Archive for February, 2010

Tentative Summer 2010 Course Schedule Released

GSLIS’s tentative summer 2010 schedule was recently released. If you’re interested in archives and special collections, there are lots of courses to choose from, including:

  • LIS 590DB Descriptive Bibliography, June 7-18
  • LIS 590PM Paper in the Scholarly World, May 24 – June 4 (except Memorial Day)
  • LIS 590RB Rare Book and Special Collections, May 24 – June 4 (except Memorial Day)
  • LIS 590SR Reference Sources for Rare Books, June 7 – 18
  • LIS 490BA Book Arts Seminar, July 31 – Aug 4
  • LIS 590AA Archival Arrangement and Description for Archives and Museums (highly recommended for students interested in archives), June 21 – July 2
  • LIS 590BB Bookbinding: History, Principles, and Practice, July 26 – July 30
  • LIS 590LP Letterpress Printing,  June 21 – July 2

Be aware this schedule is not final and could change. For more information on these courses, visit:

In addition, all of these courses count toward a Graduate Certificate in Special Collections. For more information about this certificate, click this link:

posted by: Shannon Lausch


February 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Announcing a new group! (part of SAA student chapter)

Are you looking for a way to learn more about the theory and history of archival and special collections work and to discuss your ideas? If so, please come and join fellow SAA members on Wednesday, February 17th from 6:30-7:30pm in GSLIS Room 109 for the first meeting of our new journal club focused on archives and special collections.

For the first meeting we’ll be discussing Heather MacNeil’s article “Trusting Description: Authenticity, Accountability, and Archival Description Standards.” We plan on meeting every other week at the same time and place and rotating who gets to pick the article for discussion. So if you have an article you are burning to discuss with your peers, come to the meeting and sign up for a week to lead discussion!

When: Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Where: GSLIS Room 109
What time: 6:30-7:30pm

Heather MacNeil, “Trusting Description: Authenticity, Accountability, and Archival Description Standards”, Journal of Archival Organization, Volume 7, Issue 3, July 2009 , pages 89 – 107. (available through library ORR)

NOTE: Of special note for individuals interested in preservation/conservation are MacNeil’s consideration of the need to keep good documentation of all conservation treatments and the need to integrate this documentation into other description tools provided for archival records.

written by: Megan Toups

February 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

Recorded ‘Academy of Certified Archivists Panel’ Now Available

If you weren’t able to attend the “Academy of Certified Archivists Panel,” or if you’d like to listen to it again, you can access the recorded session with this link:

Real Audio File:

You don’t need to be a registered Moodle user to access this session.

Learn how being a certified archivist can help your career, the qualifications necessary, what the test is like, and more.

posted by: Shannon Lausch

February 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

Simple Book and Paper Repair Workshop — March 5th (SPACE LIMITED)

If you are interested in learning about simple book and paper repairs, this workshop is for you!

The UIUC Book Conservation Lab and the student chapter of the Society of American Archivists are holding a simple book and paper repair workshop on March 5th, 2010 from 6pm to 8:30pm. Professor Jennifer Hain Teper, Head of the Conservation Department, will provide an introduction to simple repairs such as mending tears, tip ins, hinge tightening, surface cleaning, and consolidation of frayed cloth corners. Students will leave with a basic knowledge of simple repairs and a few tools (materials for book weights and bone folder) which they can use in future repairs. Space is limited to 12 students and is on a first come, first serve basis. Cost for the workshop is $25 and is non-refundable.

If you are interested please go to the following website to reserve your space for the workshop. Please sign up by next Monday, Feb. 15th.

Website to register:

Hope to see you there!

written by: Megan Toups

February 8, 2010 at 11:15 pm Leave a comment


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