April 26 – May 2, 2020 is Preservation Week. An initiative of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), Preservation Week encourages libraries “to connect our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.” The theme for 2020 is ”Preserving Oral History,” and this year’s honorary chair is Roxane Gay, bestselling author, educator, cultural critic, and past ACRL Conference keynote speaker.
Even as library buildings remain closed and physical collections go mostly untouched, preserving our collections has become all the more important for our communities, and ACRL has a number of resources to help you now and when you return to the office.
Pandemic Collection Maintenance
As materials return to your library from their extended check outs during the COVID-19 pandemic, how should you handle them? Check out the Collection Maintenance section of ACRL’s Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries LibGuide, which includes curated articles, videos, and government resources about how to sanitize and disinfect books, cultural artifacts, and other collections.
The LibGuide also features a wealth of other tools and resources to help you with distance education and engagement, combating xenophobia, tackling copyright issues, managing stress, and much more. Check it out today!
Free Resources from RBMS
For when you return to the office! ACRL’s Rare Books & Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has developed many freely available resources for those working with rare collections and materials, including:
- “Your Old Books,” a publication that addresses frequently asked questions about rare and older books and their values.
- Various guidelines for rare and special collections, including for Security and Theft, Interlibrary and Exhibition Loan, and Selection and Transfer of Materials from General Collections.
- Several cataloging aids for rare book catalogers.
You can find these and more on the RBMS website.
Dive into a Good Book
Have some free time? Catch up on your reading with publications tackling issues in special collections and archives, including:
- The Sustainable Library’s Cookbook
- Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work
- Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships
- The Globalized Library: American Academic Libraries and International Students, Collections, and Practices
Grab your Popcorn and Catch a Flick!
THE BOOKSELLERS is a lively, behind-the-scenes documentary film looking at the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it. Executive produced by Parker Posey and featuring interviews with some of the most important dealers in the business, as well as prominent collectors, auctioneers, and writers, THE BOOKSELLERS is both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of the book.
Buy a virtual ticket for an online film viewing for $9.99, which supports the RBMS Scholarship Fund. Watch the film when it’s convenient for you, then join your colleagues for the free film discussion on Tuesday, May 5, at 1:00pm CT.
Free Webinars from ALCTS
This year, ALCTS is hosting two free webinars in celebration of Preservation Week:
Register today! You can also find past recordings of Preservation Week webinars here.
Check out ACRL’s social media all week at #preswk as we highlight these resources and more, and to share how you’re celebrating Preservation Week and preserving oral history! For more information, visit the ACRL website or contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Preservation Week, including additional resources and ways to participate, visit the ALCTS website.