We all have family histories, many of them written down in family trees, journals, scrapbooks, etc. When my grandmother passed away in February, I took it upon myself to write down her and her family’s history, since it hadn’t ever been recorded. This year, Preservation Week is more important to me than it has ever been in the past.
In recent years, as natural disasters have taught us, our resources are in jeopardy and our collections in libraries, museums, and other institutions are equally at risk; we must preserve these collections and resources, and this week is a celebration of preserving the collections and bringing awareness to the issue at hand.
We take this week to think about our family histories and what we could do to preserve them better. Please check out some of the additional resources below to learn more.
Sioux City Historic Preservation Commission
American Library Association and Preservation Awareness
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DeRidder, Jody. "First Aid Training For Those On The Front Lines: Digital Preservation Needs Survey Results 2012." Information Technology & Libraries 32.2 (2013): 18-28. Academic Search Premier. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.
Harvey, Ross, and D R (Douglas Ross) Harvey. Preserving Digital Materials. Berlin: De Gruyter Saur, 2011. eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 27 Apr. 2015.
SPRINKLE, JOHN H. "'Of Exceptional Importance': The Origins of the 'Fifty-Year Rule' in Historic Preservation." The Public Historian2007: 81. JSTOR Journals. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.
"The Importance Of Digital Preservation." The Chronicle Of Higher Education 34 (2012): Academic OneFile. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.