Celebrate Preservation Week next week

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/22/2013


Charles Wilt

Executive Director I

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

800-545-2433 ext.5030


CHICAGO — Celebrate Preservation Week April 21-27.  Get involved.  Find a library with an event.  Check out the toolkit.  Like us on Facebook.  Ask a question on “Dear Donia”.  

This national awareness campaign, a  presentation of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), was developed to  promote the understanding and importance of care for personal and community cultural heritage collections, whether they be books, documents, photographs, textiles, paintings, sculptures, furniture and decorative arts or whatever any person or community collects.

The Preservation Week adventure continues with New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry as National Spokesperson for Preservation Week.  Author of 10 novels, including seven Cotton Malone books, his newest novel, “The King’s Deception”, available June, 2013, heralds the return of popular bookseller Cotton Malone.  A devoted student of history, Berry and his wife, Elizabeth, founded History Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding the preservation of the fragile reminders of our past.  Since then, they have traveled the world raising much-needed funds for a wide range of historic preservation projects.  Read his Preservation Week message “Why Preserving History Matters”.

Preservation Week encourages libraries and other institutions to connect our communities through events, activities and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. Visit the Preservation Week 2013 website for more information or how you can get involved. Preservation Week is also part of the ALA @yourlibrary campaign.  Visit the preservation@yourlibrary page at www.atyourlibrary/passiton.    Check out the event map and speaker listings.  It’s never too late to add your event.

New this year are resources devoted to military families  in the Preservation @your Library website focusing on issues that military personnel, their families and their friends encounter when they want to save, document or record their family's military experience. 

Librarians who serve this community were asked for information and suggestions based on their interaction with their patrons. Their wonderful feedback has made this new webpage, For Military Families possible (http://atyourlibrary.org/passiton/military-families). The page features articles and resources. New, print-ready handouts, “Quick Preservation Tips: for Military Families”  and"Quick Preservation Tips: Take the First Step"can be passed on to library patrons for easy reference.

Preservation Week is grateful to the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Society of American Archivists, Oral History Section for their generous contributions to this project.

Always a popular part of Preservation Week are the free webinars.  Once again this year, there are three webinars available.  Registration is required.The webinars will be given at 1:00 p.m. CDT April 23 - 25 and will last about one hour.  Registration is required.  Learn more at www.ala.org/alcts/confevents.

The Preservation of Family Photographs: Here, There and Everywhere (April 23)

Presented by Debra Hess Norris, chair of the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware and Professor of Photograph Conservation.   ALCTS thanks Archival Products for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week.

Personal Digital Archiving (April 24)

Presented by Mike Ashenfelder, Digital Preservation Project coordinator, the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress. ALCTS thanks The Media Preserve for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week.

Archival 101: Dealing with Suppliers of Archival Products  (April 25)

Presented by Peter D. Verheyen, head of preservation and conservation at Syracuse University.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.