By Melissa Bernstein for the Quinney Library Blog –
Sponsored by the ALA’s Association of Library Collections and Services and partner organizations, Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staff assigned responsibility for collections care; 22 percent have no collections care personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family, and community collections are equally at risk. Preservation Week this year runs from April 26 through May 2, 2015. Read more about Preservation Week here.