Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Preservation Week: Archival Storage for Photographs

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.

Preservation Tip:
In today’s world of digital and traditional photography, thorough knowledge of the preservation options for the format you use is helpful. For paper-based materials write relevant caption and date information in pencil on the back of the print photograph. For digital photographs, add this information (metadata) in the space provided for it in your software program, and consider naming images with meaningful and specific file names. Choose archival storage means for both, whether acid-free albums or boxes for one or a digital back-up system for the other.

For more information check out the Library of Congress at http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/photo.html

Preservation Week Events:
Free webinar will be offered during this week: Registration is required. To register and learn more go to ALCTS Events <http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents>. The webinar will begin at 1 p.m. CDT and will last about one hour.

Tuesday, April 29th - Low-Cost Ways to Preserve Family Archives

Presented by Karen E. K. Brown, preservation librarian for the University at Albany, SUNY University Libraries. What can we do to protect our collectables from damage even if we don’t think we have a perfect place to keep them? Learn about possible risks from handling and the environment, and practical, inexpensive ideas to keep collections safe to help ensure what you have can be shared for many years to come. ALCTS thanks Archival Products <http://www.archival.com/> for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week.

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