Events celebrating the fourth annual Preservation Week will be held across the country at academic, public, and special libraries April 21-27, 2013. Activities include lectures, presentations, demonstrations and workshops, as well as three free Preservation Week-sponsored webinars.

Two new online tools are available now:

  1. the Event Map helps libraries promote their events and
  2. the Speaker Locator helps libraries find preservation professionals to give presentations and demonstrations during Preservation Week or any time.

New this year are Preservation Week Quick Tip Cards titled “Save Your Stuff.” Libraries can make them in-house or support Preservation Week by purchasing them from a printer. The cards give examples of items that need special care (textiles, scrapbooks, film, audio materials, and others) and provide a link to Quick Tips for caring for that item. The reverse of the card explains the importance of Preservation Week.

Recognizing the critical role libraries play in preservation, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) in partnership with the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is proud to bring Preservation Week to libraries across the country. This national awareness campaign was developed to promote the understanding and importance of care for personal and community cultural heritage collections, such as books, documents, photographs, textiles, paintings, sculptures, furniture and decorative arts.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. Call your local library to see about events they may be sponsoring next week for Preservation Week 2013.