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Join the New York Public Library's Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division as it celebrates Preservation Week. The Preservation Division offers annual spring events such as "Caring for Your Personal Collections," as well as events showcasing how the Library works to preserve its own collections.

Preservation Week was created in 2010, in response to the vast quantities - 630 million items - in collecting institutions requiring immediate attention and care. 80 percent of collecting institutions have no paid staff who are assigned responsibility for care of collections; 22 percent have no collections care personnel at all.  Some 2.6 billion items across the country are not protected by an emergency plan. As natural disasters of recent times have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family, and community collections are equally at risk.

During Preservation Week, libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. Find more events across the country on the Event Map hosted by the ALA Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
12 noonPreservation Week 2015: Caring for your home book, paper, and photograph collections
Presenters: Shelly Smith, Head of Conservation Treatment, Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division, New York Public Library NYPL's Head of Conservation Treatment will give tips on how individuals and families can care for their personal treasures. This presentation will focus on proper housing and storage of collections in a home environment, providing simplea dvice that anyone can follow to prolong the life of books, paper documents, and photographs, including what to do in case of an emergency…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
1 p.m.Preservation Week 2015: Be an Informed Consumer of Custom Picture Framing
Presenters: Denise Stockman, Assistant Paper Conservator, Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division, New York Public Library Twins - Female twins with picture frame Walking onto a frame shop can be a bit daunting. There are decisions to be made about mats, mounting, glass, the frame itself, and where and how to hang it when you get home. How do you know that you are doing the right thing for your valued object? Is it worth the cost? NYPL's assistant paper conservator, Denise Stockman, w…
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Classroom AAdults
Thursday, April 30, 2015
2 p.m.Preservation Week 2015: Introduction to Film Preservation with NYPL’s Reserve Film and Video Collection
Presenters: David Callahan and Elena Rossi-Snook, Reserve Film and Video Collection, New York Public Library Please join us for a presentation and screening from the New York Public Library’s Reserve Film and Video Collection. This session will explore the history of the collection, highlighting the scope and depth of the holdings, and aims to expand the public’s knowledge of the film preservation efforts underway at the New York Public Library. Illustrative examples of "before" and "after" pre…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults

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