By Craig Fansler

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Preservation Students: Training and Experiences in the Lab

I thought it would be good to have my students write about their training experiences in Preservation. Each student receives a variety of training experiences in Preservation, and each one brings a unique set of skills as well. I have asked each of my Student Assistants to write about their training. These students do great... more

Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence- Minneapolis

Each year, the Guild of Book Workers has a conference called Standards of Excellence in a different host city. The conference is referred to simply as “Standards” and was held in Minneapolis this year amid cool fall weather. One of the distinctive features of Standards is there are four speakers over two days who demonstrate... more

Book Repair Workshop at East Carolina University

I traveled to Greenville on September 20th for a workshop the following day. As I traveled, I could see lots of flooded land and businesses. The flooding from Hurricane Florence made a huge impact in this area and affected this area strongly. Some workshop participants were unable to attend because of the impact of Florence... more

The Writing/Publishing Process: One Perspective

I recently co-published an article in the Guild of Book Workers (GBW) Newsletter and I thought I’d share about the research and writing process. The article was a Q&A that evolved from previous interviews I wrote for the Newsletter. I decided to interview one or two Preservation Librarians, who were doing similar work to mine... more

Social Media Archiving Workshop at Duke

As a member of the ZSR Web Archiving Team (along with Stephanie Bennett, Rebecca May and Kevin Gilbertson), I was interested to attend the workshop offered by SNCA (Society of North Carolina Archivists) at Duke University last week. Our group has been able to capture much of the content we want under the wfu.edu and... more

Creating Archival Enclosures with a Sewing Machine

In October, 2017, I toured the Conservation Lab at the University of Washington, Seattle. During this tour, I saw how they used a sewing machine to encapsulate documents and photographs. (I wrote about my tour of the lab in my post about the Guild of Book Workers Seminar in October, 2017)). I asked a number... more

December Book Repair Workshops

I recently taught two book repair workshops in Hickory on December 4th and in Chapel Hill on December 11th. Both workshops were sponsored by the NC State Library, part of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. On Monday, December 4th, I taught book repair to 12 participants at the Patrick Beaver Public... more

NCPC Annual Conference

NCPC Annual Conference Nov. 13, 2017 I was anxious to attend the North Carolina Preservation Consortium conference this year for several reasons: seeing my colleagues and firming up teaching commitments, as well as wishing outgoing Executive Director, Robert James well. The conference was held at The McKimmon Conference and Training Center of NC State University.The... more

The Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence Seminar – Tacoma

View of Mount Rainer from Tacoma I attended the Guild of BookWorkers Annual meeting (which is called the Standards of Excellence Seminar) from October 25th-28th in Tacoma, WA. Artists book by Mare Blocker When I arrived, I visited the University of Puget Sound Collins Memorial Library, where I met with Librarian Hilary Robbeloth and Director... more

Three Workshops in Three Days

Trifecta. Over the course of three days, I taught book repair workshops in three North Carolina cities. On Tuesday, May 9th, I taught 12 participants at the Pack Library in Asheville, NC. On Wednesday, May 10th, I taught 15 participants at Wake County Public Library in Raleigh, NC. Finally, on Thursday, May 11th, I taught... more