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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).