Free Webinars

The Preservation Week theme for 2024 is Preserving Identities.

The Preservation Outreach Committee organizes and presents webinars annually for Preservation Week. Our goal is to serve the needs of libraries, cultural institutions, and members of the public in two ways:

  • by expanding access to preservation information relevant to the work of librarians and others working in collections holding organizations
  • by providing content to share with the public during and after Preservation Week

Note: webinars are free to attend, but a separate registration is required for each.

2024 Webinars

Cultural Competency’s Role Toward Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Goals

Webinar presented on Tuesday, April 30 @ 1 p.m. CDT

Archivist Helen Wong Smith is presenting this session that will challenge you to examine personal perceptions that might surprise you and introduce strategies that will increase your awareness, values, and behaviors to increase DEIA. Three skills required to apply Cultural Competency and the four stages individuals and organizations can implement to improve relations with internal and external communities.

Historical Newspapers in Public Libraries

Webinar presented on Wednesday, May 1 @ 1 p.m. CDT

Join the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Local History & Genealogy team for a discussion of digitization, preservation and access for local historical newspapers.

Building Better Models for Preservation

Webinar presented on Thursday, May 2 @ 1 p.m. CDT

In this panel, three speakers will discuss their experiences preserving cultural heritage material in their communities when they saw a need that was not being met. The panelists are engaged in building better models for preservation, responding to the ways that existing standards and best practices create barriers for their communities and promote extractive practices.

Being Home: A Conversation with 2024 Honorary Chair Traci Sorell

Join Traci Sorell for a conversation about the theme of this year’s Preservation Week, Preserving Identities, and her book released on May 7, 2024, Being Home. Being Home, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade, tells the story of a young Cherokee girl leaving the city she’s called home her whole life and settling into the rhythm of a new home with excitement, joy, and family.


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