In the world of libraries, we often think about the preservation of materials we hold in our collections. We want to ensure that special and unique materials are handled carefully, stored properly and are available for many years to come.
But how often do you think about preserving your own memories for future generations? From prom tickets and postcards to grandmother’s quilt and handwritten letters to boxes of photographs taken decades ago, all of these items have a special place in our hearts. While we can scan a letter and save a photo online, there’s something precious about holding the “real thing” in our hands.
April 27 thru May 3, 2014 marks National Preservation Week, sponsored by The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (a division of the American Library Association). Preservation Week highlights ways “to connect our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.
For more information check out the Preservation Toolkit which includes: Caring for Your Documents and Works of Art on Paper, Caring for Your Photographic Collections, Resources in Other Languages, and Resources for Military Families.
Additionally, these free webinars are available to everyone. No prior preservation experience is needed:
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 11 am, Low Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 11 am Preserving Scrapbooks
Previous National Preservation Week webcasts also available include:
Posted for Trisha Aurelio, Technical Services Supervisor at Armacost Library.