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Preservation Week.....Pass it on!

Preservation Week is important to the Rod Library.  You might ask yourself why preservation is important. 

According to the Association for Library Collections and Technology Services (ALCTS), Libraries alone hold 3 billion items (63 percent of the whole) and some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. 

Rod Library Special Collections and University Archives Division collects, preserves, and provides access to rare, valuable, and delicate collections of books, manuscripts, and institutional records.

Help us preserve the past 

According to the ALCTS, a division of the American Library Association the greatest risks to these collections are light, pollutants, heat and moisture. And the key items that should be preserved are those historical materials that are unpublished and one-of-a-kind items such as:  

  • architectural drawings
  • artifacts
  • audio and video recordings
  • diaries
  • genealogical information
  • letters
  • maps
  • memoirs/reminiscences
  • minutes/reports
  • photo albums and photographs
  • printed materials
  • professional and business papers
  • speeches/lectures 

Preservation Fast Facts 

  • More than 4.8 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections, and archaeological repositories in the United States. 1.3 billion of these items are at risk of being lost.
  • Roughly 70% of institutions need additional conservation or preservation training for their staff and volunteers.
  • A majority of collecting institutions, more than 80%, do not have a disaster plan in place that can be executed by trained staff.
  • Nearly a quarter of all the 21 million paintings, sculptures, and works of decorative art in U.S. collections need conservation treatment or improved care and conditions.
  • More than 50% of collecting institutions have had their collections damaged by light.
  • More than 65% of collecting institutions report damage to their collections due to improper storage. 

(Source: “A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections,” Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5252.)


For additional information regarding Preservation Week, please visit www.ala.org/preservationweek.


Helpful Resource Links

Free webinars on preservation topics: http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/webinars

Videos on preservation topics: http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/resources/video

From Rod Library Special Collection’s website: https://www.library.uni.edu/collections/special-collections/preservation-sites

Disaster Preparedness: http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/resources/disasterrecovery

"Saving Your Stuff": http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/howto

"Caring for Your Treasures" (via American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works): http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/resources/video

Compilation of other resources: http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/resources

Non-English texts on preservation measures: http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek/resources/lang


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