About the Book and Paper Group

Who We Are

The purpose of the Book and Paper Group is to exchange information through meetings and publications about the conservation of books and paper materials. Its members represent a wide variety of backgrounds and specialties but share a common interest in the preservation and conservation of artifacts and collections of paper-based materials. Various discussion groups focus on areas of specific expertise such as fine art on paper, books, archives, and libraries.

Formed in 1979, it now has 1,182 members.

What We Do

Annual Meeting

Specialty groups coordinate specialty programming at AIC’s Annual Meeting. Programming sometimes corresponds with overall meeting theme, sometimes concentrates on a special theme and frequently includes collaborative efforts with other specialty groups. Topics covered include collections management, treatments, updates on research, disaster recovery, research and analysis, case studies, techniques, and other issues. The program is usually a full day or more of paper presentations, panel discussions, tips sessions, workshops, as well as a business meeting and social events.

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Specialty groups maintain listservs, which are valuable forums where colleagues with similar interests and experience can share and exchange ideas and practical information, facilitate open discussion, disseminate group-related news, questions, job postings, announcements, comments of interest, and general information. Listservs are closed lists. Subscription to them is a benefit of membership in the specialty group. All new members of the group are automatically subscribed to the list. To unsubscribe, contact the listserv moderator. All messages are archived and are searchable.

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Publications and Resources

Specialty groups prepare topic-based publications, typically a collection of concepts presented at the AIC Annual Meeting turned into long-form articles. While not peer-reviewed, these postprints present a wealth of information about current topics in conservation as well as insight into conservation treatments. They also produce publications and resources that range from catalogs of conservation treatments and techniques, to conservation wikis, and to various special topic publications and resources. Electronic and print versions of past and current publications are usually available in the store, either free or for a fee.

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Discussion Groups

Specialty groups sometimes form smaller subgroups to address specific topics.

The Book and Paper Group created the Archives Discussion Group and the Library Collections Conservation Discussion Group, which has worked to identify the types of problems and possible solutions encountered in nonrare library materials.

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How We Work

Each specialty group is managed by officers who guide the group based on its adopted Guidelines.

How to Join

For more information on dues and how to join this group, go to Membership.