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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.

April 30-May 6, 2023

ALA’s Preservation Week Webinars

2022 Honorary Chair Elizabeth Yeampierre

Elizabeth Yeampierre

Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of the Brooklyn-based Latinx community organization UPROSE, is an internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental and climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry. She is a fierce advocate and trailblazer for community organizing around just, sustainable development, environmental justice, and community-led climate adaptation.

Live Q&A Forum with Preservation Week 2022 Honorary Chair Elizabeth Yeampierre

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is Preservation Week?

The last week of April each year. Future Preservation Week dates:

  • 2023: April 30 – May 6
  • 2024: April 28 – May 4
  • 2025: April 27 – May 3

2. Who runs Preservation Week?

Preservation Week is managed and maintained by Core and the Core Preservation Outreach Committee.

3. Is there a list of past Preservation Week Honorary Chairs?

Yes, you can view the full list of past chairs.

4. Where did the Dear Donia columns go?

We’re adding Dear Donia column posts by category to the site. Please check back!

5. How did Preservation Week start?

In 2005 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. Libraries alone hold 3 billion items (63 percent of the whole). A treasure trove of uncounted additional items is held by individuals, families, and communities. These collections include books, manuscripts, photographs, prints and drawings, and objects such as maps, textiles, paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and furniture, to give just a sample. They include moving images and sound recordings that capture performing arts, oral history, and other records of our creativity and history. Digital collections are growing fast, and their formats quickly become obsolescent, if not obsolete.

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