The Library of Congress announces a new online resource, “Saving Our Stuff,” to help members of the public preserve their personal and shared collections of papers, books, photographs and other materials. The site provides information on handling, storage and technology considerations.
The Library’s Preservation Directorate created the resource in celebration of Preservation Week 2015 (April 26 – May 1). Preservation Week is an annual, national celebration, launched in 2010 by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association, in response to a national survey on the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections.
“A lot of damage we see comes from moments as simple as leaving a drink unattended or using a little too much force when handling a book. It’s amazing how much you can extend a book’s lifespan just by taking a few easy precautions,” said Beth Kerr, a technician in the Library’s Binding and Collections Care Division of the Preservation Directorate who helped curate the display.