Preservation Week 2019

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The Preservation Department at UVA Library invites you to celebrate Preservation Week 2019 with us.


  • Tuesday April 23rd 10:30-12 Mount Vernon Room: Boxmaking for your Personal Treasures with Nicole Royal. Because of the size of the room, there will be a limit of 8-10, so please RSVP to Nicole at . Note: This event is for UVA library staff only.
  • Wednesday April 24th 12-1 Byrd Morris Room: Brown Bag Lunch with Preservation folks to talk about some projects we’ve been working on. Note: This event is open to the public.

The Preservation Services twitter account will also be featuring content especially for Preservation Week.  Follow us at @UVALibPreserve:

Monday: Conservation lab activities

Tuesday: Collections conservation and rehousing

Wednesday: Digital preservation

Thursday: Alderman move activities

Friday: Audiovisual preservation

Have a preservation-related question? Feel free to submit at and we will answer it during preservation week!

Origins of Preservation Week:

In 2005 the first comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections reported that U.S. institutions hold more than 4.8 billion items. Libraries alone hold 3 billion items (63 percent of the whole). A treasure trove of uncounted additional items is held by individuals, families, and communities. These collections include books, manuscripts, photographs, prints and drawings, and objects such as maps, textiles, paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and furniture, to give just a sample. They include moving images and sound recordings that capture performing arts, oral history, and other records of our creativity and history. Digital collections are growing fast, and their formats quickly become obsolescent, if not obsolete.

Since 2012, the preservation community has supported Preservation Week as a way to highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.



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