Start your engines–Preservation Week is the last week of April! Preservation is something that libraries have been doing since their invention but most people don’t realize what they could be doing at home to preserve their mementos, correspondence and digital life. Preservation Week is the time to raise awareness levels for libraries, museums and the general public. Libraries can 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. I’ve recently undertaken a couple activities at home by been putting all of my photos and negatives in acid and lignin-free containers and backing up my hard drive using a cloud service.
Get involved! You don’t need a lot of time or money – ALA has provided some excellent resources to get you started. You can find an Event Toolkit, Preservation Toolkit, Event Map, Speaker Locator and printable bookmarks. Here’s some suggestions for easy ways to promote Preservation Week from ALA :
- create a display about preserving and collecting personal, family, or community heritage
- offer a preservation workshop or event
- highlight Preservation Week on your website with a logo linked to ALA’s Preservation Week resources
- Tweet about Preservation Week #preswk.