Preservation in Action 2019

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Preservation in Action (PiA) is a program sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS), in support of ALA's Libraries Transform initiative. The program is intended to promote an understanding of the importance of preservation while engaging with cultural heritage collections in ALA conference locations.

Preservation in Action Event — Volunteers Wanted!

Join Preservation in Action for an engaging, hands-on opportunity to help preserve local cultural heritage at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC! Participants will take part in day-long preservation project with District of Columbia Public Library, Special Collections, which is in an interim space located at 1709 3rd Street, NE, Washington DC. The day will include preservation care and handling training and hands-on rehousing activities. Working with archival collections, primarily with damaged and fragile books from the division’s Cutter Collection, participants will learn about the preservation needs of these types of materials, appropriate storage, and best practices.

No experience is required. This event is SOLD OUT. Please contact the ALCTS Office to be added to the waitlist.

The District of Columbia Public Library is a dynamic source of information, programs, books and other library materials and services that improve the quality of life for District residents of all ages that, when combined with expert staff, helps build a thriving city. The Library provides environments that invite reading, community conversation, creative inspiration and exploration, lectures, films, computer access and use, workforce and economic development, storytimes for children, and much more. DC Public Library includes a soon-to-be-modernized central library and 25 neighborhood libraries and also provides services in nontraditional settings outside of the library buildings. DC Public Library enriches and nourishes the lives and minds of all District residents, provides them with the services and tools needed to transform lives, and builds and supports community throughout the District of Columbia.

Friday, June 21  |  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. |  event code: ALC3

Sponsorship provided by

Backstage Library Works

Learn more about Preservation in Action—view the event from Preservation in Action 2018.