CHICAGO — Celebrate the 5th annual Preservation Week, starting Sunday, April 27 through Saturday, May 3. 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.
Libraries are the perfect place to share preservation information and libraries across the U.S. and beyond will celebrate Preservation Week with:
- scanning snapshots and memories in Michigan;
- special care for military collectibles in Hawaii;
- Ethiopic illuminated manuscript at Brown University;
- screenings of a restored 1914 film, "The Boy Mayor," in Oregon;
- photos from daguerreotype to digital in Hong Kong;
- microbes and digitization at University of British Columbia and;
- eight separate events at New York Public library, their largest offering of Preservation Week events to date.
See the online Event Map for details and more events. It’s never too late to add your event—share how you celebrate.
Always a popular part of Preservation Week are the free webinars. This year, there are two webinars available:
- Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives (Tuesday, April 29). Presented by Karen E. K. Brown, preservation librarian for the University at Albany, SUNY University Libraries. What can we do to protect our collectables from damage even if we don’t think we have a perfect place to keep them? Learn about possible risks from handling and the environment, and practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe to help ensure what you have can be shared for many years to come. ALCTS thanks Archival Products for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week.
- Preserving Scrapbooks (Thursday, May 1). Presented by Melissa Tedone, conservator at Iowa State University Library. Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a diversity of materials. Learn about common problems with long-term preservation of scrapbooks and identify the most stable materials and bindings for new scrapbooks. ALCTS thanks Gaylord for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week.
Registration is required for each webinar, but there is no charge. The sessions begin at 1 p.m. CDT and will last about one hour.
If you’re not able to get to the library next week, pose your most vexing preservation question to our preservation professional in the “Dear Donia” preservation advice column. Every question becomes an entry in our raffle for a free Document Preservation Kit from Hollinger Metal Edge.
ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.