Preservation Week – The Importance of Preservation Awareness

Over 630 million items in libraries, museums, etc. require immediate attention. These places are often understaffed, and have no one specifically assigned to the care of the collection. These resources are in jeopardy if something should happen, for example natural disasters, and this doesn’t just include archives and museums. Personal collections of books, photos, or data are are risk as well.

ALA encourages libraries and other institutions to use Preservation Week to spread the word about preservation to protect our personal and shared collections!

1We are focusing on preservation work in the archives this week, and here is one way we take care of our more fragile items. We make custom phase boxes for items like this copy of ‘Concerning Osteopathy’ by George V. Webster from 1921. (Left.)

We will be celebrating Preservation Week by posting helpful tips  and examples throughout the week on our Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep your books, photos, audio, and data in excellent condition!

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We have also been pulling our smaller pamphlets like these to be put into archival folders, so they are are more protected on the shelf!

 

Check out more information on the ALA Preservation Week site:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/about

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