BPG Annual Meeting News

by Michelle Facini | May 05, 2016

2016 AIC Annual Meeting: Destination Montréal: 2016 AIC & CAC-ACCR

Be sure to purchase a ticket to join your Book and Paper Group colleagues for Monday night's reception at the magnificent Bibliothéque et Archives Nationales du Québec, available for purchase online or in person at the registration booth. Catch up with old friends, meet new acquaintances, and enjoy all-inclusive food and drinks. Shuttle service will be provided. Members $35, non-members $45, students $15.

This year's meeting will include a BPG Tips Session on Tuesday, May 17th, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.The session will incorporate two full-length treatment-focused talks as well as approximately 40 minutes of shorter tips and about 15–20 minutes for Q&A and/or additional tips. An optional $25 box lunch may be purchased in advance of the session.

Many thanks to our Discussion Group Chairs, who are busy finalizing programs.The Art on Paper Discussion Group (APDG), chaired by Stephanie Lussier, Cyntia Karnes, and Rachel Freeman, will focus on aqueous treatment practices: "Paper is Part of the Picture: Connoisseurship and Conservation Practice" while the Archives Conservation Discussion Group (ACDG), chaired by Andrea Knowlton and Dawn Mankowski, will feature a panel focusing on emergency preparedness and response: "Innovative Approaches to Disaster Response:Real-Life Tips and Tricks."

BPG is planning another annual meeting Wiki Hack session for those already working on the BPG Wiki and those interested in helping, but don't know where to start. All are welcome to participate, especially members with limited or no Wiki experience. Bring a laptop if you can, as well as your Wiki login information if you're already signed up. Contact Denise Stockman or Evan Knight for more information at bookandpapergroup [dot] wiki [at] gmail [dot] com.

The BPG Business Meeting is Monday, May 16, at 7:15 a.m. About one week before the annual meeting, keep an eye out for a BPG business meeting email from info [at] conservation-us [dot] org providing more information and online access to the Business Meeting documents.

The room block at the Hyatt Regency Montréal is currently sold out, however the AIC office has organized room blocks at three additional hotels in the immediate vicinity of the conference center. As always, if you secured a reservation and are not attending the meeting, kindly cancel via the AIC office in order to make availability for others.

Online Member Tools

Are you using SCHED to plan your annual meeting? SCHED allows you to create a custom schedule with viewing capabilities on your smartphone and online calendars, or choose to email or print it – whatever your preference! http://aics44thannual- meeting2016.sched.org

If you can't come to Montréal this year, join us virtually on Conservators Converse http://www.conservators-converse. org/ and follow along, thanks to volunteer blogging from your colleagues! The AIC website http://www.conservation-us.org/ should be your one-stop destination for member resources and colleague connections.

Specialty Group Website

Thanks to all our members who kindly shared images with the BPG Publications Committee for the upcoming website redesign! Many organizational improvements have been made to the main AIC website as a result of the technical work spearheaded by BPG webmasters Bruce Bumbarger and Henry Hebert. Many thanks to them and BPG PubComm Chair Sarah Reidell, as well as the AIC office staff and AIC board for being supportive of this project. The new BPG specialty site will be made available shortly to members for news, information, and important legacy content. Stay tuned for our upcoming launch!

To Our Volunteers

Many thanks to our BPG and CAC-ACCR officers, volunteers, and members who have been diligently working all year and are now finalizing preparations for the meeting in Montreal – we appreciate all your organization and efforts!

As my chair tenure is now at a close, I would like to personally thank my executive council, committee chairs, and our many BPG volunteers for their time and expertise. The high-level work being performed on behalf of our membership is extraordinary, and I am truly grateful to have participated in so many important projects with such dynamic people! Volunteering time is never easy or convenient, but the chance to support your colleagues and secure our future is one of the most important things you can do for the field.When the opportunity arises, please consider sharing your time and expertise!

Michelle Facini, BPG Chair, (2014-2016), bpg.facini at gmail.com