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[BKARTS] Brodsky Series Lectures on Library Conservation and Preservation Now Available Online

I am pleased to announce that the lectures from the Brodsky Series for
Advancement of Library Conservation have been made available online.
Since 2005, the Brodsky Series has brought to Syracuse University
Library some of the leading proponents of the library conservation and
preservation field. The format of the Series includes public lectures
and hands-on weekend workshops. While the focus of Series is on
conservation and preservation, speakers and workshop topics have been
designed to appeal to a broad audience that encompasses many other
facets of the book arts, something reflected by those the Series has
attracted.  John Dean, Preservation and Conservation Librarian at
Cornell University Library, inaugurated the series with his lecture on
Conservation and Preservation in the Digital Age, a subject he is
uniquely qualified to speak on. Since arriving in the US from England in
the 1970s, Dean has helped shape and lead the field of library
conservation and preservation, created an apprenticeship program for
conservators, and contributed to the development of digitization as a
tool for preservation and access. Hedi Kyle, retired conservator at the
American Philosophical Society, book artist, and arguably one of the
most creative and innovative personalities in the fields of conservation
and book arts presented the second lecture on the development of
preservation enclosures and other innovative solutions for protecting
the myriad of artifacts found in libraries, archives, and museums. This
was followed by a 2-day, hands-on, workshop on the construction of a
series of nested preservation enclosures. Gary Frost, Conservator at the
University of Iowa Libraries, spoke on the "Aesthetics of Book
Conservation" in which he explored the subtle art and the quiet passions
of book conservators as these work to craft appropriate and sympathetic
conservation treatments. This was followed by a 2-day, hands-on,
workshop in which participants learned the Coptic binding style and its
modern counterpart, the sewn boards binding. The latter structure was
developed by Frost as a simple yet robust binding that ensures easy
openability. These lectures are now available online in the Windows
Media format at
<http://library.syr.edu/information/spcollections/brodsky/> in three
compression/quality levels. This service is provided through Syracuse
University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management that developed the
Ensemble Video, <http://ensemblevideo.com/>. In addition to the videos,
the full text and images from the workshops are also available online.
The response to the Brodsky Series on campus and in the region has been
tremendous, and we look forward to being able to share the Series with a
wider audience.  Peter Verheyen~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Peter D.
Preservation & Digital Access Librarian
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244

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