Sunday, May 19, 2013

Type on the Cob Wayzgoose

After two highly successful annual conferences in Asheville, North Carolina, the Ladies of Letterpress is sponsoring its first regional wayzgoose on June 27-29, 2013 in Printers' Hall on the grounds of Midwest Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. A full complement of workshops and presentations led by leading printers, graphic designers, and book artists is scheduled. Registration is now open and further details may be found online.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Saving Our Heritage: MayDay 2013

Since 2006, the Society of American Archivists (SAA) has designated May 1st as MayDay, or a day of action for both individuals and organizations such as archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies to improve their capacities to deal with emergencies that can threaten or destroy historical collections. The ravages of recent tornadoes in Alabama and other states is just one example of the physical risks facing cultural heritage institutions.

Although the landmark study, A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America's Collections (2005), systematically documented that most institutions lack an adequate disaster preparedness plan, the SAA has worked to mitigate these deficiencies. The SAA web site provides recommendations for MayDay activities, as well as a compilation of resources, including technical literature and tools, disaster plan templates and examples, tutorials and courses, bibliographies, and other resources.