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.
ALA encourages libraries and other institutions to use Preservation Week 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. Last year, over 65 events took place nationwide.
Selected Preservation Week Resources
Two Free Webinars Are Planned:
1. April 26 — Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures with Nancy Kraft
2. April 28 — Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories with Bill LeFurgy
Preservation Week Hashtag: preswk
Videos, Statistics, Links, Preservation Awareness Stories
Preservation Week Partners:
- ALCTS | Preservation and Reformatting Section
- Library of Congress
- Institute of Museum and Library Services
- American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
- Society of American Archivists
- Heritage Preservation