Preservation Week during the last week in April is a national campaign to help raise awareness about collecting and preservation, to connect the general public to preservation information and expertise, and to emphasize the close relationships among personal, family, community, and public collections and their preservation. The American Library Association encourages libraries and other institutions to use Preservation Week highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve personal and shared collections.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Visit the Preservation Week website to learn how to preserve family collections.
Invite a speaker to talk about a preservation topic.
Attend a public book repair or conservation treatment.
Follow on social media with #preservationweek #alcts (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services).
The American Library Association organized the first Preservation Week in 2010 to highlight the importance of preserving cultural heritage materials.
Society of American Archivists, the American Library Association, the Library of Congress, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and many other cultural heritage organizations promote the observance of Preservation Week.
In 2005 the first comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections reported that U.S. institutions hold more than 4.8 billion items. Libraries alone hold 3 billion items (63 percent of the whole). A treasure trove of uncounted additional items is held by individuals, families, and communities. These collections include books, manuscripts, photographs, prints and drawings, and objects such as maps, textiles, paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and furniture, to give just a sample. They include moving images and sound recordings that capture performing arts, oral history, and other records of our creativity and history. Digital collections are growing fast, and their formats quickly become obsolescent, if not obsolete.
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