April 27th through May 3rd 2014 is this year’s Preservation Week. Every year a branch of the American Library Association invites families and individuals to help preserve the records at their local libraries, and the records they have at home, for use by future generations. The Preservation Week website gives you many ways to celebrate. Some of them are as simple as going to a library and learning how to preserve your own family history records. You can also host an event to raise awareness about Preservation Week and the local efforts of your library.
The goal is to protect photographs, film, artwork, books and manuscripts from being damaged by temperature, heat, handling, and poor labeling. And a little bit of effort can go a long way.
The first step is to get in touch with your local library. Ask them how they are celebrating Preservation Week and how you can help.
If we focus our combined energy on preserving information think of all the history we share with future generations and all the people we will continue to serve.
There are many more resources on how to preserve on the atyourlibrary.org website and on the ALA website at the following URLs: