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Artist Books Documentation

For the last 6 months, I’ve been part of a project to investigate the potential of “new” technologies to document artist books. True, documentation of books is no new thing, however, when an integral part of the design and intention of a book is to think outside of the binding square – and often also […]

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Digital Preservation 101

Here’s the basics for your digital preservation needs. I’m taking this to our next meeting for sure! via Conserve This

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New Printing Afoot

The Auckland Libraries Preservation Unit has been testing a new form of printing… The word “print” in our world usually refers to ink on paper, however, we recently came across a problem that required us to think outside the square… and consider… the cube! A shift from working with 2D prints, to the possibilities of […]

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Presenting…

Automated Condition Reporting

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the AICCM Exhibitions Special Interest Group’s inaugural symposium. The symposium, with the title “Conservation on Exhibition” was the first for this group, and my first ‘serious’ presentation. I had two presentations, the first, a paper regarding the exhibition of books: a short history; our process at Auckland […]

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The Staple and The Strong Man

We’ve recently received a set of cute books called, ‘Ten Ring Circus Books’. They are all about 65 x 85mm in size, and held inside a larger folder – 5 on each side. Considering the age group they were made for, it’s surprising that the books and packaging are all in quite good condition. The […]

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As if full time work, and family wasn’t enough…

Life’s been busy, hence the lack of blog posts. In the last five weeks I’ve been to two conferences, given one workshop, de-installed a major exhibition, and prepared for another, to be installed next week. For over a year now, I’ve been investigating further educational opportunities, and now I’m happy to report, alongside all of […]

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Tautoko Exhibition Support Debut

Opening one’s work or research to a wider audience is always a nerve-wracking experience. As part of the NZCCM Annual Conference this year, my colleague and I presented a workshop on the considerations for, and construction of, book and paper supports for display. The workshop utilised my Tautoko Exhibition Support Worksheet, making its debut into […]

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Ready!

After months of meetings, preparations, surveys and brainstorming, the Auckland Libraries’ Preservation Unit can now report that we’ve finished our Disaster Readiness Kits! MAY WE NEVER NEED THEM! The complete, largest and most important kit is for salvage, with floods being a particular focus. The kit is comprised of 3 bins, and I like to […]

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Seeing Moons

  SEEING MOONS The Preservation Unit has been preparing for the latest exhibition, Manatunga, which will show in the Sir George Grey Special Collections exhibition room. The photos below are taken from the latest batch to arrive. You might be forgiven for thinking it’s a photo series of the moon, or a total eclipse of […]

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About The Logo

I feel like some clarification is due around my choice of name and image for the logo of this site. A Phase Box, is a type of archival enclosure for heritage items. It ensures the protection of its contents, and is a quick solution for libraries and archives with heritage holdings.   This combination of […]

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