Here’s what the ALA has 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.
Preserving the artifacts of your own history is an important effort. Photographs, documents, heirlooms – they’re not just things, they’re a collection of precious, personal stories and they shouldn’t be lost to future generations.
Here are some things you can do this week to join in the movement:
- Learn how to properly handle photographs.
- Putting together a photo album or scrapbook? Gaylord has tips on how to best secure your memorabilia.
- Get photo storage tips from the Minnesota Historical Society.
- Make books with your kids and encourage them to tell their stories.
- Did your photos get wet? Learn how to salvage them.
- Watch a webinar on the preservation of 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!