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      Recognizing the critical role libraries play in preservation, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS, a division of the American Library Association) 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.

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

      There is still time to prepare a public event for sharing information about preserving collections, and an Event Toolkit that contains resources for planning and promoting Preservation Week events can be found on the Preservation Week website. Two new online tools are available now:

      1. the Event Map helps libraries promote their events and replaces the Google Maps that have been used during previous Preservation Weeks, and
      2. the Speaker Locator helps libraries find preservation professionals to give presentations and demonstrations during Preservation Week or any time.

      Another new promotion tool for Preservation Week 2013 is a series of 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. Please look at all the great tools that are available for you and your library to use to promote Preservation Week.

      New for Preservation Week 2013 will be an all new preservation advice column – Dear Donia.  What “Dear Abby” was to personal relationships, Dear Donia will be for all your preservation conundrums!  How do I store my grandfather’s letters home from the front?  What should I do to preserve my family color snapshots that are fading? How can I preserve my child’s baby quilt made by her great-grandmother?  To launch the column on Friday, April 26  at 11 am EST, Donia Conn will host a one hour live chat  to help answer your preservation questions.  In the meantime, feel free to send Donia questions via the Preservation Week’s Facebook page.

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