Starting Sunday April 22, the American Library Association will kick off its third annual Preservation Week. The intention is to make connections between communities through events and activities that showcase what we can do to better preserve personal and shared collections. Preservation Week got its start in 2010 to bring awareness to the 630 million items in collecting institutions that require immediate care and attention. The American Library Association also points out that some 2.6 billion items are not protected by some form of an emergency plan. In 2011, more than 65 events were held nationwide during Preservation Week to bring awareness to this issue. This year, institutions across the country will be presenting webinars, workshops and lectures on how to better preserve your collections. In 2012, a diverse group of institutions will be participating in Preservation Week. You can find all of the scheduled Preservation Week events and locations on the official map.
Some of this year’s highlights include:
- At New York University’s Michelson Theater, Activist Archivists have collaborated with the Occupy Wall Street movement to hold a presentation about the OWS Archives Working Group and the challenges they have already experienced and will face with regards to preserving and archiving materials directly related to the Occupy Wall Street movement. (Tuesday April 24, 6 PM).
- MIT Libraries will be presenting about caring for your family’s textiles. This session is available as a webinar. It will cover proper storage and display of your textiles, and when to call in professional conservators to handle a project. Earlier, we wrote about one such group of professionals, our friends at Museum Textiles Services. (Tuesday April 24, 2:00-3:00 PM)
- The Library of Congress is hosting a pair of noontime events during Preservation Week. On Monday April 23, the Library of Congress will show a 35-minute, 1980’s photofilm, a movie made solely from still images, about library preservation events at the Library of Congress some three decades ago. On Wednesday April 25, conservation specialists from the Preservation Directorate will hold a seminar on the preservation of artifacts on paper. This workshop will focus on the basic conservation remedies that can be done at home.
University Products wants to help you get ready for your preservation week projects, so we are offering a sitewide 20% off sale through April 20, 2012. Use the coupon code PRESERVE12 at checkout, and the savings is yours!