MCN listserv now available

We would like to invite you to join the new email list for the Michigan Collections Network, which sponsors the Collections Care and Conservation Camps.

We have set up a listserv with, which hosts organizations email list for free.  The list will be a way for all of us who attend the camps or are concerned about the cultural heritage collections in our care to communicate with one another.  We’ll announce upcoming CCCC events and you’ll be able to ask your conservation and preservation questions and, of course, to help answer other people’s questions.

To sign up, go to and enter your email address.  Follow the instructions on the page and watch for a confirmation email, with a link to confirm your subscription.  You will receive a welcome message after you confirm your email address which has some instructions on how to use the list. will maintain an archive of all of our posts.  The archive is open to the public.  There is no way to change this for any of the lists hosted by FreeLists.  Your email address will be masked in the archive, so it can’t be publicly accessed.  For more information about their terms of service and privacy policy, click on the Help drop down menu on their web page.

If you have any questions about the list, the service or how to sign up, contact Eric Alstrom (alstrom <at>  And please feel free to forward this invite to anyone else you think would be interested in the Michigan Collections Network and this listserv.

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Conservation and Collections Care Camp 7: presentations and resource links!

A big thank you to all who attended and presented at our 7th Conservation and Collections Care Camp at Spring Arbor University on November 7- it was another great event full of useful information and great networking opportunities!

We heard presentations on donors and map conservation, digitization, art books, and environmental monitoring- all stuffed with practical information we can take back and put to use, as well as some oddities like cheese books- something I will never forget!

Below you will find all the presentations from the day, as well as some digitization resources to get your digi projects going.

Looking forward to next time already!


  • Susan Panak (Acquisitions and Archives, Spring Arbor University) “From Attic, to Conservator, to a Room of Its Own:  The journey of a weathered 1858 Jackson County Map” 1858 Map CCCC7




  • Marieka Kaye- (U of M Library- Head, Conservation & Book Repair) “Is It Art?” CCCC7_MK



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CCCC7 is almost here and there’s still room if you want to attend!

Conservation and Collections Care Camp 7 at Spring Arbor University is coming right up on Wednesday Nov. 7- and there’s still room if you’d like to attend or know someone who would.
Please send me an email ( if you’d like to come and I’ll sign you right up!
Looking forward to another great event- see you soon!

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Registration is open for CCCC7!

Below you will find the agenda and parking directions for our 7th Conservation and Collections Care Camp on Wednesday November 7th, 2018 hosted by Spring Arbor University (Ralph Carey Forum, in the Student Life Center).

The event is free, however registration is required.  Lunch will be provided and there is no cost for parking.

If you’d like to attend, please email Corinne Robertson ( and I’ll get you signed up! Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

9:30    AM  :    Arrival and Light Breakfast

10:00  AM  :   Welcome  to CCCC7

10:10  AM  :    Speakers’ Set Up

10:15  AM  :    Morning Session of Speakers :

10:15  AM  :      Susan Panak (Acquisitions and Archives, Spring Arbor University)


 “From Attic, to Conservator, to a Room of Its Own:  The journey of a weathered 1858 Jackson County Map”

                               Susan will also will show a powerpoint by Dianna Samuelson (Conservator in Private Practice) on the conservation of the 1858 Jackson County Map.

10:45 AM  :     Matt Adair: (Lead Archivist for Digitization, Bentley Historical Library, U of M)

Digitization for small shops


11:45   AM :    Lunch provided

12:45  PM :    Settle in & Speaker set up

1:00    PM :     Marieka Kaye- (U of M Library- Head, Conservation & Book Repair)


 “Is It Art?”

The presentation will be on strange book formats in our artists’ books collection, which present unique housing challenges. Lately we’ve also been finding unusual book formats in the Hatcher Graduate Library’s general stacks, and transferring them to the artists’ books collection at the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library on North Campus. Publishers today are starting to get more “creative” with the way their books are manufactured, and this leads to further housing, treatment, and longevity challenges.

It’s also been a dilemma, deciding when something should be made free to retrieve openly for patrons and when it might be considered “art” and should receive isolation/protection in closed stacks instead.


1:20   PM  :     Eric Alstrom (Michigan State University, Head of Conservation and Preservation)

Environmental Monitoring

1:40  PM  :  “Help, I’m Outside my Comfort Zone”  Discussion

2:00   PM  :   Closing Comments

2:10   PM  :   Tour


Parking Directions

Campus Security is recommending that campers park behind the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church – 120 E Main St, Spring Arbor, MI 49283.  See the map to find the parking lot off Cottage St.

After parking, follow the sidewalk west until you reach the entrance to the Student Life Center (Building #33) as indicated on the attached map.   When you enter the Center, there will be a small stairway to the right (as well as a handicap ramp).  At the top of the stairway, take a sharp left at the bookstore and proceed to the end of the Hallway.  The Ralph Carey Forum is on the right-hand side at the end of the Hallway.

If you need to be dropped off at the Student Life Center (#33) there is a semi-circular drive that goes right up to the building  (see #18 on the map).

If you need handicap parking please contact Susan Panak at or 517-750-6434, for additional information.

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Last day to get your presentation idea in for CCCC7!

Happy Friday All!

Today is the last day to get your presentation ideas to me for the upcoming Conservation and Collections Care Camp on November 7th. If you have anything you’d like to share please shoot me an email- it doesn’t need to be a finished presentation at this point, just an idea and your intent to present.
This is a informal gathering, no pressure!
Simply let me know what you’re thinking about and the amount of time you’d like to have and I’ll get you on the agenda.
You may have seen an email Matt Adair sent out earlier this week about specific digitization questions you would like him to address during his presentation- you can reply to Matt ( or to me ( with any thoughts or questions you’d like him to cover. All questions big or small are welcome!
I’ll send out the agenda for you to peruse next week, and will then begin taking registrations.
Stay tuned for upcoming information!

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Call for Presenters! Conservation & Collections Care Camp 7 on 11/7/2018


On Wednesday November 7, 2018 Spring Arbor University will host our 7th Conservation and Collections Care Camp, and we are looking for presenters!

Our theme is “Exploring Conservation Issues that are Outside the Norm”, so come and present on any interesting project or problem that you’d like to share. Presentations are generally 15 – 60 minutes.

Please contact Corinne Robertson  ( with the title of your presentation and the amount of time you’ll need by October 12, 2018. 







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Save the Date! Conservation and Collections Care Camp 7 at Spring Arbor University: Wednesday November 7, 2018

Keep an eye out for more information to come in August about the theme and schedule, and also a request for presenters!


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Conservation and Collections Care Group Survey

Hello Collections Care colleagues!

We have had 6 wonderful Conservation and Collections Care Camps now, and are looking to our group to suggest topics for upcoming meetings. We want to know what you’re interested in- what would be some of the most helpful topics for us to address? What questions or issues do you have that we might be able to focus on during our next camps?

Please click below to give your input in our short 3 question survey, and thank you for your time!

Conservation and Collections Care Survey

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CCCC6 Workshop Presentation and Resources

On November 8th at the Special Collections teaching space in the University of Michigan’s Hatcher Graduate Library we held our 6th Conservation and Collections Care Camp with 19 of our colleagues from all over Michigan attending.

It was another great success, with helpful information shared and useful connections made!

In the morning we had a presentation on exhibit tips by Bexx Caswell-Olson and after a tour of the newly renovated Clements Library led by their conservator Julie Fremuth, 15 of us stayed for the workshop portion of the day led by Bexx and Marieka Kaye. Below you will find the presentation and handout from the meeting.

Looking forward to CCCC7! Stay tuned for a survey about what topics you’d like to see addressed in upcoming camps.


Exhibit Workshop Handout

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CCCC6- Room Change!

Hi All,

The location for our Conservation and Collections Care Camp 6 Workshop on November 8th has changed:

The workshop will now be held in the new Special Collections teaching space on the 6th floor of Hatcher Graduate Library South. 

Students should enter at the South entrance, which is essentially the back of the building (NOT the entrance off the Diag) and take the elevator to the 6th floor. Special Collections is located through the glass doors located on the left, once exiting the elevator lobby. If you take a wrong turn and need to get in touch, please call Special Collections at 734-764-0400.

Hatcher Graduate Library Location Information


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