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April 19, 2011

Yale Library Events to Celebrate Preservation Week April 24 – April 30

Yale University Library Preservation Department celebrates Preservation Week, April 24 – April 30, 2011. This year’s theme is “Pass It On @ Your Library”.

190 million artifacts in the United States are in urgent need of treatment or attention by a skilled, professional conservator if they are to remain available for exhibition and research.
Source: A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America’s Collections, 2005 Heritage Preservation, Inc. More information at www.heritagehealthindex.org

All are welcome to take part in the following activities offered by the Yale University Library Preservation Department:

In Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, 120 High Street, New Haven:
April 24th – April 30th, during normal Library hours – Will It Be There When You Need It?
Description: Located on stack levels 7, 5 and 1MB of the Sterling Memorial Library are three different areas where the books have been banded in green or orange. Many of our collections materials would be unavailable to readers if not for the staff of the Yale University Library Preservation Department. This installation is a visual demonstration of the current and future efforts of the Yale Preservation Department: those books that have benefited from preservation attention (in green) and those books that are still at risk (in orange).

At the New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven:
April 27th, 6PM – “Preserving Your Family Papers”
Description: Christine McCarthy, Chief Conservator for the Yale University Library will provide information and tips for preserving and caring for personal collections of papers, photographs and other materials
April28th, 4PM – “Pop-Up Treasure Map “
Description: Come learn about how paper is made and practice some paper-folding. See examples of maps, old and new. We’ll learn about map-making terms: legend, scale, key—and then make pop-up treasure maps in their own covers to take home.

We are also pleased to announce the newly revised and updated web page for the Yale University Library Preservation Department
http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/preservation

For more information about preservation week on the American Library Association’s website, including links to sign up for various interesting webinars: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/confevents/preswk/index.cfm

No one has access to a document that no longer exists.” – Paul Banks