Thursday, November 3, 2016

Visiting University of Coimbra and the Barroque Library

In my recent visit to Portugal I had the opportunity to go to the University of Coimbra - Portugal, founded in the Middle Ages and known as the oldest university in Europe (1290).

Coimbra is a city full of life, students are everywhere, especially in October when they are starting the academic year. There are lots of events associated with the student’s homecoming and I was lucky enough to see them marching through the streets of the city. This was just one of the many students “rites of passage” to become part of the Coimbra academic fraternity.  

Where History Meets Youth


Situated on the top of the hill and surrounded by the medieval wall, the university is accessed through the "Porta Férrea", literally the Iron Door, leading to the main patio of the university where you have a view of the lower city and the Mondego river. 

Duca696 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
 By Alvesgaspar - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
By Alvesgaspar - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Joanina Library is named after King João V (1707-1750) who sponsored its construction. It is considered a masterpiece of the Portuguese baroque period and one of the richest libraries in European.

Isabella Baltar, Oct 2016.

The library building.
"The Noble Floor, completed in 1728, began receiving the first books after 1750, and currently its collection comprises some 40,000 volumes. The entire construction is aimed at conservation of library collections, from the width of the outer walls to the use of wood inside. Also to in aid the conservation of books, there are two small colonies of bats that for centuries protected them from insects. 
Built with noble and exotic materials, brought from all over the world, the symbolism attributed to its decor are a tribute to the magnanimity and power of King John V and the Portuguese Empire, whose repository of knowledge was headquartered here in the King’s University. It was used as a place of study from 1777 until the mid-20th century, until the General Library opened in 1962." (http://www.uc.pt/en/informacaopara/visit/paco/library)



World heritage recognized by UNESCO since 2013, this was the video that was submitted by the University of Coimbra in its application:

University of Coimbra - Application for UNESCO World Heritage


Visiting the University of Coimbra:

Learning more about the University of Coimbra:

UNESCO and the University of Coimbra - Alta and Sofia







Friday, September 23, 2016

A New Drawing Book of Modes - Picart

This is a lovely small book on how to sketch the human figure and is part of the University Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives. It was printed for Richard Ware at the Bible & Sun in Amen-Corner, Warwick-Lane, London, in the late 1700’s, or beginning of the 1800’s.




  The cover received a traditional handmade marble paper design with a 24K gold stamping on a maroon leather title label. A clamshell box was created using the same colors found on the original cover.


Marble papers go back in time for centuries. This technique traveled from the Orient, Middle East and reached Europe in the 1600’s. Today we can find marble paper everywhere, but there are only a few places that are specialized on the making of marble paper in a very traditional way.
A brief history of marble papers can be found here:





Tuesday, July 19, 2016

No Boundaries in Preservation - Preservação sem Fronteiras - Preservación sin Fronteras

No Boundaries in Preservation has completed its project awarded by last year's University Libraries grant. It has accomplished its initial educational purpose, which was to provide equitable access to basic, relevant preservation and conservation information to a wider and diverse community of libraries and archives in the United States and abroad.

It was quite a journey through the year of 2015/2016 for those who participated in this project, directly or indirectly, doing research, filming, editing, translating and creating five original videos and posters, in three different languages. Not to mention the generosity of others in proof reading the materials, creating the website and collaborating to the content.

The result is a total of thirty educational resources! The theme of each original video and poster results from the answers of an online survey regarding preservation and conservation of books and documents.

Our mission to assist others has not ended and we ensure that the continuity of guidance in the field of preservation of books, documents and family heritage will be kept alive.














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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Best Practices for Small Digitization Projects

Have you already start a digitization project in your library or archive?  Do you have family materials in need of digitization? Does your community church have records in need of preservation? Preservation of paper materials through digitization provides accessibility of information to many different communities around the world.  

UNCG Preservation Services and UNCG Digital Projects worked together for No Boundaries in Preservation to create an informative guideline for digitizing personal archives and collections in small libraries.





The benefits of digitizing historic books or documents are beyond our imagination and geographic boundaries.

A video was created to guide through a few basic steps on how to start digitizing using cameras together with a poster which is ready for download on No Boundaries in Preservation project website.



We did not forget to give some tips on saving your digitized images.  So do not forget to visit our website for all the links in three languages: English,Portuguese and Spanish.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Cleaning Books and Paper Documents

Cleaning Books and Paper Documents

Check for a few tips on cleaning books and documents. No Boundaries in Preservation second poster and video is all about that. You can download the poster and watch the YouTube video at:



No Boundaries in Preservation is a three languages project - English, Portuguese and Spanish -  and is committed to outreach a large number of communities in the Americas and Western Europe, offering videos and posters with basic technical information in the libraries and archives preservation field. 

Don't forget to join and follow us on social media to get the latest news on this project. 

Facebook: UNCGPreservationServices
Twitter:  @UNCGPRESERV

Funding for No Boundaries in Preservation was generously provided by the University Libraries Innovation Grant Program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Awareness on cleaning your collections

How do you approach your collection when it is time for physically clean your books and documents? 

Cleaning a collection prolongs its life and makes it less vulnerable to several factors, including organic and inorganic materials that accumulate over the years.



On the second video and poster from No Boundaries in Preservation we will cover the evaluation of materials under two points of view, the extrinsic values and the intrinsic values. Assessing them will determine the type of treatment, hours to spend on the cleaning process and materials to use. 


Different types of conservation conditions will lead you to different types of cleaning that is why is important to create a plan of cleaning procedures. Fragile items, dust, insects, mold are a some of the subjects we will cover. 




No Boundaries in Preservation is a three languages project - English, Portuguese and Spanish -  and is committed to outreach a large number of communities in the Americas and Western Europe, offering videos and posters with basic technical information in the libraries and archives preservation field. 

Don't forget to join and follow us on social media to get the latest news on this project. 
Facebook: UNCGPreservationServices
Twitter:  @UNCGPRESERV

Funding for No Boundaries in Preservation was generously provided by the University Libraries Innovation Grant Program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA.





Tuesday, January 5, 2016

No Boundaries in Preservation

We just launched the Preservation Services grant funded project No Boundaries in Preservation.

NO BOUNDARIES IN PRESERVATION

No Boundaries in Preservation


The main objective of No Boundaries in Preservation is educational and intends to exchange relevant information to the practice of basic preservation and conservation of books and documents in libraries and archives.

To ensure this knowledge can cover a greater number of communities, all files will be offered into three languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Take a look on the first videos and posters for download.


We also worked together with the Council of States Archivists and translated their Pocket Response Guide into Spanish and Portuguese. The Pocket Response Plan™ (PReP™) is a concise document for recording essential information needed by staff in case of a disaster or other emergency. Every person having a response-related assignment should carry a PReP with them at all times.
All the versions are free for downloading.


The funding for No Boundaries in Preservation was provided through the generosity of the University Libraries Innovation Grant Program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.