Preservation Week @ your library publicity tools available

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/06/2012

Contact:

Macey Morales

CHICAGO – Libraries of all types can promote Preservation Week @ your library (April 22 - 28) with publicity tools offered by the American Library Association’s Public Information Office (PIO).

During Preservation Week @ your library, themed “Pass it on,” participating libraries will offer special programs and services that will help connect library users with preservation tools; promote the importance of preservation; and will strive to enhance knowledge of preservation issues within the general public. Each weekday libraries will focus on a preservation theme: Monday LP (vinyl) records, Tuesday quilts, Wednesday comic books, Thursday slides, Friday digital photos and Saturday old family letters.

PIO has created a number of publicity resources at http://tinyurl.com/pw12ptk for libraries to use to promote Preservation Week events and programs. The toolkit includes Preservation Week logos; program ideas; media templates; bookmarks and much more. 

Preservation Week @ your library was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staffs assigned responsibility for collections care; 22 percent have no collections care personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family and community collections are equally at risk. 

Preservation Week @ your library is a collaborative effort supported by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association, Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For more information on Preservation Week @ your library please visit www.ala.org/preservationweek .