Preservation Week®, April 24 – May 30, 2022, promotes the role of libraries and other institutions in preserving personal and public collections and treasures. Through a variety of resources, Preservation Week provides ideas for public events that can be held at libraries, institutions, and other community spaces and tips and tools for preservation and disaster planning.
The 2022 Preservation Week theme is “Preservation in the Face of Climate Change.” Celebrating the concept of climate resiliency, Preservation Week 2022 will highlight the effects of climate change on our shared cultural heritage materials. The papers, photographs, ephemera and other materials held by both institutions and individuals can be integral to telling the story of the human impact on the environment. During Preservation Week, we urge libraries, museums, institutions and communities to examine the effects on collections and their keepers, as well as resiliency strategies.
Preservation Week is supported by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association.
Preservation Week Honorary Chair
Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of the Brooklyn-based Latinx community organization UPROSE, will serve as the 2022 Preservation Week Honorary Chair. Yeampierre, an internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental and climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry, is a fierce advocate and trailblazer for community organizing around just, sustainable development, environmental justice, and community-led climate adaptation. Prior to assuming the role as UPROSE Executive Director, she worked as the director of Legal Education and Training at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund, director of Legal Services for the American Indian Law Alliance and was the dean of Puerto Rican Student Affairs at Yale University. She currently serves as the Co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance Board of Directors.
As a community leader and executive director at UPROSE, Yeampierre has led a multitude of successful urban sustainability and environmental justice initiatives. She founded the NYC Climate Justice Youth Summit, a space for young BIPOC New Yorkers to learn how to engage their local communities in addressing the intersection of racial justice and climate change. In response to Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Yeampierre founded New York City’s first grassroots-led, climate adaptation and community resiliency planning project the Climate Justice Center. Yeampierre has been a speaker at local, national and international forums including Sage Paris 2015, 2016 GRI Amsterdam, Oxford, the Hague and the White House Forum on Environmental Justice. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications and media outlets.
Preservation Week PSAs
Video PSAs available for download (click on the links)
Preservation Week Artwork