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TGIF Sorta’

Friday, May 25, 2012 The time at OceanTeacher Academy flew by and it is already Friday! We had a great group of students who stayed engaged and worked hard. In the afternoon, Caitlin demonstrated several things including how to make a four flap enclosure and a simple archival paper wrap as options for providing protectionContinue reading “TGIF Sorta’”

Protecting Fragile Material

Thursday, May 24, 2012 We spent the morning at OceanTeacher Academy practicing stitching single-signature pamphlets into binders and making pockets. Pamphlet binders and pockets are both good ways to protect vulnerable material. We used both commercial and homemade binder covers for our pamphlets. A pocket can be used to keep a CD, pamphlet, map orContinue reading “Protecting Fragile Material”

Visiting the National Archives in Bruges

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Today we visited the National Archives in Bruges at their old facility and the new facility that they will move into this August. Archivist Luc Janssens talked about how he organized the archives collection by size in order to maximize the shelving space. There are four different height and width sizesContinue reading “Visiting the National Archives in Bruges”

Dual tracks: Book Repair and Preservation Planning

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 During our week at OceanTeacher Academy, we are learning the basics of book repair for circulating collectons and preservation planning. Today we learned about mending page tears and tipping in loose pages. We stressed that these mends are for circulating collections only and not for special collections or rare books. TheContinue reading “Dual tracks: Book Repair and Preservation Planning”

OceanTeacher Academy Preservation Course

Monday, May 21, 2012 Our first day at OceanTeacher Academy ( Preservation of Books and Other Media was very productive in spite of students and teachers suffering from jet lag and the challenge of understanding each other. The students are from Ghana, Vietnam, Seychelles, Cuba, Namibia, Latvia, Ukraine, Latvia, Jamaica, Kenya, Mauritius, and Pakistan. WeContinue reading “OceanTeacher Academy Preservation Course”

Planning for the Future

Friday, February 17, 2012 Vietnam Institute of Oceanography started in 1922 as “Service Océanographiques des Pêches de l’Indochine and specializes in oceanography of Vietnam. One of the special collections is the records of the Expedition of Cooperation of Vietnam and China in Tonkin Gulf, 1959-1961. So far these records are in good condition. These recordsContinue reading “Planning for the Future”

Being Resourceful

Thursday, February 16, 2012 Ms. Yen, Librarian for the Vietnam Institute of Oceanography, needs to make the most of her limited resources. Here she has designed a simple protector for a fragile map. She used a poster, turned it over to the back side and made corners to hold the map in place. Maybe someContinue reading “Being Resourceful”

Visiting the Vietnam National Archives Center IV

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Today we visited the National Archives Center IV in Dalat, Vietnam. This visit was in sharp contrast to our visit to the Vietnam Institute of Oceanography. Our visit with the VNIO was quite causal and informal. Today’s meeting was very formal, complete with speeches, a gift, and several photo sessions. LindaContinue reading “Visiting the Vietnam National Archives Center IV”

Assessing Rare Books

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Today we worked with the rare books. Two years ago Yen prepared a list of rare books for review. Both Linda and Yen checked different sources to determine how widely the titles were held and if they have been digitized. From this list we selected only three titles (20 volumes) toContinue reading “Assessing Rare Books”

Visiting Vietnam Institute of Oceanography Library

Monday, February 13, 2012 Linda Pikula and I met with Yen and Van to discuss preservation and possible digitization of select portions of their library collection at the Vietnamese Institute of Oceanography Library. The biggest challenge is that the library is quite close to the ocean where ships dock. These ships bring in a lotContinue reading “Visiting Vietnam Institute of Oceanography Library”