Day 2-Preservation Week: Cotton Gloves & Paper Artifacts

It’s day two of Preservation Week. Please enjoy this tip of the day. Don’t forget to stop by our table in the library concourse from 2-4 today to meet Preservation staff and learn about conservation treatment.

Did you know, cotton gloves are not generally recommended when handling paper artifacts. Clean, dry hands are preferred. Gloves are appropriate when handling items that may be affected by skin oils such as photographs or metal objects.

Still want more? Sign up for this FREE ALCTS webinar:

Preservation Week: Caring for Family Keepsakes

Thursday, April 25, at 2pm. Sign-up here to receive your access link.

 
About the webinar:
This presentation highlights basic archival care for common family treasures such as photo albums, loose photographs, Bibles, clocks, jewelry, and more. Dozens of photos illustrate proper storage practices, and damage resulting from poor storage and common hazards such as silverfish, mold, and acid migration. Discover what to save when you inherit a houseful of “treasures,” how and where to store your keepsakes, and how to set up a home archive so you can easily access items for research and sharing.
 
The Preservation Team
 
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Jen Hunt Johnson

Special Collections Conservator

Preservation Week-Day One: How to Help Preserve Books

How to Help Preserve Books

  • Don’t store them in areas with excessive amounts of light — especially daylight or fluorescent.
  • Avoid shelving them in locations with extreme temperature and relative humidity or rapid fluctuation in environmental conditions.
  • Avoid placing bookshelves against outside walls or near sources of heat (e.g., fireplaces or radiators).
  • Where books are in regular use, a steady temperature of around 70° F and 50% relative humidity is recommended.

Did you know?

The rate of deterioration accelerates as temperature and relative humidity levels increase.

Want to know more? Stop by our table in the library concourse to pick up a Preservation bookmark, and Caring for Your Treasures brochure. Or chat with staff during two live sessions:

  • Tuesday,2pm-4pm: Conservation Treatment
  • Friday, noon-2pm: Preventive Approaches to Collections Care

We look forward to seeing you! The Preservation Team

Jen Hunt Johnson

Special Collections Conservator

ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence 2019–2020 Call for Applications from Undergraduates—Deadline April 26, 2019

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the 2019–2020 Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence, a program that introduces undergraduates from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups to the library and information science discipline.

The Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence offers a paid internship with a focus on digital stewardship in a partner ARL library or archive, participation in the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, formal mentorship, financial support for student membership in a professional organization, and attendance at a capstone institute. Participants will develop leadership skills and will receive training in topics related to diversity, equity, and social justice.

This program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants will meet all of the following criteria:

  • Identify as being from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canadaor Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) people classifications
    • Be a resident of the United States or Canada
    • Currently be enrolled as an undergraduate at an institution whose library is an ARL member
    • Express an interest in exploring possible career and graduate school options in the library and information science or archives field, as well as an interest in receiving training in topics related to diversity, equity, and social justice
    • Express commitment to the fundamental values and mission of libraries and archives

    To Apply

    All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on Friday, April 26, 2019:

    • Online application form
    • Résumé
    • Essay (500 words maximum) on your interest in the fellowship and the knowledge, skills, interest, or abilities you would bring to the library or archives environment
    • Unofficial undergraduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester completed
    • Two letters of recommendation (See application requirements for details.)

    For more information about the program and the application process, visit the Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence webpages.


    About the Association of Research Libraries

    The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

Job posting: Library of Congress, Chief of the African & Middle Eastern Division

Posting:  Administrative Librarian (Chief, African & Middle Eastern Division)

 Please note that the application window is short (due April 18, 2019). Also note that this is an executive-level job and as such the ideal candidate should have experience managing a center, school or large department.

Africanists should still apply because the languages listed as the most critical competencies for the job only apply to 1/3 of the countries and regions covered by the African & Middle Eastern Division.

Qualifications:

Knowledge of the countries, languages, and regions of Africa or the Middle East; preferably Hebrew, Arabic, Persian and Turkish**:  The successful candidate has professional knowledge of the countries, languages and regions of Africa or the Middle East in order to command credibility in the research and information communities, to recognize trends in research, and identify collaborative opportunities with persons from the region.“

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/527677600

From the Director of General and International Collections at LC:

‘This is a rare and potentially career-changing opportunity to become a senior-level executive, program ambassador, and collections expert at the Library of Congress. The Chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division is the principal expert at the Library in matters dealing with the 77 countries and regions from Sub-Saharan Africa to the Maghreb and from the Middle East to Central Asia. The position provides oversight and guidance for: acquisitions and collections development; reference and bibliographic services; cataloging and digitization; fellowships; projects, special events, and publications; and collaborations with other institutions and scholarly and professional associations in the US and abroad. We encourage applicants with library, scholarly, academic, and/or information science backgrounds, possessing regional expertise in Africa and/or the Middle East, and linguistic expertise in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, and/or other area languages, to apply for this exciting opportunity to establish this program as an international center of excellence, and to implement the Library’s strategy to expand our reach and deepen our impact, thus fulfilling our mission to engage, inspire, and inform.’

Open & closing dates       03/18/2019 to 04/18/2019  ;     Salary     $126,148 to $189,600 per year

Clarification from the agency

Anyone may apply – By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

A Conversation with Artist, Sandow Birk: March 27, 2019, 4:00pm – 102 Hesburgh Library, Rare Books & Special Collections

Talk Overview

Sandow Birk is a renowned artist whose work critically addresses social issues in American culture. He has translated and illustrated a modern vernacular edition of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, setting it in the contemporary United States, and has produced an English interpretation of the Qur’an with scenes of contemporary American life as visual metaphors. His creative images accompanying the Qur’an and the Divine Comedy pose questions about the limits of interpretation, the relationship of text and image, and the role of the arts in social and political critique.

All are welcome to join us for a talk and conversation with Birk about his work on March 27 at 4pm in Rare Books & Special Collections located on the 1st Floor of Hesburgh Library.

Sponsored by

The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies, the Center for Italian Studies, the Program in Liberal Studies, and Hesburgh Libraries.

Win a Fullbright Fellowship Information Session geared for Graduate Students

  • Event Title:  Fulbright General Information Session (“Win A Fulbright Fellowship”)
  • Location:  Hesburgh Library Scholars Lounge (Across from Au Bon Pain)
  • Date:  Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Event Time:  2:00 – 3:00pm
  • Reservation Time:  1:30 – 3:30pm (to allow for set up and clean up)
  • Sponsor:  Office of Grants & Fellowships at the Graduate School
Additional Details:  The Office of Grants & Fellowships at the Graduate School will offer a one-hour presentation for all interested graduate students about the Fulbright US Student Program. The presentation will give an overview of the program and its application, as well as the advantages to participating as a graduate student researcher or teacher, followed by time for Q&A.
The goal is to encourage ND graduate students to apply to the Fulbright program, to spend a year conducting research or teaching English overseas, and to begin preparing their applications well in advance of the Fall deadline. The session will run from 2-3pm, with 30 mins on either side for setup and clean up. This event is open to anyone who wishes to attend, targeting ND graduate students.

Opportunity for Undergraduates: Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence 2019-2020 Call for Applications-Deadline: April 26, 2019

Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence 2019–2020 Call for Applications—Deadline April 26, 2019

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the 2019–2020 Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence, a program that introduces undergraduates from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups to the library and information science discipline.

The Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence offers a paid internship with a focus on digital stewardship in a partner ARL library or archive, participation in the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, formal mentorship, financial support for student membership in a professional organization, and attendance at a capstone institute. Participants will develop leadership skills and will receive training in topics related to diversity, equity, and social justice.

This program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants will meet all of the following criteria:

  • Identify as being from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canadaor Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) people classifications

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada

  • Currently be enrolled as an undergraduate at an institution whose library is an ARL member

  • Express an interest in exploring possible career and graduate school options in the library and information science or archives field, as well as an interest in receiving training in topics related to diversity, equity, and social justice

  • Express commitment to the fundamental values and mission of libraries and archives

To Apply

All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on Friday, April 26, 2019:

  • Online application form

  • Résumé

  • Essay (500 words maximum) on your interest in the fellowship and the knowledge, skills, interest, or abilities you would bring to the library or archives environment

  • Unofficial undergraduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester completed

  • Two letters of recommendation (See application requirements for details.)

For more information about the program and the application process, visit the Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence webpages.

Hesburgh Libraries Upcoming Workshop: Register Now!

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Workshop Overview

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer-based platform used for the storage, visualization, analysis, and interpretation of data to understand spatial relationships, patterns, and trends in geographic data.

This workshop will teach participants the fundamentals of GIS, including data types and applications, and offer examples of GIS software and live demos.

Where: Navari Center for Digital Scholarship (2nd Floor-Hesburgh Library)

220 Hesburgh Library

March 278, 2019

12:00pm-1:00pm

Register Today