The 2020 theme for Preservation Week®, April 26 – May 2, is “Preserving Oral History” as libraries and other institutions promote saving personal and public records, recording memories and more.

Bestselling author, social commentator and educator Roxane Gay is the 2020 Preservation Week Honorary Chair. Preservation Week is an initiative of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

“Preserving our cultural history is as important now as it has ever been,” Gay stated. “We are living in a time of great social turmoil, but this is not the first time the world has seen such upheaval, nor will it be the last. We know this because of preservation, because storytelling is such an integral part of social justice movements, and librarians have been committed to preserving those stories and other artifacts from these movements. I am honored to serve as this year’s Preservation Week Honorary Chair as the very people who will preserve the stories of how the world is currently responding to injustice, gather to learn, connect and remember.”

Gay is the author of the short story collection Ayiti, the novel An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist, the short story collection Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling memoir Hunger.

Preservation Week resources include webinars and tips on preserving oral histories, documents and paper, photos, books, film and home movies, and data. For more information visit www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek.

Explore the resources of the Georgia Room, Cobb County Public Library’s genealogical and historical special collection, at www.cobbcat.org/research/local-history. The Georgia Room and all Cobb libraries are closed. The Georgia Room is located in the Charles D. Switzer Public Library in downtown Marietta. The Switzer Library is under renovation.

Historical resources are available 24/7 at www.cobbcat.org/research.

Preservation Week 2020, April 26 – May 2: ‘Preserving Oral History’

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