Memories and treasures should last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. Sponsored by the ALA’s Association of Library Collections and Services and partner organizations, Preservation Week was created in 2010 to address the roughly 630 million items in collecting institutions that are in need of immediate attention and care, as well as to help individuals protect and store their personal, family and community collections.
Please help us celebrate Preservation Week by visiting these websites below that are full of useful information for helping preserve your collections, as well as ours! And it is not just books, but architecture, metal objects, paintings, photos, textiles, furniture, digital items and more!
- Preservation Week on Facebook
- American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, to help you preserve your collections, as well as the best search for finding a Professional Conservator from the only national membership organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation of cultural material.
- The Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress answers dozens of questions every week from the public. The topics of greatest interest are covered here and also in the Preservation FAQs and give special focus to preventive preservation measures, which are simple to achieve and are more economical than the options available once damage is done.
- Personal Archiving: Preserving Your Digital Memories
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