Published: April 22, 2019

A preservationist works on cleaning an old and damaged document.

What is Preservation Week?Hillary Morgan from CU Boulder Preservation, repairs a torn map.

Memories and treasures should last beyond our lifetime and be passed on for other generations to learn from and enjoy. Preservation Week is an opportunity to inspire the preservation of collections.  Also, the week-long campaign aims to raise awareness of the role libraries play in providing ongoing preservation and conservation.

What is preservation?  Preservation is the umbrella term used to describe activities that prevent or reduce damage to collections and overall to extend the life expectancy of collections.

What is conservation?  The profession of physically treating damaged cultural property.

What does a conservator do?  Exam, document, treatment, and preventative care of collection items; supported by research and education.

CU Libraries Preservation Week Events:

  • Join us Monday, April 22 in N345 for a Preservation Pop-Up Exhibit from1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Chat with members of our preservation team, learn more about what Preservation does and has been working on with our own library collections. 
  • Tuesday, April 23 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., there will be an American Library Association (ALA) webinar called "Preserving Your Family History" that is free to attend. 
  • Wednesday, April 24, stop by our Preservation Quiz Table near the West Entrance of Norlin Library anytime between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to test your knowledge on damaged to books. 
  • Thursday, April 25, from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., catch the "Caring for Family Keepsakes" webinar in room M210. This webinar is also hosted by the ALA and is free. 
  • Friday, April 26, the Preservation Quiz Table returns to Norlin's West Entrance from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Stop by to learn more about identifying damage to our library collections and win CU Libraries swag! 
  • All week, there will be a Preservation display case near the East Entrance of Norlin, along with free bookmarks and informational brochures about SCAP! 
  • Plus, keep an eye out for news stories and social media posts on our website and social media accounts that will delve into Preservation topics and facts. 

An old photograph receiving preservation treatment.