The American Library Association, the Society of American Archivists, the Library of Congress, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and many other cultural heritage organizations have partnered to launch Preservation Week - a national campaign to help raise awareness about collecting and preservation, to connect the general public to preservation information and expertise, and to emphasize the close relationships among personal, family, community, and public collections and their preservation.
Currently, 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staff 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.
In 2011, more than 65 events took place nationwide. In 2012, UNLV University Libraries will be one of them.In celebration, there are several activities taking place this week!
We have Preservation Week posters and signs up throughout the libraries; look for them. And, we have a new Preservation Week exhibit on display on the 3rd floor, outside Special Collections.
We are hosting a Preservation Open House
Saturday, April 28th; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Program starts at 1:00 PM and Tours start at 2:00pm Digital collections staff will be presenting a session on personal archiving tips followed by demonstrations of recent digital collections.
All events are free and open to the public. If you know of anyone wanting to attend, encourage them e-mail an RSVP ahead of time, so we can anticipate them.Check out the UNLV Special Collections Preservation webpage
for more information.
There are a couple of webinar events being given free of charge in observance of Preservation Week 2012.
We hope you can join us in person for Preservation Week activities at the Libraries or participate in one of the many virtual opportunities.