28 April 2015

Let's celebrate Preservation Week -- We all benefit!

This week is Preservation Week. This week is always a great opportunity to think about what you, or a local organization or archive or library or government entity are doing to help make sure that future generations will be able to take advantage of all that has been preserved for them.

From the American Library Association (ALA) Preservation Week page ...

During Preservation Week libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared history.

Preservation Week 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.

Preservation Week is an initiative of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Many libraries and other facilities will hold special programs this week.  Check with your local library or other repository to see if there are any special programs planned.  Or, maybe a new resource guide has been created?

As a minimum, make sure that you are “preserving” your own personal heritage for your descendants to enjoy!

P.S.  Preservation Week even has a Facebook Page!
P.P.S.  There is a great Event and Speaker Map to make it easy to find out what is happening in your neck of the woods.  This is not a comprehensive resource and do check locally for non-listed events.

Editor’s Note: past Upfront with NGS posts on this topic.

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