Preservation Week takes place from April 24-30, 2022. Participating libraries will celebrate by offering special programs and services to connect library users with preservation tools, promote the importance of preservation and strive to enhance knowledge of preservation issues among the general public.
The 2022 Preservation Week theme is “Preservation in the Face of Climate Change.” Celebrating the concept of climate resiliency, the event will highlight the effects of climate change on our shared cultural heritage materials. The papers, photographs, ephemera and other materials held by both institutions and individuals can be integral to telling the story of the human impact on the environment. During Preservation Week, libraries, museums, institutions and communities are urged to examine the effects on collections and their keepers, as well as resiliency strategies.
Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of the Brooklyn-based Latinx community organization UPROSE, will serve as the 2022 Preservation Week Honorary Chair. Yeampierre is an internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental and climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry. She’s a fierce advocate and trailblazer for community organizing around just, sustainable development, environmental justice, and community-led climate adaptation.
Preservation Week is an opportunity to inspire action to preserve collections — in libraries, archives, and museums, of course, but especially the items held and loved by individuals, families, and communities. Preservation Week activities will also raise awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions play in providing sound preservation information.
Learn more at preservationweek.org.
Preservation Week is supported by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a division of the American Library Association.