Preservation Clinic 2013, photo by Jeff Gilboe
Learn how to preserve your treasures so they can be passed on to future generations
On Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, the public is invited to the annual walk-in Preservation Clinic in the University of Michigan’s Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery. Preservation and conservation experts from the University of Michigan Library will be available for one-on-one consultations to give advice about caring for treasured items. Bring your stuff! Bring your questions! Bring friends!
The U-M Library is interested in preserving collections – in libraries and archives, of course, but also those held and loved by individuals, families, and communities – because history matters.
Personal memories and treasures contribute to the understanding of history and its people just as collections in libraries, museums, and archives do. By preserving your treasures you create opportunities for future generations to discover their own histories, and perhaps even contribute to the historical record of a time, place, or event.
Bring some of your personal history along to get specific advice: audio and video recordings, books, diaries, genealogical information, letters, maps, photo albums and photographs, postcards, prints, or scrapbooks. The right expert for the right media will advise you how to store, handle, and safely display or share them.
Experts in digital preservation can also advise you on how to manage your electronic files, whether image, text, or audio, through today’s ever-changing formats and standards.
“We’re happy to extend our knowledge and skills to the public,” says Shannon Zachary, Head of Preservation and Conservation at the U-M Library, “We never know what items people will bring to the clinic, but because of our experience caring for the library’s vast collections we’re prepared to connect people with the information and resources they need to care for their personal collections and treasures.”
The University of Michigan Library’s Department of Preservation & Conservation comprises services for the care and maintenance of the library's collections – to prevent damage, to extend useable life, or to repair damage – and coordinates preservation activities for the Library's digital collections. The Digital Conversion Unit, part of the Library’s Digital Library Production Services, manages all aspects of scanning so older materials can be stored and shared digitally.
This event is offered in conjunction with the American Library Association’s Preservation Week, a national initiative to connect people with resources to preserve cultural heritage. This year’s theme is “Pass it On!”