Treasures do not always come in a gold glittering box, shimmering labyrinths, or nestled in chests within dark crevasses of the sea. Sometimes, the most delicate and astonishing treasures can be found within local, often under-looked locations such as public libraries. A library is not just a building of books or a place to do homework—it is so much more. Libraries are hosts to history, culture and human experiences. They hold more than dusty pages within their walls with their countless collections, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, textiles and other priceless treasures, libraries are essential to preserving precious links in the great chain of human history.
In 2005 the American Library Association (ALA) recognized this major deficit and took action by creating a national survey in which collectibles and their care were reported. From there, Preservation Week evolved into a national event in which libraries can collaborate with the ALA for webinars, resources and assistance for the proper care and preservation of their collectibles. Transitioning into digital forms and copies is essential and encouraged for the ascension into the future for libraries. Preservation week takes place from April 24th-30th in 2016 and such preservation of these precious treasures is strongly encouraged during this time. If you have questions regarding preservation week or would like to learn more, visit the Hickman Johnson Furrow Learning Center’s website or stop in.
You can also check out these great resources:
Sioux City Historic Preservation Commission: Preservation Week Events
Preservation Week Official Website
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Seabrook, John. "The Invisible Library." The New Yorker 2015: Literature Resource Center. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.
Bee, Robert. "The Importance Of Preserving Paper-Based Artifacts In A Digital Age." Library Quarterly 78.2 (2008): 179-194. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.
Anderson, David. "The Digital Dark Age." Communications Of The ACM 58.12 (2015): 20-23.Business Source Premier. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.
Tanner, Simon, and Marilyn Deegan. Digital Preservation. London: Facet Publishing, 2006. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 25 Apr. 2016.