This post was written by Martin Kalfatovic, Associate Director, Digital Services Division, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. On October 11-12, Nancy Gwinn, Director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, and I participated in the Digital Public Library of America’s (DPLA) Midwest workstream and plenary meetings. The meetings were held in some wonderful meeting spaces at the Harold Washington Library Center of the Chicago Public Library (interesting side note: the building holds the record for largest public library space!).
The American Library Association Preservation Week is May 9-15. The Libraries is committed to the preservation, safe exhibition, and long-term access to its collections, many of which are irreplaceable. Our comprehensive preservation program includes the coordination of all library-wide activities relating to the preservation of library collections; conservation treatment of special and general collections needed for research, exhibition or digitization; collection maintenance and shelf preparation activities; commercial binding of serials and monographs; reformatting to microfilm or photocopy; disaster planning and response; environmental control; staff and user education; and public outreach. —Elizabeth Periale Phuong Pham, Library Technician, Preservation Services.