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ALA Annual Virtual Conference 2021 and Preservation Resources

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Two women enjoying ice cream at the Greenwich Village Garden Party, Glass Negative, Bain News Service, 1917. 

The American Library Association is hosting its annual conference virtually again this year, June 23-29, and Library of Congress preservation staff will be attending.  While the virtual networking opportunities aren’t as the serendipitous as running in to your preservation colleagues between sessions in the conference venue or catching up at an ice cream social, there are ways you can connect with us during and after the conference.

If you are registered and attending ALA virtual, you can catch preservation staff attending the Preservation Administration Interest Group meeting on Saturday, June 26, 3-4 pm central. If there isn’t time to connect in the virtual room to talk preservation shop, you can send us an email at [email protected].

We’ve also shared resources for library professionals on the Library’s ALA resources site:

  • The Library has created downloadable bookmarks, posters, and other printable materials to support preservation education.
  • The Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress develops specifications for the supplies and materials used to house the Library’s collections and makes these available as a reference for libraries to use in their preservation planning.
  • Conservation staff demonstrate how to make a mini-book while learning a simple stitch that forms the basis of more complex work that our book conservators perform. You can watch a video and download instructions to do this yourself.
  • The Library’s preservation scientists continue to support the RE-opening Archives, Libraries, and Museum project. Learn more and provide feedback to help REALM plan its future efforts.
Preservation themed bookplates.

And of course, you can always ask us preservation and conservation related reference questions Ask-A-Librarian service.

If you’re attending ALA, have a good conference and hope to “see” you there.

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