The Library of Congress offers free public programs to share basic preservation information and practical advice for caring for personal collections, and to raise awareness of preservation issues for both family heirlooms and for our communal cultural heritage. Most occur during the American Library Association's Preservation Week (annually, in the springtime) and during the Library's National Book Festival (annually, at the end of summer) and are varied to cover different types of materials, such as books, paper, photographs, and digital files.
Preservation Week at the Library of Congress
Every spring, libraries all across the U.S. celebrate Preservation Week, an initiative launched by the Library of Congress, Institute of Library and Museum Services, American Library Association, American Institute for Conservation, Society of American Archivists, and Heritage Preservation to highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.
Preservation Week 2016 (April 24-30). The Library of Congress commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Florence Flood, which brought national and international attention to the fields of book conservation and emergency preparedness:
- Special documentary film screening: Florence: Days of Destruction (Italian title, Per Firenze), by Franco Zeffirelli
- TOPS lecture: Emergency Management since the Florence Flood -- Federal Programs and Initiatives (Andrew Robb, Head of Special Formats Section, Conservation Division, Library of Congress
Preservation Week 2014. The Library celebrates Preservation Week with presentations on conservation treatment, analyzing large data/datasets, and preservation supply options for properly storing collections.
Preservation Week 2013. Special focus in 2013 on our military families and the challenges for preserving correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks -- both in traditional and digital form.
Preservation Week 2012. Programs on preserving books, documents, and other paper-based family treasures, preserving digital files, and a screening of a special Library of Congress photofilm.
Preservation for K-12
Occasionally, preservation staff from the Library participate in local K-12 programs, such as career day, National Reading Month, and other school, library, reading, and science initiatives.