In 2010 the American Library Association (ALA) Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) made the Preservation Week task force an ALCTS Working Group, chaired by Jeanne Drewes through summer 2011. The Institute of Library and Information Services (IMLS) continues its generous assignment of Karen Motylewski to the Library of Congress Library Services Preservation Division (PD); among her responsibilities she serves as IMLS’s Liaison to the ALCTS Preservation Week Working Group.
The 2011 national collections Preservation Week (Pass it on—Preservation Week @ Your Library ) takes place April 24-30. Its goals continue to focus on using preservation of personal collections to connect people to preservation information in libraries and other collecting institutions. It will increase the general public’s awareness of the importance of preservation activities for both public and private collections, and provide a strengthened knowledge of basic preservation principles and activities. All of these goals serve the shared goals of the Library and IMLS for leadership in their constituent fields. In Winter 2011 PD staff and the IMLS liaison are currently advancing these goals by:
- Chairing the ALA Working Group developing Preservation Week; collaborating with ALA Association of Collections and Technical Services staff to help develop goals, strategies, and resources; holding a half-day meeting to gather input from key stakeholder organizations.
- Continuing to build and extent partnerships, especially among federal agencies; national professional organizations such as ALA, the American Institute for Conservation, and the Public Libraries Association (PLA); and the State Library Administrative Agencies.
- Providing significant content resources for Preservation Week participants via the PD and ALA Web sites.
- Facilitating Preservation Week outreach to the library and related fields.