Preservation Week, April 24-30

Preservation Week is a joint effort by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library of Congress and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  In 2005 the first comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections reported that U.S. institutions hold more than 4.8 billion items. A treasure trove of uncounted additional items is held by individuals, families, and communities. Through events, activities, and resources Preservation Week aims to highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. 


If you are interested in learning about how to care for your treasures, you can find local events by searching the map found on the American Library Association’s website at

If you want to learn about preservation from your living room, you can attend two FREE webinars: Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures and/or Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories.

Tuesday, April 26, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m, CDT. 

Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures

Accidents and disasters happen. When it does, are you prepared? Are your family treasures stored safely in your home or elsewhere? How do you save your photos when they have been submerged in flood water? What do you do if your books smell mildewy?  What if your basement floods or worse? Attend this session to learn answers to these questions and more.  Nancy Kraft, head of preservation at the University of Iowa, will provide tips and tools for checking out possible hazards around the house, dealing with mold and salvaging keepsakes, documenting damage for insurance purposes and keeping your family safe. 

To register, visit the GoToWebinar site:

Thursday, April 28, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., CDT.

Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories

Digital photos, electronic documents and other new media are fragile and require special care to keep them useable.  Preserving digital information is a new concept with which most people have little experience. As new technologies appear for creating and saving our personal digital information, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content.  Your guide, Bill LeFurgy, will teach you about the nature of the problem and offer some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital memories safe. 

To register, visit the GoToWebinar site:


Kathy McLeister, MLIS
–THS Archive Director

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