The Icon Book and Paper Group Committee have been trying to think about what we can do to help support the community of conservators & conservation students, especially mindful of the fact that many of you will be trying to work or learn at home and that may mean re-imagining the ways you normally approach your role. We are thinking it's a good time to pick up some professional development, and connect with fellow conservators. To that end, we are introducing a free webinar series.
Tuesdays and/or Thursdays (depending on availability) at 4pm GMT we will have lectures on our Zoom webinar platform. Up to 100 people can be in the audience for each one, and if speakers are willing, we will also record the talks so others can see them later. We will try to keep this up for as long as we're isolating, as long as there is interest. They will be completely free to join for everyone, not just Icon members.
If you are interested in giving a talk, see the end of this message.
The first section of our series is as follows, with joining links for each under the details:
1. Thursday March 26th, 4pm GMT
Andrew Honey ACR FSA, Book Conservator, research and teaching, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
'Torn, wrinkled, stained, and otherwise naughty sheets' – how should we interpret paper faults in seventeenth-century paper?
You can register to join this webinar by following this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EIjqq0K1S_uyx2p5FH8x-Q
• Tuesday, March 31st, 4pm GMT
Fiona McLees ACR, Paper Conservator, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
From author's draft to select library holding: the metamorphosis of Franz Kafka's manuscripts
You can register to join this webinar by following this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3ZtMewvNR4mT8gp5sO4-OQ
• Thursday, April 2, 4pm GMT
David Mills, Scientist
Digitisation without disruption
You can register to join this webinar by following this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dIrfqZc1QZSNZnxC8hg1ew
• Tuesday, April 7, 4pm GMT
Arantza Dobbels, Project Conservator, The National Archives, & BPG Student Liaison Officer
Introduction to Icon for students
You can register to join this webinar by following this link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__SAXExpQTyG7xDtAnPw8Qw
Joining a webinar
Icon would recommend you start getting set up around 15 minutes before the webinar is due to start. All our webinars are streamed on an online platform called Zoom, which is free to download. Once you click the link, Zoom will begin downloading (if you don't already have it, in which case it will simply open). You will be given access once the webinar is ready to begin. Places are limited, so only the first 100 people to log in will be able to attend live.
Please email Holly Smith & Abby Bainbridge at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet/DM Abby at @bainbridgecons. We are open to talks from conservators and people who work with conservators (curators, librarians?), geared towards conservators at all stages of their career-including students/prospective students. It can be a talk you've given already or something new. The software has the capability to share your screen, so the presentation would look like your Powerpoint or similar with a voiceover, or the video of you talking, or both. Participants can send in questions that you can answer in real time or at the end. We will run through a trial webinar with speakers beforehand so you're comfortable.
We will do our best to keep to the schedule but, depending on everyone's health and work situations, we may need to make changes, even at the last minute.