Preservation Week 2011

Many of our customers are genealogy buffs and most of you have troves of family photos and treasured books you want to preserve. Here are three events of interest. The Library of Congress, the American Library Association, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, in celebration of Preservation Week 2011, are sponsoring free public webinars and demonstrations. For two events you’ll only need to be at your computer; for the third you'll have to be in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 30.

The webinars ( web-based seminars)  are  “Accidents Happen” (Tuesday, April 26) and "Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories" (Thursday, April 28). 

The Washington event is called Pass it On: Personal Archiving Day at the Library of Congress. It is a free public event on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will provide information about preserving personal and family photographs in both digital and non-digital form.

Read on for details and registration.

Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures: a free public webinar

Where: your computer internet browser

When: Tuesday, April 26, 1 pm CST

Accidents and disasters happen. Are your family treasures stored safely in your home or elsewhere? How do you save your photos when they've been submerged in flood water? What do you do if your books smell mildewy? What if your basement floods or worse? Attend this session to learn answers to these questions and more.

Nancy E. Kraft, Head of Preservation at the University of Iowa Libraries, will provide tips and tools for checking out possible hazards around the house, dealing with mold and salvaging keepsakes, documenting damage for insurance purposes, and keeping your family safe.

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Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories: a free public webinar

Where: your computer internet browser

When: Thursday, April 28, 1 pm CST

Digital photos, electronic documents, and other new media are fragile and require special care to keep them useable. But preserving digital information is a new concept that most people have little experience with. As new technologies appear for creating and saving our personal digital information, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content. Learn about the nature of the problem and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital memories safe.

Bill LeFurgy, Digital Initiatives Manager with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress, will lead this webinar.

For information and registration:


Pass It On: Personal Archiving Day at the Library of Congress

Where: Washington, D.C., Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 1st Street. S.E., between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street

When: Saturday, April 30th, 11 am-2 pm

This event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed.

Library staff will be on hand to talk directly with individuals about how to manage and preserve their pictorial treasures. (Please, for security reasons, do not bring collection materials to the event. No appraisals will be provided.)  There will be videos and printed information available. 

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Photo image: Flicker cc: Digital Scrapbook for Dad, by meglet125