A couple weeks ago I wrote about Preservation Week starting at the end of this month. There are two free 1 hour webinars being offered by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) division of ALA.
1. Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives (Tuesday, April 29 1PM CDT). Presented by Karen E. K. Brown, preservation librarian for the University at Albany, SUNY University Libraries. What can we do to protect our collectables from damage even if we don’t think we have a perfect place to keep them? Learn about possible risks from handling and the environment, and practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe to help ensure what you have can be shared for many years to come.
2. Preserving Scrapbooks (Thursday, May 1- 1 PM CDT).
Presented by Melissa Tedone, conservator at Iowa State University Library.
Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a diversity of materials. Learn about common problems with long-term preservation of scrapbooks and identify the most stable materials and bindings for new scrapbooks.
Consider inviting the public to join you for the webinars. They will also be recorded so those that register can access the recording at any time. Click on the links above for more information, technical requirements and registration. Don’t forget about the free bookmarks and flyers in the Event Toolkit.
Or pose your most commonly asked preservation question to a preservation professional in our Dear Donia preservation advice column. Every question becomes an entry in the ALCTS raffle for a free Document Preservation Kit from Hollinger Metal Edge.