Preservation microfilming

These training materials were created by the National Library of Australia to assist preservation microfilming.

The National Library of Australia, in collaboration with the State Library of South Australia and under the auspices of IFLA PAC, has produced a set of preservation microfilming training material consisting of 10 modules, 6 wall charts, a logbook, a learning guide, a glossary/index and a small kit of practical training aids. The training material, Training in Preservation Microfilming, is the result of an IFLA PAC survey on microfilming training needs in the South East Asia and Pacific region conducted in 2001.

On a bookbinding journey thanks to the Kenneth Binns Travelling Scholarship

The Kenneth Binns Travelling Fellowship is an internal Library grant awarded to a staff member in the first seven years of  their career. I was lucky enough to win the scholarship to further my training as a bookbinder and visit conservation laboratories in the United Kingdom. As recently as three months ago I  travelled to the London Rare Books Summer School at the University of London.

My Print has Pimples!

Recently, the Pictures staff here at the National Library delivered 36 nature prints to Preservation Services for treatment. These beautiful examples of nature prints are from the renowned Bradbury and Evans printing house from London. Nature printing has been a popular printing method since the Middle Ages and has long been appreciated as a scientific tool for documenting plant and fish specimens. Plant and fish specimens are used to print from directly, capturing as much botanical and scientific detail as possible.

Materials that pass though Preservation

How many tomato sauce recipes can you have? I discover the Sydney County Council's Tomato recipes typed on a single sheet of loose paper, tucked away in the CWA's Coronation Cookery Book.  Did you know  they (the Council?) had 4 recipes for tomato sauce? Amazing! So many recipes. Discoveries like these are what I really enjoy about working in Preservation.

First, do no harm

A portrait of Gordon George McCrae is the latest addition to be welcomed in to the national collection at the Library.  The Preservation Services unit collaborated with their colleagues in the Pictures and Manuscripts team in their assessment of this new acquisition by renowned Australian artist, Tom Roberts.

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