Preservation project focuses on maintaining the cultural heritage of New Orleans

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/10/2018


Brooke Morris

Program Officer, Communications

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services

CHICAGO—On Friday, June 22 the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) will hold its third Preservation in Action (PiA) program at Preservation Hall in New Orleans, La. Designed to promote an understanding of the importance of preservation while engaging with cultural heritage collections during the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, this program will provide attendees with a hands-on opportunity to help preserve the culture and traditions of New Orleans.

The day-long program includes preservation care and handling training and hands-on rehousing activities. Working with archival collections centering primarily on photographs by Grauman Marks from the 1950s to 1960s, participants will learn about the preservation needs of diverse types of materials, appropriate storage and best practices.

Situated in the heart of the French Quarter, Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to preserve, perpetuate and protect traditional New Orleans jazz. Today the hall operates as a music venue, a touring band (the Preservation Hall Jazz Band), a record label and a non-profit organization. In addition to preserving the music of the city, Preservation Hall engages with the New Orleans cultural community through education and social programming. The Preservation Hall team has also created and supported organizations such as The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program and the New Orleans Musician’s Hurricane Relief Fund (NOMHRF) and has collaborated with local institutional partners like the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and the Make It Right Foundation.

For more information about the 2018 PiA program, visit To learn more about PiA and explore past PiA projects, visit   

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.