. Jensen provided instruction and problem solving advice with regards to the preservation imaging configuration of the Minolta PS7000 top-down scanner and PPP (Precise Page Positioning) software.

The subject of the tutorial was book imaging for production of paper facsimile. The group worked with several target texts in both book format and scanned microfilm. Jensen offered suggestions to more efficiently and successfully operate the equipment and advice on book handling and quality control. Both departments felt it was an immensely productive and enjoyable visit due to Craig’s knowledge, skill, and humor.

Craig Jensen in the PPP driver's seat.

Craig Jensen in the PPP driver's seat.

UI Assistant Conservator, Kristin Baum, and ISU Head of Reformatting, Cindy Wahl, work on a target book with Craig,

UI Assistant Conservator, Kristin Baum, and ISU Head of Reformatting, Cindy Wahl, work on a target book with Craig, who advised them in book handling and scanning techniques. The imaging job was projected on the wall above so other participants could view the image processing.

Craig, seated in front of the Minolta PS7000 Top-down scanner, answers questions from UI & ISU participants.

Craig, seated in front of the Minolta PS7000 Top-down scanner, answers questions from UI & ISU participants.

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Field Trip to Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa May 2002

On May 30th, 2002, the UI Preservation Department headed west to Ames, Iowa, to visit its counterpart at Iowa State University. The day’s events provided an opportunity to tour ISU’s Preservation Department including the Collections Conservation, Binding, and Preservation Reformatting Sections.

The visit was the first in a series to establish a collaborative effort between the UI and ISU Preservation Departments. Future collaboration will include the development and streamlining of Preservation Imaging workflow utilizing the Minolta PS7000 top-down scanner in conjunction with the PPP (Precise Page Positioning) software.

Nancy Kraft, UI Head of Preservation, and Ivan Hanthorn, ISU Conservator, evaluate a document at the light table, while Susan Hansen, Bu Wilson (both from UI) and Cindy Wahl (of ISU) look on.

Nancy Kraft, UI Head of Preservation, and Ivan Hanthorn, ISU Conservator, evaluate a document at the light table, while Susan Hansen, Bu Wilson (both from UI) and Cindy Wahl (of ISU) look on.

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Nancy Kraft’s 1 year anniversary at the UI Libraries

April 16, 2002 marks the one year anniversary of Nancy Kraft’s leadership of the Preservation Department at the the UI Libraries. She has done a great job heading up the department and been remarkably productive in her first year. Preservation staff helped her celebrate by decorating her office and giving her a small surprise party.

Nancy Kraft

Nancy Kraft

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Completion of Boxing Project for Iowa Women’s Archives

The holdings of the Louise Noun-Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives at the UI Main Library include a diverse collection of dozens and dozens of scrapbooks made by Iowa women. The Conservation Department has made protective boxes for these unusual and sometimes fragile items. Since August 2001, Assistant Conservator, Kristin Baum, with the assistance of student interns Rachel Lapkin, Julie Cobb, and Tatiana Ginsberg, completed more than 85 custom enclosures in seven months, and a total of 125 custom enclosures have been made for this collection since 1999. The initial project is completed, although boxing will continue as additional scrapbooks are acquired by the Iowa Women’s Archives.

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Field Trip to Library Binding Services, Des Moines (November 2001)

On November 27, 2001 a group of staff and students at the UI Libraries, took a trip to Library Binding Services (LBS) in Des Moines, Iowa. The purpose of the trip was twofold. The morning tours were designed to educate library staff about the manufacturing of the LBS products they use. Staff were asked to consider LBS facilities with a vision for potential future collaboration on binding based products that would enhance the maintenance and housing of the collections at the UI Libraries. The afternoon visit to Fritz James’ private library provided students a unique opportunity to study some interesting historical book structures. Participating in the trip were preservation staff Nancy Kraft, Gary Frost, Kristin Baum, and Susan Hansen, Sid Huttner, Head of Special Collections, as well as students from the class Structure of the Handmade Book.

In business since 1927, LBS is a chief manufacturer and converter of binding materials. Their commitment to research and development of binding products has lead to the development of two additional company divisions: Corporate Image, which manufactures presentation packaging such as binders, folders, software packaging; and Archival Products, which manufactures high quality preservation enclosures.

Highlights of our visit, which was graciously hosted by Fritz James, President of LBS, included:

TOUR OF CORPORATE IMAGE

The tour included visits to the Sample Wall, pre-press area, and the plant. The plant boasts a variety of advanced equipment including a 6-color German press. Innovation is key at Corporate Image and it is demonstrated by their ability to adapt their machines for a variety of product manufacturing.

Fritz James, President of LBS, and Sid Huttner, Head of UI Special Collections

Fritz James, President of LBS, and Sid Huttner, Head of UI Special Collections. In the background is the "Sample Wall," a diverse and impressive collection of Corporate Image product samples, including their Presentation and Easel Binders.

Fritz explains

Fritz explains how their specialized binders are covered.

Fritz explains

Fritz James explains the workflow at the Corporate Image facilities.

TOUR OF ARCHIVAL PRODUCTS

On this tour we learned how pamphlet and music binders, four flap enclosures, and other folders are produced. Much of the production is accomplished by hand.

Janice comer

Janice Comer, Division Manager at Archival Products, explains the workflow of the Archival Products facilities while we watch the production of Pamphlet Binders.


TOUR OF LBS

At the LBS Facilities, we learned how cloth is custom cut for each individual customer, as well as how endsheets are produced.

Lang Wightman

Lang Wightman, LBS Vice President, Production, explains how customized endsheets are manufactured.


Following the tours, we were provided lunch and an opportunity to discuss future collaborations with Fritz James and Janice Comer, Archival Products Manager.

After lunch, Fritz welcomed us into his home and personal library for a spectacular review of his collections. The students in Gary Frost’s Structure of the Handmade Book course were given the opportunity to study some impressive exemplars of the Ethiopian binding and 19th century Victorian publisher’s cloth binding.

Fitz James

Fritz James in his personal library.


The trip to the LBS facilities proved to be interesting, informative and valuable. The Preservation Department has gained a better understanding of the product potential at LBS and how a collaboration with them could greatly contribute to the care of the collections at the UI Libraries.