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April 26, 2015 / Charlie McNabb

Happy Preservation Week 2015!

This week, April 26-May 2, is Preservation Week, when libraries, archives, and museums raise awareness of the need for preservation of physical and digital collections.

Logo with an hourglass and swirl and text that reads Pass it on... Preservation Week. April 26-May 2, 2015. www.ala.org/preservationweek

The website linked above has some great resources and information about preservation. If preservation is not a part of your job, you may wonder how you can participate. Well, everybody can participate in preservation! If you have photos, scrapbooks, diaries, art, home movies, music, quilts, or just about any other important-to-you artifact, there is plenty you could do to ensure that it lasts a long time.

Here are some helpful links:

Library of Congress Preserving Your Family Treasures has detailed and easy-to-read guidelines on caring for various formats (books, audio, photos, etc), as well as emergency preparedness.

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works has comprehensive guides on caring for your “personal heritage” (ceramics, glass, textiles, etc).

Library of Congress Digital Preservation has a great page on personal digital archiving.

I’ll be celebrating this week by performing my quarterly digital data backup! I backup to two external hard drives that I keep in a fire-proof and water-proof safe. I also recently ordered some book storage boxes that I’ll be putting some old, fragile books in.

What are you doing for Preservation Week?

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