Hey everyone – it’s Preservation Week! This annual event, presented by the American Library Association (ALA), is going on now through April 28th. The ALA must be very busy this month considering that this event is held just two weeks after National Library Week!
Here’s what they’ve got to say about the event:
Memories and treasures should last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. Sponsored by the ALA’s Association of Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), Preservation Week inspires actions to preserve personal, family, and community collections in addition to library, museum, and archive collections. It also raises awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions play in providing ongoing preservation education and information.
So yeah, preserving heirlooms (and what are essentially personal artifacts) is a good and important thing. Just think of all of the stories those items have to say – it’s such a shame when those stories are lost to future generations.
Photographs are an obvious no-brainer when it comes thinking about something that should be protected. Here are some things you can do this week when boarding the Preservation Week Train:
- Learn how to properly care for scrapbooks.
- Putting together a photo album or scrapbook? Gaylord has tips on how to best secure your memorabilia.
- Get photo storage tips from the Minnesota History Center.
- Did your photos get wet? Learn how to salvage them.
- Watch a webinar on how to preserve family photographs.
- [insert shameless plug here] Get one of my photo albums and print out those pics you’re keeping on your phone. [end plug]
Let me know what you’re doing this week!