Preservation Week 2019 will be held April 21–27. An initiative of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), Preservation Week encourages libraries “to connect our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.”
ACRL has a number of resources, publications, and events to help you prepare for, and participate in, Preservation Week:
- ACRL’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Section offers many freely available resources for those working with rare collections, including:
- “Your Old Books,” a publication that addresses frequently asked questions about rare and older books and their values.
- Various guidelines for rare and special collections, including for Security and Theft, Interlibrary and Exhibition Loan, and Selection and Transfer of Materials from General Collections.
- Several cataloging aids for rare book catalogers.
- Catch up on your reading with publications tackling issues in special collections, including:
- Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work
- Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships
- The Globalized Library: American Academic Libraries and International Students, Collections, and Practices
- RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage
- Want a deep dive into special collections and rare materials? Join us
June 18-21 in Baltimore for the 2019 RBMS Conference! The theme for this year’s conference is Response and Responsibility: Special Collections and Climate Change. Registration is now open!
- Join us on Monday, April 22, for a free ACRL Presents webcast, “Exhibition Preservation Checklist: Caring for Your Collections on Display,” presented by Richenda Brim, Head of the Preservation Department at Stanford University Libraries. Register now!
Look for more information from ACRL during Preservation Week. For more information about ACRL resources, visit acrl.org or contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Preservation Week, including additional resources and ways to participate, visit the ALCTS website.