For immediate release | April 20, 2021

Celebrate Preservation Week ® 2021 with free webinars, event tools and resources

CHICAGO — April 25–May 1, libraries, institutions, archives and museums across the country will celebrate preservation and conservation in their communities, libraries, institutions, archives and museums. Following the Preservation Week 2021 theme “Preserving Community Archives,” Preservation Week will promote and support efforts to conserve community archives, offering free webinars, event tools, and preservation tips and resources.

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, New York Times Magazine journalist and founder of the landmark 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones is the honorary chair of Preservation Week 2021 and appears in free Preservation Week artwork and audio and video Public Service Announcements (PSAs). In addition, Hannah-Jones will be featured in an episode of American Libraries Magazine’s Call Number podcast for a conversation on the 1619 Project, the modern legacy of slavery in the U.S., and the social justice power that community archives represent. Follow her on Twitter with @nhannahjones as she engages in discussions surrounding civil rights and social justice and highlights the significance of community archives.

Join Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures and Preservation Week on Tuesday, April 27 and Wednesday, April 28 for two free Preservation Week webinars. "Collecting and Preserving after Tragedy" will explore the Orange County Regional History Center's rapid response collecting initiative to preserve items collected after the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. Serving as an introduction to rapid response collecting, the webinar will also examine how the museum collected at memorial sites and inside the club, especially concerning the stabilization and preservation of items that underwent heavy exposure to the elements. "Introduction to Community Archiving Workshop (CAW)" will provide a discussion of the Community Archiving Workshop (CAW) model that is designed to engage both trained professionals and anyone with home movies or other creative works stored on film, video, audio or digital media objects. During this webinar attendees will receive an overview of the history of the CAW committee, an explanation of the basic workshop model, and a summary of the committee's current work through grant-funded projects. Recordings of both webinars will be available in the Preservation Week Webinars archive after the live events.

Follow @PreservationWk on Twitter and @preservation_week on Instagram during Preservation Week as we spotlight some of our favorite community archives and feature Preservation Week events and activities. Libraries, institutions, archives and museums are invited to use the hashtag #preswk to connect with their communities and discuss their preservation programs and services. To learn about the Core Preservation Outreach Committee and their work with Preservation Week, join Preservation Outreach Committee Chair Katherine Risseeuw and Core Advocacy & EDI Program Officer Brooke Morris-Chott in an Instagram Live chat with Adelphi University Libraries Associate Dean Jason Byrd on Friday, April 30 at noon CT.

Preservation Week is supported by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association.


Brooke Morris-Chott

Advocacy and EDI Program Officer

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures