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This page serves as a way for BPG wiki editors to put out a "call for help" on specific pages. These can vary from pages that need many small changes (such as typos or fixing/updating links) to a more general call for content. The AIC Wiki also maintains its own, more general, Help Wanted page.

If you would like to list a page, please place it in the appropriate section as part of the bulleted list, or create a section if it does not already exist. Also include a description of what kinds of editing help the page needs, such as "fixing typos", or "adding new content". Be as specific as possible. If you have any questions if your request fits, please email the BPG Wiki Coordinators at

Copyright 2024. The AIC Wiki is a publication of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC). It is published as a convenience for the members of AIC. Publication does not endorse nor recommend any treatments, methods, or techniques described herein. Information on researching with and citing the wiki can be found on the Reference and Bibliography Protocols page.

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American Institute for Conservation (AIC). "Help:BPG Help Wanted." AIC Wiki. April 21, 2024.

Telework-Ready Projects for the BPG Wiki[edit source]

Welcome! This section was created in March 2020 to collect suggestions for short-term projects that would be appropriate for conservators and preservation professionals who are "social distancing" during the COVID-19 response. The nature of our profession can make work-at-home projects difficult, and we appreciate you considering the BPG Wiki. Please check back for updates and get in touch with us directly at

  • We have created a Google Doc listing all the topics in the BPG Wiki, showing who is working on what. Take a look - are you interested in researching a topic and sharing what you learn?
  • Learn how to wiki edit by watching the AIC Wiki Training Video - this will allow you to make edits directly to the wiki. If wiki-editing is not your thing, we are happy to accept contributions by email.
  • Add images of tools, materials, housings, and treatment actions.
  • Add citations to important publications.
  • Write new text describing techniques like reshaping parchment bindings or testing paper conductivity.
  • Translation: If you are fluent in another language and are interested in translating a page of the wiki, this is a great service to the international community. Translations will be vetted by a small group and then posted as a pdf to that wiki page.
  • Many of us will be studying a topic in depth to improve ourselves. Using that knowledge to update and fact-check the wiki is an excellent way to demonstrate your new mastery.

Specific Topics That Need Updates

  • Update the Washing page to include information about the use of chelating agents. Currently the page says that "Their use in conservation is relatively rare..". This could be as simple as recommending some recently published articles. perhaps this one?

For Wiki Editors

  • Add links from the BPG Wiki to CAMEO. For example, there are many materials listed on the Surface Cleaning page that should be linked to entries in CAMEO. Use the text "See also Eraser crumbs, in the CAMEO Materials Database."

One-Time Assistance[edit source]

Contribute to a Call for Content[edit source]

About once a month, the Wiki Coordinators send out an email to the BPG and AIC-Wiki community discussion boards asking for help improving new or established pages. The following table summarizes recent BPG Wiki Calls for Content. Please consider contributing!
BPG Wiki Calls for Content
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020

·Annual Meeting Tips Sessions (new page)
·Adhesive Recipes and Tips (new page)
·Written Documentation
·Foxing (bibliography)
·Surface Cleaning (bibliography)
·Leaf Attachment and Sewing Repair (bibliography)
·Imaging and Digitization (bibliography)
·Fiber Identification
·Non-Western Bookbinding Structures and Their Conservation (new page)
·Gels (new ECPN page)
·Hinge, Tape, and Adhesive Removal
·Culturally Sensitive Treatment (new page)

·Reformatting Chapters ·Endbands
·Historical Techniques and Materials (see notes below)
·Watermarks (new page)

·Drying and Flattening
·Written Documentation
·Use of Leather in Book Conservation (new page)
·Book Boards

· Images of Foxing
· Images of Mending techniques

Advanced Technical Fixes[edit source]

  • Fix format of portal so it looks better and more even (check against variable screen sizes, browsers, pc vs. mobile)

Ongoing Projects[edit source]

Historical Techniques and Materials[edit source]

The time has come to address some of the historical treatment procedures on the Wiki. You may have read about some techniques on there and thought "Does anyone still do that?"

We would like to identify procedures that are no longer in use, and move them to a Historical Techniques and Materials section that we have created at the bottom of each of the Wiki pages that began as a Paper Conservation Catalog chapter. This section can also be used for procedures that predate the Catalog, but would be useful for people to know about.

The Alkalization and Neutralization page (written in 1985) has several outdated techniques listed. As an example, we have moved Diethyl Zinc to the new section on Historical Techniques and Materials with a brief comment about its history of use. Can you help us identify others?

Here is how you can help:

  • Identify a paper conservation procedure that is no longer in use (there appear to be quite a few in the Wiki).
  • Write a few sentences about how it was performed (existing text can be used) and why it is no longer used. It would be especially interesting to describe evidence of the treatment having been done that can be discovered during the examination of an object. Cite any relevant articles you are aware of, especially those that state the reasons why the treatment is no longer used.
  • Send it to us at so that we can add it to the Historical Treatments section, and you will be credited as a contributor.

Bibliography Work[edit source]

Help us link to online resources. Throughout the BPG Wiki, there are many citations to publications that are now online. Why not add a link? For a handy list of online Book and Paper Conservation resources, see Accessing Conservation Literature. See also our BPG Reference and Bibliography Protocols.

Become a Wiki Coordinator[edit source]

There are two BPG Wiki Coordinators. Each is a three year, appointed position on the BPG Publications Committee and is responsible for overseeing chapter 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. The current office holders:

If you are interested in finding out more about this position - please contact us.

Entry-Level Projects[edit source]

If you are interested in helping with the wiki and are willing to become an editor please consider one of these projects. They can be worked on in small bites and require no long-term commitment. In general, you would be adding new information, rather than re-writing existing text.

The following pages welcome contributions from all BPG members - no special qualifications or content review is necessary.

Photos: All of our pages could benefit from photos, especially images showing condition issues, techniques, and equipment. With practice, adding a photo can be done in just a few minutes. Once you are logged in, follow the Upload File link (also found on the bottom of each page) and follow the directions here. There is more guidance for formatting photographs for BPG pages on the Wiki Templates and Wiki Editors' Resources pages.

Terminology: The BPG Wiki does not need to become a glossary, but should link to existing glossaries. You can help define terms in the BPG Wiki by adding links to the online glossaries like the AIC Lexicon, CAMEO, and for books, the Ligatus Language of Bookbindings and Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology." When sources disagree on terminology, it is very helpful to describe the debate, as has been done in the Endbands page. Here are some pages that would benefit from some terminology work: Endpapers, Sewing and Leaf Attachment, Book Boards, Board Attachment, Media Problems

Suggest Improvements All wiki users are welcome to edit the Discussion (or "Talk") pages for any BPG page. Please add suggestions for improvement, an interesting citation we missed, or a comment about the techniques. For example, if you have a suggestion for improvement on the Mold chapter, add your suggestion to the talk page for the Mold chapter. Please sign your name with the signature button signature button in the toolbar above the editing box.

Proposed Projects[edit source]

Some ideas for new pages or new topics that BPG members would love to see on the BPG Wiki are listed below. If you have any thoughts about them please feel free to list them here! Or contact the BPG Wiki Coordinators at

  • Examination and Photodocumentation with: ultraviolet induced visible fluorescence, reflected ultraviolet, false color ultraviolet, reflected infrared irradiation, false color infrared, transmitted infrared, raking illumination, transmitted illumination, specular illumination, and polarized illumination.

Book Conservation[edit source]

There are several "partially-started pages" that are not claimed by any wiki editors that could use some focused attention.

  • Book Boards: This page was intended as a description of the material used for stiffening book covers. It has never been fully developed, and would benefit from a focused literature review and the addition of photographs.
  • BPG Parchment Bookbinding: This page originated as chapter of the Book Conservation Catalog, before it became part of the wiki. It was never fully developed. It should be entirely re-written (and renamed) to focus on Parchment Book Bindings and their treatment. Parchment as a material and the treatment of parchment documents is already covered in the well-developed Paper Conservation Wiki chapter on Parchment.
  • Circulating Collections Repair: This page would benefit from the addition of citations and additional methods / techniques.
  • The Book Decoration page is very disorganized. There are many terms with no definitions or images. Is there a better way to present this topic, perhaps with undefined terms off to the side as a "wish list"?

Paper Conservation[edit source]

Book and Paper Group Wiki
Wiki Editor Resources

Contributors' Toolbox · Reference and Bibliography Protocols · Accessing Conservation Literature (AIC) · Help Wanted · Template for New Page

Materials and Tips

Annual Meeting Tips Sessions · Materials, Equipment, and Tools · Adhesives · Adhesive Recipes and Tips · Leather Research · Conservation Supply Sources (AIC) · Gels, Thickeners, and Viscosity Modifiers (ECPN)

Examination, Documentation, and Analysis

Glossary of Terms · Visual Examination · Written Documentation · Documentation of Books · Watermarks · Fiber Identification · Spot Tests · Analytical Techniques (PSG) · Non-destructive Testing and Instrumental Analysis (PMG) · Oddy Tests (R&A) · Microchemical Testing (R&A)


Selection for Preservation · Exhibition, Supports, and Transport · Choosing Materials for Storage, Exhibition & Transport (AIC) · Imaging and Digitization · Housings · Matting and Framing · Encapsulation · Collection Care (AIC) · Integrated Pest Management (AIC) · Environmental Guidelines (AIC) · Environmental Monitoring (AIC) · Agents of Deterioration (AIC) · Light (AIC) · Pollutants (AIC)

Disaster Recovery

Emergency Preparedness & Response (AIC) · Stabilizing Wet Paper (AIC) · Stabilizing Wet Books (AIC) · Stabilizing Wet Skin and Leather (AIC) · Mold

Conservation History and Ethics

AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice · Culturally Sensitive Treatment · Conservation Ethics (AIC) · Sustainable Practices (AIC) · History of Conservation and Conservators (AIC) · History of the BPG Wiki

Book Conservation Topics
Structural Elements of the Book

Endpapers · Endbands · Sewing and Leaf Attachment · Book Boards · Board Attachment · Book Decoration · Fastenings and Furniture

Covering Materials

Animal Skin and Leather · Cloth Bookbinding · Paper Bookbinding · Parchment Bookbinding

Treatment Techniques

Washing of Books · Alkalinization of Books · Leaf Attachment and Sewing Repair · Board Reattachment · Use of Leather in Book Conservation

Bookbinding Traditions

Bookbinding Traditions by Region or Culture · East Asian Book Formats · Ethiopian Bindings · Greek-Style Bindings · Western African Books and Manuscripts

Specialized Formats

Scrapbooks · Atlases, Foldouts, and Guarded Structures

Circulating Collections

Circulating Collections · Case Binding