Preservation Tips

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In honor of Preservation Week and the 30th Anniversary of the Preservation Standing Committee, the Committee introduced a monthly feature, the "Preservation Tip of the Month," in April 2013. The monthly tip, sent as an e-mail via the TS-SIS discussion list, highlights tricks, resources, and collections to help you reach your preservation goals.

If you have topics you would like to see highlighted, or suggestions for resources, please send those to Lauren Seney at or Celia Gavett at

June 2017

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) maintains a useful resource list for all things related to Digital Preservation. Whether your institution is already highly experienced in executing large-scale digitization projects, or has only a small number of digital resources important to preserve long-term, there is probably something to help you brush up on the best practices that meet your needs.

May 2017

May 1st marks MayDay 2017. Does your institution need to revise or create a plan of action to respond when your collection is threatened?

Promoted by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) (239 KB PDF), MayDay "encourages cultural organizations to take one simple step to protect the art, artifacts, records, books, and historic sites they hold in trust." Take advantage of their tips, tutorials, and special events (there's even a prize drawing).

Also just announced today, the FDLP will host a free webinar on June 1st on the topic of disaster response: Nothing Ever Happens Until it Does: Disaster Prevention, Response, and Recovery.

April 2017

This year's Preservation Week is April 23-29. Does your library have plans in the works to raise awareness among your staff and the public? If you're still looking for ideas, check out ALA/ALCTS's links to preservation resources and event planning tools. You can also peruse the YouTube channel of all previous free Preservation Week webinars for a topic relevant to your library's current staff development needs.

March 2017

This month, the Preservation Committee highlights an upcoming free online learning session that may be of interest for those who are new to developing or managing digitization projects. The webinar "Digital Imaging 101: Converting Tangible Publications to Digital Assets" will be presented by the FDLP Academy, a service of the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

February 2017

As the extra hustle and bustle of the new calendar year is winding down, this month the TS-SIS Preservation Committee highlights its own Preservation Resources pages. Have you had any new colleagues join your institution recently? Perhaps now is the perfect time to review the basics of preservation with them, or simply refresh your own knowledge. The Staff Awareness Guide and Guidelines and Tips offer some jumping-off points.

January 2017

This month, the TS-SIS Preservation Committee highlights the Regional Alliance for Preservation. RAP is a great place to start your search for services or in-person training opportunities related to preservation and conservation.