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Celebrate Preservation Week April 25 – May 1, 2021

using the hashtags #PreservationWeek #LibrariesTransform #georgialibraries #preswk

What is Preservation Week?

Taking place April 25 through May 1, 2021, 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. 

Preservation Week is an initiative of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, and celebrated in Georgia’s public libraries with educational events, exhibits, and activities.

Click here to learn more about Preservation Week’s 2020 Honorary Chair, Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of The New York Times’s landmark 1619 Project.

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 I support Preservation Week?

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


Shareable Social Media Messages

quotation marks imageUse these statements and images in tweets and social media to highlight the impact of Georgia’s public libraries.

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

Help preserve your local and family history! Celebrate Preservation Week at your library April 25-May 1, 2021. Visit for more info. #georgialibraries #preswk

Preservation Week is April 25-May 1, 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

Did you know the world is at risk of losing decades of digital history? Visit your library during Preservation Week April 25-May 1 and discover how to make memories last a lifetime. Contact your library for more information, or visit #georgialibraries #preswk

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 25-May 1 for free advice on how to preserve family records and other valuable materials. Learn more: #georgialibraries #preswk

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. Learn more & visit to learn more about preserving history. #georgialibraries #preswk @MGRLibraries

Official logos, web banners and posters

Use these logos, web banners and posters to promote Preservation Week activities at your library.

Link to official Preservation Week graphics from American Library Association.

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Quick Tips to Get Started with Preservation Bookmarks

Use these print-ready bookmarks to help your patrons understand how to preserve their valuable items.

Download the bookmarks. (PDF)

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A collection of tip cards, handouts and bookmarks to use to spread the word about Preservation Week.

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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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See more resources

See all of the Preservation Week promotional resources available from  Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).

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