What Can You Do to Preserve Personal and Shared Collections?

Preservation Week is April 21-27, 2013Celebrate Preservation Week 2013

By Miriam Centeno, Chair of 2013 Preservation Week Working Group

Do you want to do more outreach but find that you are short of time, staff and resources? No matter what level of commitment you can invest in, you can still participate in the foruth annual Preservation Week®, April 21–April 27, 2013.  This year, Preservation Week is expanding with new collaborations, web resources, and a new preservation tips column, "Dear Donia."

New Online Features

The Preservation Week website (www.ala.org/preservationweek) provides librarians with tips and online resources to help prepare for hosting an event. Post your institution’s activities in the Events Map and view other preservation events happening around the country. Preservation professionals who are interested in offering preservation workshops or lectures, can fill out the questionnaire in the Speaker Locator to connect with institutions in your region.

Create your own hand outs for Preservation Week or any time. Find images to make your own Preservation Week "Save Your Stuff" business cards and bookmarks. Find current images, logos, press release templates and other tools for promoting your event online.

A new, monthly online column will help keep preservation issues visible year-long. In "Dear Donia," Donia Conn will answer preservation questions from the general public through Preservation @ Your Library or the Preservation Week Facebook page. The column will be kicked off during Preservation Week 2013 on Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. CDT. Donia will host a one-hour live chat answering questions on the Preservation Week Facebook page (www.facebook.com/preservationweek).


In addition to the free webcasts on the ALCTS Preservation play list on YouTube, four free, live webinars will celebrate the week by covering a variety of different formats, from the analog to the digital.

Two webinars on personal digital archiving have come from a collaboration with the Public Library Association (PLA) & National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) at the Library of Congress.

  • March 20, Erin Engle will present Hosting a Personal Digital Archiving Day Event, which is geared toward helping library professionals host their own events. Sponsored by HR Group/ACME Bookbinding and George Blood, L.P.
  • Wednesday, April 24, Michael Ashenfelder will present a webinar session, Personal Digital Archiving, which will help the general public take care of their personal digital collections. Sponsored by The Media Preserve.

This year's sessions are free, but require registration. For registration information, visit the Preservation Week website. A recording of each webinar will be available the day after the session. Many institutions use both the live and the archived webinars found on the website as part of their educational programming to both staff and the community at large.

Outreach to Military Families

The Preservation @YourLibrary website (www.atyourlibrary.org/passiton) reaches out to the general public. A new section, Preservation Resources for Military Families, has been developed this year with help of the Society of American Archivist Oral History Roundtable and the Veterans History Project from the Library of Congress, that deals with the challenges for this community to preserve their family history and its impact in the national collective memory.

Get Involved

What else can you do? You can join the Preservation Week Working Group (PWWG)! You need not be part of the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of ALCTS to care about the health of our cultural heritage. There are oodles and oodles of exciting opportunities in PWWG. Please consider becoming a member at any time of the year—it takes a village! Contact Miriam Centeno, mcenteno@jhu.edu if you are interested.