The American Library Association organized the first Preservation Week in 2010 to highlight the importance of preserving cultural heritage materials.
During Preservation Week libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that show what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.
Preservation Week 2016
The MIT Libraries will celebrate Preservation Week this year with a series of free events hosted by Curation and Preservation Services.
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Events Earlier in April
Signed, Sealed, & Undelivered: A 17th Century Postal Treasure Trove, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 9:30am-noon
Dining Room 5, Samberg Center, Building E52 (Chang Building)
Join the international and interdisciplinary team of researchers on the Signed, Sealed, & Undelivered Project who will present their work in a morning session filled with short presentations related to the 17th-century postal chest filled with an extraordinary archive: 2600 “locked” letters, none of which were ever delivered. The team will describe their work preserving, imaging, transcribing, and identifying letterlocking formats that will reveal their secrets for the first time-even, we hope, those of the unopened letters- only at MIT Libraries.
Light snacks and coffee at 9:30am, presentation at 10am
Presenters: Dr. Rebekah Ahrendt (Yale University), Dr. Nadine Akkerman (Leiden University), Jana Dambrogio (MIT Libraries), Dr. David Mills (Queen Mary, UK), Dr. Daniel Starza Smith (Lincoln College, University of Oxford), and Dr. David van der Linden (Groningen University)
Registration required. Open to the public.
What is letterlocking, and how can a better understanding of it benefit conservators and other scholars? The workshop focuses on historical practices of letterlocking, asking how men and women folded and sealed their letters before (and after) the invention of the envelope. Come spend a couple hours with the Signed, Sealed, and Undelivered Project team learning how to fold and secure correspondence using the same techniques found on some of the letters in the trunk.
Presenters: Jana Dambrogio and Ayako Letizia (MIT Libraries)
Registration required, max 25. Open to the public
Join Jana Dambrogio and Ayako Letizia of the MIT Libraries and learn how to use a book cradle or write and send a locked letter!
Harvard and MIT Libraries Celebrate Preservation Week, Monday, April 25
Join Harvard Library Preservation Services staff for fun and refreshments as we kick off Preservation Week Monday, 25 April, in the Lamont Forum Room, 9:00-11:00am. Try your hand at sewing a book, put a jacket on an at-risk book, learn how to preserve your digital life, and more. Sign up to enjoy an insider’s perspective on the art of exhibit design with a tour of Houghton Library’s current show, Shakespeare: His Collected Works, led by Conservation and Curatorial staff. Come and learn what Preservation does for you!
Presented by Harvard Library Preservation Services
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For a complete listing of demonstrations and other Harvard Preservation Week Events, go to: http://library.harvard.edu/preservation-week
MIT Libraries Events: Lectures 2-4:30pm, 14W-111 (Killian Hall)
To assist with our planning, registration is requested but not required.
Conceived by J.J. Abrams and written by Doug Dorst, the novel defies easy categorization. Composed of several interlocking stories, it includes a novel entitled The Ship of Theseus by V.M. Straka that is filled with loose postcards, letters, restaurant napkins, and other ephemera as well as marginalia by two characters trying to solve the mystery of the text and the many objects it contains. Staff at the MIT Libraries decided to conduct an experiment to see how a text like this would hold up over time and how the experience of future readers might be affected. The presentation will examine acquisition, shelving, and preservation decisions, and the data collected from 2 years of circulation.
Presenters: Jana Dambrogio (Thomas F. Peterson (1957) Conservator, MIT Libraries), Lorrie McAllister (Digital and Special Collections Strategist, MIT Libraries), Mark Szarko (Literature, Global Studies and Languages, and Theater Arts Librarian, MIT Libraries), and Ann Marie Willer (Preservation Librarian, MIT Libraries)
The Day the Music Didn’t Die: Saving MIT’s Analog Music Sound Recordings.
The MIT Libraries own approximately 2,000 uncataloged analog sound recordings that document MIT music history. Many of these recordings consist of reel-to-reel and audiocassette tapes. Through a private donor, a digital audio initiatives project was established in July, 2013 to save these music recordings. A Project Assistant was hired, and the Lewis Music Library along with the Institute Archives and Special Collections assembled a digital audio team with the goal to inventory, digitize, preserve, and facilitate access to these materials. In September 2014, an IMLS grant-funded National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) Resident joined this team to focus primarily on digital audio preservation, and to develop a detailed life cycle workflow for the preservation of all digital audio content. This team also evaluated suitable options for a streaming access platform. This talk will examine the work from inception to its current phase, while providing advice to other music libraries with similar sound recording backlogs.
Presenters: Cate Gallivan (MIT Libraries) and Tricia Patterson (Harvard Libraries)
Catherine Gallivan is the Projects Assistant at the MIT Lewis Music Library, where she works to inventory the audio and video recordings of MIT music performances held by the MIT Libraries. She received her Bachelors of Music from Berklee College of Music and her Diploma in Advanced Piano Technology from North Bennet Street School. When not working on digitization projects, Gallivan tunes pianos to equal temperament throughout the Greater Boston area.
Tricia Patterson was the 2014-15 National Digital Stewardship Resident at MIT Libraries and an MSLIS graduate from Simmons College. While at Simmons she focused on digital preservation, working as an editorial assistant for Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture and as a program facilitator for the Simmons’ Digital Stewardship Certificate. She has worked at several other Boston-area institutions and repositories, such as the Boston Athenæum and the JFK Library, and she is currently a Digital Preservation Analyst at Harvard University Libraries.
Alexandra Curran (MIT Libraries) will be presenting on her experiences as an National Digital Stewardship Residency Boston Resident at MIT Libraries including her professional development opportunities in the digital preservation field.
Alexandra Curran’s interests include audio/visual archives, digital curation, and the preservation of multimedia collections in libraries and cultural heritage institutions. Her M.A. in Library and Information Science and Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, both from the University of South Florida (USF), prepared her for curatorial duties with interviews in the USF Tampa Library’s Oral History Program, including the significant Speaking Out Against Genocide digital oral history collection. While interning at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Motion Picture Preservation Lab she prepared materials for long-term storage and digital conversion, and also learned the principles and techniques of photochemical and digital restoration.
Previous Preservation Weeks
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Preservation Week Resources