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), 2015).
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?
President Obama once wrote, “Part of America’s genius has always been its ability to absorb newcomers, to forge a national identity out of the disparate lot that arrived on our shores.” The memories and treasures of individuals, families, and communities are essential to the record of this process—they contribute to our understanding of history and its participants just as collections in libraries, museums, and archives do. Preservation Week, “Pass It On!” is the time when local institutions across the country celebrate with preservation-themed events in their own communities. Sponsored by the American Library Association, Preservation Week highlights collections of all kinds and is a link to simple steps to help you make sure your treasures and memories last a lifetime, by getting passed on to future generations. (ALA Preservation Week Short Messages to Share http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/plan/messages).
How are we celebrating Preservation Week?
This year during Preservation Week (April 26 to May 2, 2015) the John B. Coleman Library Special Collections/Archives Department (SCAD) will showcase the Prairie View Co-Eds, an All-Girls Band from the 1940’s, in a newly created mobile application and display. The creation of the app was facilitated by Northwest Houston Center Distance Services Librarian Elizabeth Jean Brumfield. Take time to come celebrate, experience and explore the past with the John B. Coleman Library while learning a new technology!
April 2013 Preservation Week Page
Preservation Week Links
- Honorary Chair Brad Meltzer – mp3 audio link
- In The Loop Newsletter—April 15, 2015
- Preserving Your Memories
Preservation Week Videos
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