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  • News from the BPG Chair

    by Whitney Baker | Oct 17, 2017

    Why Join Memberfuse?

    If you haven’t done so already, please log into your account on MemberFuse, AIC’s online member community. You will receive emails with the header “AICHAW Notifications” toyour primary email address; the first time you visit Memberfuse, a pop-up will ask how often you’d like to receive messages. These messages are summaries of what other members are doing on the networking site.

    Using Memberfuse, you can network with colleagues, learn what specialty and discussion groups are up to, peruse business meeting minutes, and use the online calendar.

    BPG Vote

    The vote to accept the 2017 BPG Business Meeting Minutes was open until August 18. Results should be available in September.

    BPG and FAIC

    As always, please considering donating to the FAIC; any amount ($5 or even $1!) helps increase the percentage of AIC members who donate. It’s the percentage (not the dollar amount) that incentivizes large philanthropic foundations to give even more to support our programs – programs that support you, your professional development, your research, and that of your colleagues. When you contribute you can designate how your money will be used, such as for FAIC, NHR (formerly AIC-CERT), Angels Projects, CoOL, Christa Gaehde, Carolyn Horton, Professional Development, George Stout, or Take a Chance funds. Thanks to the 10% of members who already donate each year.

  • BPG Nominating Committee Announcements

    by Michelle Facini | Oct 27, 2017

    BPG is seeking two candidates:

    • Chair Assistant Program Chair

    Elections will take place February 2018. 

    If you are interested in either of these positions please contact Nominating Committee Chair Michelle Facini, bpg [dot] facini [at] gmail [dot] com

    Position Information
    Click here for a position description. The chance to support your colleagues and secure our future is one of the most important things you can do for the field- please consider sharing your time and expertise! 

  • 2018 AIC Annual Meeting

    by Whitney Baker | Nov 10, 2017

    Thank you to all of our members who responded to the Annual Meeting Call for Papers. The abstract review committee, led by Program Chair Deb Cuoco and Assistant Program Chair Jen Hunt Johnson, has been busily reading submissions and is crafting an excellent program for our 2018 Houston meeting. Calls for submissions for the tips sessions and the Archives and Library Discussion Groups (ACDG and LCCDG) are coming soon, or have been previously announced. We would like to remind our members that we have three discussion groups and two slots per meeting, so the Art on Paper Discussion Group (APDG) is on hiatus during this meeting.

    If you reserve a room at the conference hotel, Marriott Marquis, and end up not needing the room, please cancel as early as possible. Early cancellation (before May 1) is not only considerate, but has a positive financial impact: it allows your colleagues who are on the waiting list to secure a room, and also ensures AIC’s good standing and beneficial costs arrangement with future conference hotels - which use data such as last-minute cancellations to set prices.

    2017 BPG Business Meeting

    Sarah Norris, BPG Secretary/Treasurer, reports that the Chicago BPG Business Meeting minutes have been approved, with forty-six individuals in favor and four abstentions. Thanks to all who took the time to read and vote on the minutes.

  • BPG Archives Discussion Group Annual Meeting News

    by Michelle Facini | Apr 18, 2016

    The 2016 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". Tuesday, May 17 from 2:00pm–4:00pm.

  • BPG Art on Paper Discussion Group News

    by Henry Hebert | May 01, 2017

    The 2017 Art on Paper Discussion Group (APDG), chaired by  Rachel Freeman, Cynthia Karnes, and Harriet Stratis, will focus on prints produced in large numbers – "Multiple Perspectives on the Treatment of Multiples: Innovative Thinking on the Conservation of Prints." Thursday, June 1 from 2:30 pm–4:30 pm.

  • BPG Library Collections Conservation Discussion Group News

    by Henry Hebert | May 01, 2017

    The 2017 Library Collections Conservation Discussion Group (LCCDG), chaired by Angela Andres, Sonya Barron, and Anahit Campbell, will focus on professional challenges that fall outside of immediate areas of expertise – "Unexpectedly Expert: Diversifying your skills to cover all the bases." Thursday, June 1 from 2:30 pm–4:30 pm.

  • BPG Education and Programs Committee News

    by Henry Hebert | Oct 17, 2017
    Do you have a workshop idea or institutional event ripe for a symposium? Please contact  Cher Schneider (cher.schneider at gmail dot com), BPG Education and Programs Committee Chair, with any thoughts or suggestions.

  • BPG Wiki: Historical Techniques and Materials

    by Katherine Kelly & Denise Stockman | Nov 10, 2017
    The time has come to address some of the historical treatment procedures on the Wiki. You may have read about some techniques on there and thought "Does anyone still do that?" 
    We would like to identify procedures that are no longer in use, and move them to a Historical Techniques and Materials section that we have created at the bottom of each of the Wiki pages that began as a Paper Conservation Catalog chapter. This section can also be used for procedures that predate the Catalog, but would be useful for people to know about. 
    The Alkalization and Neutralization page (written in 1985) has several outdated techniques listed. As an example, we have moved Diethyl Zinc to the new section on Historical Techniques and Materials with a brief comment about its history of use. Can you help us identify others?
    Here is how you can help: 
    • Identify a paper conservation procedurethat is no longer in use (there appear to be quite a few in the Wiki).
    • Write a few sentences about how it was performed (existing text can be used) and why it is no longer used. It would be especially interesting to describe evidence of the treatment having been done that can be discovered during the examination of an object. Cite any relevant articles you are aware of, especially those that state the reasons why the treatment is no longer used. 
    • Send it to us so that we can add it to the Historical Treatments section, and you will be credited as a contributor. 
    As you look around, you may notice that several PCC chapters are looking much cleaner and well-organized. For this, we owe our thanks to the reformatting volunteers who responded to the call for help over the summer: Sharon Fickeissen, Michelle Hamill, Jill Iacchei, Clare Manias, and Rebecca Smyrl. This work is ongoing and we thank all who are contributing!