Cobb County Public Library System is joining organizations across the United States observing Preservation Week on April 21-27, 2013. Preservation Week highlights the value of saving documents and images of our personal, family, and community history.

The theme for the 2013 Preservation Week is “Pass It On,” in recognition of the millions of items of historical significance in peril from loss. A chief purpose of Preservation Week is to inform the public about preservation strategies and methods, from saving family photographs to preserving digital records and images.

Created in 2010, Preservation Week is a joint initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and its partners, including the Library of Congress, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Society of American Archivists.

Carolyn Crawford, head of the Georgia Room, CCPLS’ genealogical and historical collection at the Central Library, says preservation calls for action, especially identifying important and precious items as part of an overall preservation strategy. Don’t delay, she adds.

“Preserve what’s important to you,” Crawford says. “Try to pass it on to a family member or friend, or an institution that will protect it for posterity.”

The public is encouraged to visit the Georgia Room to speak with library staff members about preservation and to review resources on the subject, Crawford said.

Preservation Week 2013 information is posted at The site includes preservation tips, including how veterans and their families can save documents and images related to military service, archiving digital photos, preserving textiles, and other topics.

The ALA is presenting webinars during Preservation Week. The webinars are free, registration is required. Webcasts from previous Preservation Weeks are also available.

The 2013 Preservation Week webinars schedule includes:

Free webcasts from previous Preservation Weeks include Taking Care: Family Textiles, Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs, Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures, Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories and Disaster Preparedness. Webcasts by the ALA’s Association for Library Collections & Technical Services are at the ALCTS Preservation play list on YouTube.


Preservation Week 2013: Pass It On