Preservation Week


Preservation Week
  Preservation Week
Image part of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant For The Preservation Of Photographic Collections
What is preservation, and why should you care?

Preservation is the act of protecting and keeping cultural materials from harm, injury, decay, or destruction, particularly by minimizing deterioration and damage, with intent of extending the life of said materials. (The Society of American Archivists (SAA), 2013)

According to the American Library Association, roughly 2.6 billion items held by libraries, archives, and special collections are at risk to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, or fires. Nearly half of these are in danger of being lost forever. The ALA posits that “plausibly trillions of items held by the general public are at risk.” Endangered items include books, manuscripts, scrapbooks, artifacts, family collections, and digital items stored both on home computers and in online venues such as Facebook, Flickr, or Instagram.

What is Preservation Week?
For libraries throughout the nation, Preservation Week is a celebration to raise awareness, host events, and provide education for endangered items. Students, staff, faculty, and the community as a whole can participate in preserving books, photos, and other materials for the benefit of their friends and families, and for generations to come.
How are we celebrating Preservation Week?
Check out the Preservation Week display cases designed by Chieko Sato and Angela Johnson, located at the John B. Coleman library entrance. The display will remain in place through the end of Spring 2013 semester.  Anna Mod, winner of the Good Brick Award, 2013, will be the guest speaker for the Northwest Houston Center Preservation Week program on April 22, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Preservation Week Links


Why Preserving History Matters
 An article from Steve Berry, 2012-2013 Preservation Week Spokesperson
Preservation Week Videos
Steve Berry: Preservation Week
@your Library
The FUNdamentals of Book Care in 5 Easy Lessons
George Mason University Libraries
Preservation Faux Pas
Kansas State University Library
Digital Preservation and Nuclear Disaster: An Animation
Digital Preservation Europe
Why Digital Preservation is Important for You
Library of Congress
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Subject Content by  Phyllis Earles, University Archivist
Maintained by Karl Henson, Library Webmaster
Updated 9/30/2014

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