It’s Preservation Week!
April 26 – May 2, 2015 marks Preservation Week, a time when institutions work to raise awareness of the importance of protecting and conserving both public and private collections. The event is sponsored by the Association for Library Collections & Technology Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
From the ALA website:
Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staff assigned responsibility for collections care; 22 percent have no collections care personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family, and community collections are equally at risk.
The hope is that organizations can inspire people to get involved through participation in events in their community. The ALA website has a Google Map of planned events and speakers – check it out. Remember – small actions add up!
Want to get involved? Here are some ideas:
- Watch a video on preservation by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.
- Read about preservation of scrapbooks and albums.
- Attend a webinar on preservation.
- Learn how to properly care for books, from the Library of Congress.
- Make a book with kids!
I’d love to hear about what you’re doing this week – let me know!