Core Preservation Administration Interest Group

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Purpose: Focuses on both broad and specific preservation issues in libraries. Topics encompass physical collections generally, and occasionally digital preservation issues. We serve academic, public, special, and other types of libraries.

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This interest group is part of Core's Metadata and Collections Section.

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Promoting Preservation Interest Group - Core IG Week 2022 Program

  • 1.  Promoting Preservation Interest Group - Core IG Week 2022 Program

    Posted Feb 14, 2022 10:26 AM

    Please join the Promoting Preservation Interest Group meeting during ALA Core IG Week. The session will be held Wednesday, March 9, at 11am Central.

    The session is free and open to everyone, but registration is required.

    Additional information about Interest Group Week is available on the Core website.

    I hope you can join us for these three featured presentations:

    Jumpstarting Preservation Projects with NEH Funding

    External funding can give preservation a boost in any organization. We'll provide a brief overview of two funding programs to support preservation both within and beyond your organization. Preservation Assistance Grants cover a wide range of activities, from assessments and training to supplies and storage equipment. The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program helps organizations plan and implement larger-scale preservation strategies that balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact. Join us for a refresher on both programs and a chance to ask questions about how they can advance your preservation goals and outreach.

    Cathleen Tefft, Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities
    Sean Ferguson, Program Specialist, National Endowment for the Humanities


    Means, Motive, and Opportunity: Promoting Preservation During a Pandemic

    In March 2020, at the cusp of the COVID-19 pandemic, an undergraduate student reached out to the libraries about a little-known collection belonging to the English department. By contacting Special Collections, the student hoped to enlist help preserving this collection before it had to be moved for a building renovation. While students envisioned a large-scale conservation effort, librarians could not use library resources to work on books belonging to another department. Beyond this challenge, the librarians recognized the potential for a more important opportunity: engaging students in learning about preservation, even in a suddenly remote environment, would provide a lasting impact for both the students themselves as well as the books in their care. Because offering hands-on treatment was not possible, staff taught the student and an interested student group about preventive conservation and rare book collections in a virtual workshop. The presenters will discuss their possible options, how they selected a workshop as their solution, and their hopes for future collaboration.

    Kim Hoffman, Preservation Librarian, Miami University
    Rachel Makarowski, Special Collections Librarian, Miami University


    Promoting Preservation in the Library and beyond

    Invited panelists will discuss preservation outreach efforts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Attendees will learn how the UIUC Preservation Services department leverages social media and online programming to broaden their audience and gain ideas for how to expand their own outreach efforts. Panelists are current LIS students or recent graduates who can provide perspective on how student employees can engage in outreach activities. 

    Bridgette Hammond, recent graduate with an MA in History and MS in Library and Information Science, Senior Library Specialist in Digital Preservation
    Nani Hodges, MS in Library and Information Science candidate, Conservation Graduate Assistant
    Savannah Adams, MS in Library and Information Science candidate, Conservation Graduate Employee



    Shelby Strommer
    Collections Care Coordinator
    University of Illinois Library