on the road
“During the next six months, with support from the Mellon Foundation and outside experts, the iSchool faculty will embark on a planning process and budgetary review of our certificate program. Current students will continue their programs as we move to our new facilities this summer. Please watch for progress in this planning process on our web site and check back for further details on future admissions.”
The Preservation/Conservation program has already outgrown one library school and it can outlgrow another. There is no reason not to consider relocation if only to unlock options for program development in Texas. The GSLIS at Illinois provides just such a foil where there is “Groundbreaking research to advance preservation of and access to information in both traditional and digital libraries and in the many settings outside of libraries where large amounts of critical information are collected”
The measures of sustainability include not just closed cycle production and operation efficiency but also sustainable discard. My three year old computer went “blue screen” and I was given another. I was overdue for up-grade anyway.
There must be 500 computers in the library building and I wonder where they go. 500 books could go into the river with no lasting effect. Or, if the books are kept, they will not need replacement, every three years, to remain readable.
FotB offered presentations on comparative 1 and 2 Kindle fulfillment and on a retrospective of the future of the book. We also provided a cartonnage and free leaf investigation of the design traits of papyrus book making, a tutorial on post digital sewn boards binding and a take-home exemplar of the mobility of the book at the close of the wooden board era. That was during the Paper and Book Intensive, 2009, at OxBow.
historical printing anchor
This press is being re-assembled at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. It will be a resource for a new historical printing course. It looks ugly. It came apart with a little tap, tap, tap Amtrak hammer.
“A full-colour UV printer, the EagleJet C4200 has been developed for on-demand commercial print markets in China. Production flexibility enables duplex mono and two-colour printing simultaneously, and duplex four-colour printing with a tandem configuration. The precision imaging capability of the industrial-strength Xaar 1001 printhead produces amazing print results (1080dpi apparent resolution) across the 420mm paper web width at speeds of 25 metres per minute.”
Printing technology is advancing as quickly as in the 19th century. All the implications of web feed, simultaneous duplex and color are in continuous advance.