How to Plan a (Last-Minute) Preservation Week Event

Preservation Week 2014 (April 27--May 3) is coming up quickly, but it's not too late to make plans.

The celebration, a presentation of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), 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.

How can librarians commemorate Preservation Week, especially at the last minute? Start small, says Donia Conn of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

  • Arrange a display case with preservation information. Consider partnering with another organization, such as a university or even a quilting club, to share how and why they preserve their work.
  • Include preservation topics in your blog during Preservation Week, such as a post about preserving photos and family treasures.
  • Invite patrons to watch two free webinars offered by ALCTS: "Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives" (April 29) and "Preserving Scrapbooks" (May 1). Registration is required. If you can't show them live, access recorded versions later.
  • Download and print bookmarks from the Preservation Week Event Toolkit.

For more tips, visit the Preservation Week website or get more of Donia Conn's advice in the webinar "How to Host a Preservation Week Event."

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