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The Book and Paper Group Wiki is a publication of the Book and Paper Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation. The BPG Wiki is intended to be a comprehensive record of treatment-related topics, arranged systematically with descriptive details. Like all wikis, the site's contents are collaborative and dynamic works-in-progress.

Copyright 2019. The Book and Paper Group Wiki is a publication of the Book and Paper Group of the American Institute for Conservation. It is published as a convenience for the members of the Book and Paper Group. Publication does not endorse nor recommend any treatments, methods, or techniques described herein. There is an ongoing project to update the BPG Wiki. We welcome contributions and feedback. If you would like to get involved in this effort, please contact the wiki team at [email protected].

Wiki Team

The BPG Wiki is overseen by two volunteer Wiki Coordinators, one book and one paper, who report to the BPG Publications Committee chair. They are responsible for overseeing page and section revisions, raising awareness of the Wiki, keeping BPG members informed of its progress, recruiting contributors, organizing editing events, assisting anyone that comes forward with research and expertise they want to share, and integrating the Wiki with other BPG PubComm efforts.

Contributing to the Wiki

If you would like to be involved in the Wiki, contact the BPG Wiki Coordinators at [email protected]

Contributing to the Wiki can include:

  • Adding content by editing pages or by emailing the Wiki Coordinators
  • Providing references
  • Contributing images
  • Suggesting videos for the playlist
  • Larger projects that you can volunteer can be found by visiting the Help Wanted Page and the Contributors Toolbox for current projects.

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Videos and Playlists


All the YouTube videos used in the BPG wiki.

The Book and Paper Conservation Wiki has a selection of embed YouTube videos throughout its pages that illustrate various tools, techniques, and working habits in book and paper conservation. The Book and Paper Group also maintains a playlist of videos on YouTube, some videos of which are aimed at conservators and some at the general public.


History of the Book and Paper Group Wiki

In 2009, the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) launched the AIC Wiki with funding assistance from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). The BPG Wiki grew out of two earlier BPG publication projects - the Paper Conservation Catalog (PCC) and the Book Conservation Catalog (BCC).

Discussion Topics:

I’m a little bit confused as to the relationship between the Book and Paper Wiki, and the Paper Catalog and the Book Conservation Wiki. Should I be trying not to duplicate content from these, and/or try to provide links to these when appropriate?

A reasonable confusion, they have developed very irregularly. Essentially: AIC Wiki is the umbrella. Under it are:
  • Other specialty groups like Objects, Paintings...
  • Book and Paper Group Wiki (BPG Wiki), which includes
  • Shared BPG Stuff
  • Paper Conservation Wiki (also called the Paper Conservation Catalog)
  • Book Conservation Wiki (formerly called the Book Conservation Catalog)
There are things on the book and paper side that really should move into "shared stuff", but they just haven't gotten that attention yet.--Kkelly (talk) 13:51, 5 February 2019 (CST)
I think this confusion would be helped if the Paper Conservation Wiki was only referred to as the Paper Conservation Wiki. Note that it was formally called the Paper Conservation Catalog, but continuing to use wiki and catalog interchangeably leads to more confusion.--Dknauf

I think that the "What's new with the wiki" section and the "Wiki Team" section on the Paper Conservation Wiki page are perhaps more appropriate on this Book and Paper page. --Dknauf

Interesting Content:

In January 2018, the Wiki Coordinators sent out a call for digital images to be added to the BPG Wiki. Contributions are gathered below, and are being placed within the wiki when possible.