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Preservation Week Events in the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, April 2016

Preservation Week is April 24 – 30, 2016

pres week banner imagesEvery spring, libraries across the country participate in Preservation Week to raise awareness of the importance of preserving our collective cultural heritage. Talks, workshops, webinars, and exhibits are presented across the country on everything from caring for family treasures to disaster preparedness to personal digital archiving.

The idea for Preservation Week grew out of a study that assessed the state of preservation efforts in cultural institutions across the country. The study found that a majority of collection-holding institutions do not have any preservation staff and lack the capacity to care for their collections.

Fortunately, that is not the case in the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries! On the contrary, IU’s distinguished collections are well cared for by specialists in many formats, including books, paper, digital information, and time-based media.

In honor of Preservation Week, IUB Libraries’ preservation specialists have two public offerings: a set of talks on April 29th, and an exhibit on view from April 1st through 30th.

Content and Context in Preservation: Lightning Talks on Book, Paper, Film, and Digital Preservation

April 29th, 2016
12:00 to 1:30 pm
Hazelbaker Hall, Wells Library

Brief talks by IUB Libraries’ preservation specialists in books, paper, moving image, digital conversion, and digital preservation will focus on the theme of decision-making in preservation. Through case studies, each will address how the relative significance of content and context affect their treatment decisions.

The talks are open to the public, including virtually at:

Light refreshments will be served.


Carla Arton, Film Digitization Specialist, Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive
Elise Calvi, Head, General Collections Conservation, E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab
Jim Canary, Conservator, Lilly Library
Kara Alexander, Head, Digital Collections Services
Heidi Dowding, Digital Preservation Librarian, Library Technologies
Doug Sanders, Paper Conservator, E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab

Remember these?

April 1-30, 2016
Exhibition in Wells Library, West Lobby

This exhibit is a graphical presentation of the dizzying array of media on which information has been recorded over time, and also provides information about staff and departments in the IUB Libraries who are responsible for preserving all these media formats.

About Preservation Week

Sponsored by the American Library Association’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and partner organizations, Preservation Week inspires actions to preserve personal, family, and community collections in addition to library, museum, and archive collections. It also raises awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions play in providing ongoing preservation education and information.

Addendum: 5/3/16 A recording of the talks is now available here

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