[Libs-Or] Preservation Week: April 22-28

Mary Kristen Kern kernk at pdx.edu
Mon Mar 12 13:07:21 PDT 2012

Libraries of all types can promote Preservation Week @ your library (April
22 - 28) with publicity tools offered by the American Library Association’s
Public Information Office (PIO).

During Preservation Week @ your library, themed “Pass it on,” participating
libraries will offer special programs and services that will help connect
library users with preservation tools; promote the importance of
preservation; and will strive to enhance knowledge of preservation issues
within the general public. Each weekday libraries will focus on a
preservation theme: Monday LP (vinyl) records, Tuesday quilts, Wednesday
comic books, Thursday slides, Friday digital photos and Saturday old family

PIO has created a number of publicity resources at
http://tinyurl.com/pw12ptk for libraries to use to promote Preservation
Week events and programs. The toolkit includes Preservation Week logos;
program ideas; media templates; bookmarks and much more.

Preservation Week @ your library was created in 2010 because some 630
million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and
care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staffs assigned
responsibility for collections care; 22 percent have no collections care
personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency
plan. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources
are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family and community
collections are equally at risk.

Preservation Week @ your library is a collaborative effort supported by the
Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of
the American Library Association, Library of Congress and the Institute of
Museum and Library Services.

For more information on Preservation Week @ your library please visit
www.ala.org/preservationweek .

Kristen Kern
Fine and Performing Arts Librarian
Portland State Library
kernk at pdx.edu
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