Kelvin Smith Library will host a series of events for Preservation Week, an annual national event sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services to increase public awareness of preservation needs.
To celebrate, the following free events will be offered at the library:
Tuesday, April 29, from 2 to 3 p.m.: “Low-cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives”. Learn how to keep collections of family papers, photos, cookbooks and other personal collectables in good physical condition so they will last.
Thursday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to noon: “Personal Digital Preservation: Bigger than a Shoebox”. At this course, a Lyrasis distance education class free for Preservation Week, attendees will explore the challenges of personal digital preservation and techniques to plan for long-term access to digital collections of all types.
Thursday, May 1, from 2 to 3 p.m.: “Preserving Scrapbooks and Making New Scrapbooks that Last”. Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a variety of materials. In this webinar, participants will learn the common problems associated with long-term preservation of scrapbooks, how to identify problem materials in older scrapbooks and what to do about them, and how to identify the most stable materials and bindings
for creating new scrapbooks.
Friday, May 2, from 1 to 4 p.m.: “Book Repair and Protective Enclosure Demonstration.” Preservation staff will repair damaged books from Kelvin Smith Library’s collection at the entrance to the library. Attendees are welcome to observe and ask questions, or bring a damaged book for a consultation with a conservator.
Attendees of one or more of three different webinars about preserving personal items will be entered into a drawing to win a basket of archival supplies from Dick Blick.
All webinars will be held in room LL06 B&C on the library’s lower level. The live book repair demonstration will take place at the library’s entrance.