April 30 – May 6, 2023

Preservation Week

Building Resilient Communities

Why preservation?

Preservation Week inspires action to preserve your collections. We believe that memories and treasures should last a lifetime and beyond, and that these physical and digital materials support both community and cultural identities. Focusing on preservation for a designated week every year raises awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions play in preservation, by sharing information to help make informed decisions that help your collections last for the future.

The 2023 Preservation Week theme is Building Resilient Communities.

Connect your community through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

2023 Honorary Chair

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is 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. A pediatrician, scientist, activist and author, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and recognized as one of USA Today’s Women of the Century for her role in uncovering the Flint water crisis and leading recovery efforts. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is the author of the New York Times 100 most notable book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.

Every year, communities and their history are under threat from natural and human-made disasters. As a leading activist and public health expert who continues to serve the people of Flint, Dr. Hanna-Attisha has first-hand experience creating services and securing vital resources to foster a more resilient community. For librarians and stewards of community history, we know all can learn from her example this Preservation Week.