Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Call for papers--Conference on advances in paper conservation research

Call for papers--Conference on advances in paper conservation research

Advances in Paper Conservation Research
British Library Conference Centre
23-24 March 2009

We welcome proposals for presentations.

Recent years have seen an explosion of research and new insights into the material science of paper and paper-based collections. Understanding of the raw materials, their deterioration and conservation strategies have developed--alongside new strategies for dealing with the enormous legacy of paper.

This conference will bring together key workers in the field from major collections such as the British Library and the Library of Congress to academic researchers and commercial organisations. It is intended to publish the proceedings electronically on the British Library website.

We invite offers of potential contributions to the conference. Abstracts should be received by 22 December 2008 and finished papers received by 28 February 2009.

Conservation and care for the collections are undergoing major change at the British Library. A new state of the art Centre for Conservation and innovative robotic storage in a reduced oxygen environment were recently completed. These major advances in the care for the physical collections are competing with major challenges to deal with digital collections. It is an exciting time for the future of care and conservation in Libraries and Archives.


C V Horie
British Library
+44 20 7412 7347
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB, UK
velson.horie [at] bl__uk

Thank you for all your contributions (formal or informal) to this project over recent years. It would be pleasure to see you, and hear about the advances made recently.