Preservation

MayDay (May 2, 2011)

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Each year, archives, libraries, museums, and historic preservation organizations set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay, an initiative to protect the nation's cultural heritage. MayDay reminds us to be proactive about emergencies that affect our holdings. Simple steps to prepare can make a big difference.

The National Archives and Records Administration has participated in MayDay since its inception. This year, Preservation Programs is distributing bookmarks to NARA staff saluting the part we all play in protecting records.

For resources on emergencies affecting cultural collections, please visit our Records Emergency Information page.

For more information on MayDay

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) created the MayDay initiative in 2006 and promoted the idea to its members and allied organizations. The following year, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force and SAA expanded the concept to include all kinds of collecting institutions and historic preservation interests. Visit the web sites of these organizations for more ideas on how to celebrate MayDay.

Preservation Week (April 24-29)

Preservation Programs has also created an e-poster in conjunction with SAA's Preservation Section. We encourage you to share this poster with your staff and the general public. It is sized to 8 1/2" x 11" so that it can be printed on any printer, color or black & white.

You can download the free poster.PDF icon

In recognition of Preservation Week, NARA's Preservation Programs is releasing a public wiki, which features the talks from the 2011 Preservation Conference. This year's conference, titled "Conservation2 = Preserving our Collections x Our Environment," focused on ways to preserve collections in an environmentally sustainable way. NARA employees, conference attendees and anyone interested in preservation is encouraged to read the presentations, leave comments, and continue the important discussion that we started at the conference. Visit the Wiki.

Preservation week is an opportunity for libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions to connect to our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. For more ideas, visit ALA's Preservation Week web site.

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