Volume 15, Number 4
The Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN), a shared computer
system that makes possible an enormous shared bibliographical
database for cataloging, ordering and preservation, is so important
to the libraries that use it that some librarians may have grown
distinctly uneasy, not to say anxious or panicky when they read
about the far-reaching changes planned by James Michalko, the
new president of the Research Libraries Group (RLG), which owns
RLIN. At the March meeting of the RLG's Board of Governors, he
said, "Alternative sources have emerged for many of the products
RLG provided during the 1980s. RLG's efforts in the 1990s should
complement rather than replicate services scholars can obtain
through local systems or other established services." Negotiations
were underway to transfer RLG s' current cataloging activity from
RLIN to OCLC (another "established service," coincidentally);
and economies in operating costs were (and are) seen as important.
Well, it turned out that was not what he meant at all. After
the June Board meeting a press release was issued, in which Michalko
was quoted as saying that RLG will continue to maintain the RLIN
system as a full, current resource for processing, shared resources,
preservation, and other cooperative activities. As you were.
Raise your own Kenaf
Charles Raney, an Iowa hand papermaker, has responded to a request
for information about kenaf, a plant that may one day be used
in commercial papermaking in the U.S. to replace wood fiber.
He says, "Kenaf for the hand papermaker will produce excellent
papers, and its fibers are recommended for use in the pure state
or as a supplement to other fibers in handmade papers.... A firm
in Albuquerque wrote to inform me that they had kenaf seeds for
sale. Their address is IT Products, Box 4795, Albuquerque, NM
871964795. In addition to seeds they have partially processed
fiber and a couple of brochures."
A 1988 article on kenaf from the New York Times is summarized
an P. 74 of the 1989 issue of this Newsletter.
- AMIGOS Bibliographical Council has a new address, effective
July 22: 12200 Park Central Drive, Suite 500, Dallas, IX 75251.
The telephone number and fax are new: 214/8518000; fax 214/991-6061.
The 800 number is unchanged: 800/ 843-8482.
- Colonial Williamsburg has a new post office box number, so
the address is now P.O. Box 1776 MHW, Williamsburg, VA 23187.
- The Flemish Hand Bookbinders Guild (Vlaamse Handboekbindersgilde)
has moved to Krommenelleboog 5, 9000 Gent, Belgium. This is the
organization that operates the school for book conservators, called
- The September 1990 Popular Photography, p. 44-48, has an article
called "Big Prints Pronto," about getting enlarged prints
of color or B/W prints, negatives, and slides. The two color
copiers that do this are the Kodak Create-a-Print enlarging station
(do-it-yourself, analog, fast) and the Canon Laser Copier 500
(must be run by a specialist, digital, fast). In the table comparing
the various features of the two processes, permanence (bright
storage/dark storage) is given as 12.7 to 80+ years for the Create-a-Print,
according to Henry Wilhelm, and one mouth to 10 years for the
Laser Copier in normal storage, according to Canon. To find out
where the nearest machine in your area is, call Canon at 800/628-1924
or Kodak's distributor Noritsu America at 800/445-6325.
- The Nov. 2 Variety, in an article called "Pic Preservation
Board Wants to Shed Labeling," explains the political obstacles
that will keep the Library of Congress and the National Film Preservation
Board from continuing its practice of labeling movies that have
been "colorized" or electronically altered. Congress
does not seem likely to reauthorize the Board if it continues
its practice of labeling altered films as such. Roddy McDowall,
representing the Screen Actors Guild, called such changes "desecrations"
and said, "We have failed to protect works in their original
form. I feel part of a partial lie and I'm not comfortable with
that. It was the fault of the law, which prevented the real thing
from being done."
- Work has begun on a Photographic Materials Conservation Catalog,
by members of the Photographic Materials Group of the AIC. A
meeting was held in Ottawa to discuss it, recruit volunteer authors,
reviewers and contributors, and plan future outline topics. The
first publication is expected in June of 1992.
- ANSI's IT9 Committee met in May in Ottawa and approved a change
in the recommended relative humidity for storage, from 15-507
down to 20-307., because gelatin, dyes and film support all last
much longer at lower humidity. It also replaced the term "long
term," "medium term," and "archival"
with "LE" (life expectancy) members.
- The Barrow Restoration Shop in Richmond, Virginia, carried
on for 14 years after the Barrow Lab closed down, and 24 years
after the death of William J. Barrow. On Feb. 1 it was closed
down for personal reasons, according to Greg Minnick, the most
recent director, and all the equipment sold. Most of the lab
a papers and artifacts have already been turned over to the Virginia
Historical Society, and the rest will go there too.
- Scott Paper, which owns the S.D. Warren Go., is selling assets
not essential to its core businesses. One of those assets is the
Warren mill in Westbrook, where E. Sutermeister worked from about
1900 to about 1952, always promoting the use of alkaline paper made
with calcium carbonate (unfortunately, alkaline size had not yet
been invented. The papers from his research lab are still there
Trusts and Endowments
- The Getty Grant Program of the J. Paul Getty Trust and the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have approved endowments totaling
$500,000 to support internships for students in the Art Conservation
Department at Buffalo State College.
- A former U.S. Senator from Florida has just donated an endowment
trust of $20 million for materials acquisitions and preservation
at the University of Florida Libraries.
- They will be renamed the George A. Smathers Libraries in his
- The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust was established
about two years ago in England to fund preservation of archives
and manuscripts in record offices, libraries ad other publicly
funded institutions. A sum of S100,000 was set aside annually
over a three-year period for funding of repair, binding, listing,
microfilm, and other preservation measures, on a matching basis.
The 1990 annual report of the Trust lists and describes the projects
funded in that year. Address: c/o The British Library, Research
and Development Department, 2Sheratm St., London W1V 4BH.
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