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Celebrate Preservation Week April 24-28, 2023

using the hashtags #PreservationWeek #LibrariesTransform #georgialibraries #preswk

What is Preservation Week?

Taking place April 24-28, 2023, Preservation Week underscores the need to save and care for the archival, local, and family history collections held by institutions–like libraries, archives, and museums–and individuals.

Sponsored by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, Preservation Week inspires action to preserve personal, family, and community collections in addition to library, museum, and archive collections. It also raises awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions play in providing ongoing preservation education and information.

Click here to learn more about Preservation Week 2023 and Honorary Chair Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the C. S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and founding director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative.

Why do we need Preservation Week?

In 2005, the Heritage Health Index Survey, 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, with some 630 million items requiring immediate attention and care. A treasure trove of uncounted items are held by individuals, families, and communities including books, photographs, prints and drawings, maps, textiles, sculptures, and furniture. Learn more about what’s at risk.

The survey concluded that people at all levels of government and the private sector must take responsibility for the survival of these collections, and an essential step is strengthening awareness of the importance and scope of preservation needs. 

How can libraries participate in Preservation Week?

There are many ways to support Preservation Week at your library:

Shareable Social Media Messages

Use these statements and images in tweets and social media to raise awareness of Preservation Week and highlight collections around Georgia.

Be sure to use these tags in your social media posts: #GeorgiaLibraries #NationalPreservationWeek #LibrariesTransform

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Help preserve your local and family history! Celebrate Preservation Week at your library April 30 – May 6, 2023. Visit for more info. #georgialibraries #preswk

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Preservation Week is April 30 – May 6, 2023, and Georgia’s libraries can provide expertise on how to preserve family heirlooms and collectibles. Contact your library for more information, or visit #georgialibraries #preswk

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Did you know the world is at risk of losing decades of digital history? Visit your library during Preservation Week April 30 – May 6, 2023, and discover how to make memories last a lifetime. Contact your library for more information, or visit #georgialibraries #preswk

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Did you know that each of us can help preserve our history? That old letter from Grandma or that vacation photo collecting dust in your attic may hold clues to our nation’s past. Visit your local library during Preservation Week April 30 – May 6, 2023 for free advice on how to preserve family records and other valuable materials. Learn more: #georgialibraries #preswk

More Messages About Collections Around Georgia

The Auburn Ave Research Library of African American Culture & History is preserving the history of ATL, the civil rights movements, and Southern literature. Learn more about @AARL_Archives and Preservation Week at #georgialibraries #preswk @AFPL

The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library is one of GA’s primary participants in the Veterans History Project, an initiative of @librarycongress to collect, preserve & make accessible personal accounts of wartime soldiers. More about preservation at #georgialibraries #preswk

The Middle GA Archives are preserving 9,200+ drawings by pioneering architect Ellamae Ellis League, who began her career in 1924 when < 2 percent of American architects were women. Visit to learn more about preserving history. #georgialibraries #preswk @MGRLibraries

Promotional Materials

Use these logos, handouts, and other resources to promote Preservation Week activities at your library.

Link to Preservation Week graphics from American Library Association.

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Videos and Webinars

Live and recorded sessions on all kinds of preservation topics, from textiles to digital photographs.

Go to the videos.

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Event Ideas

A collection of preservation-themed activities your library can host during – and after – Preservation Week.

See the Events

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See more resources

Use this handy guide for planning and delivering Preservation Week activities.

See the Quick Start guide from American Library Association.

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