Preservation Week 2011

Pass it On: Preservation Week is April 25-30th! Below you will find activities that members of the SAA Preservation Section are sponsoring or thought would be good to highlight. If you would like your institution's event listed, email with the relevant information.

SAA Preservation Poster (see attachment below)

Download this poster for free! SAA's Preservation Section and NARA's Preservation Programs are please to present an e-poster in recognition of Preservation Week 2011. We encourage you to share this poster with staff and the general public. It is sized to 8 1/2" by 11" so tha it can be printed on any color printer.


NARA has created a public wiki page for their 2011 Preservation Conference. Join the discussion:


Preservation Services at the University of Virginia will show rare films in celebration of Preservation Week 2011:


Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K Street, NW sponsors the following activities:

Using a Digital Camera to Copy Books and Documents Saturday, April 23, 2011, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Harold McClendon will show you how you can setup any digital camera, including a point & shoot camera, to photograph books and documents in a library.  Not only do you save money but you get a better copy.  The first part of the class will be a demonstration of how to use the camera in a library.  The second part of the class will individually demonstrate for each class participants how to configure their individual cameras.

Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles Book Discussion Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Don Williams, Senior Conservator, Smithsonian Institution, discusses his comprehensive book on preserving every type of collectible -- from the sentimental to the valuable.  For all collectors, "Saving Stuff" explains -- in plain language – how you can use the techniques of museum professionals to keep your prized possessions in mint condition.

Saving Your Treasures -- Film and Discussion Thursday, April 28, 2011, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tucked away in attics and basements, boxes and photographs, quilts and heirlooms are slowly disintegrating. But there is something you can do!  "Saving Your Treasures" introduces you to the science and art of conservation and along the way offers advice to help you preserve and protect your own treasures at home.  Yvonne Carignan, Historical Society Library Director and Head of Collections, will introduce the film and lead discussion/answer questions afterward.


The Library of Congress hosts Pass it On: Personal Archiving Day:


Other sources with Preservation Week activities listed:

ALA Preservation Week Page

SAA/ALA bookmark and poster for sale.

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