Specialty groups prepare topic-based publications, typically though not always a collection of concepts presented at the AIC's Annual Meeting turned into long-form articles. While not peer-reviewed, these postprints present a wealth of information about current topics in conservation as well as insight into conservation treatments. They also produce publications and resources that range from catalogs of conservation treatments and techniques, to conservation wikis, and to various special topic publications and resources. Electronic and print versions of past and current publications are usually available in the store, either free or for a fee.

The Objects Specialty Group (OSG) Postprints have been published regularly since 1992 and include papers developed from presentations given at AIC Annual Meetings. OSG members are granted free access to the postprints immediately after publication through the group's online Member Community. Objects Specialty Group Postprints are now online by article. An author index is also available at this site. Non-members of AIC's Objects Specialty Group may download new volumes through the AIC StoreE-reader versions of select volumes are also available through the AIC Store and the Member Community.

Online Community

Specialty groups maintain online member communities, which are valuable forums where colleagues with similar interests and experience can share and exchange ideas and practical information, facilitate open discussion, disseminate group-related news, questions, job postings, announcements, comments of interest, and general information. Communities are closed to members. Subscription to them is benefit of membership in the specialty group. All new members of the group are automatically subscribed to the community. All messages are archived and are searchable.

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Discussion Groups

Specialty groups sometimes form smaller subgroups to address specific topics. The Objects Specialty Group created the Archaeological Discussion Group.

Grants and Scholarships

Some specialty groups offer grants or scholarships to their members or those interested in working on projects related to the specialty area. In 2016 the Objects Specialty Group created the OSG Individual Grants to Attend AIC Annual Meeting to help defray costs for OSG members to attend the AIC Annual Meeting.

Resources for Outreach

Check out our Outreach resources page for tips and encouragement on representing our field and publicizing the great work conservators do.