Preservation Week 2012

April 22-28 is National Preservation Week! Celebrate by getting to know more about preservation and the University of Illinois Springfield’s Archives & IRAD (Illinois Regional Archives Depository). Archives is housed in the lower level of Brookens Library. They are available to serve the public between 9am & 5pm Monday – Friday. Visit the Archives website to learn more: http://www.uis.edu/archives/

In 2004 Heritage Preservation carried out the first national survey, the Heritage Health Index, to document collections preservation needs in libraries, museums, and archives (www.heritagepreservation.org/HHI/summary.html). That survey showed that roughly 1.3 billion items need treatment to reduce the risk and rate of damage. The condition of 30 percent of items across every type of collection is unknown. No one knows of preservation needs in the collections of individuals, families, and community organizations, which were not surveyed. Even when condition is known, our cultural and information heritage, especially in digital collections, continues to be at risk.

Brookens Library & the University of Illinois Springfield is fortunate to have an Archival department on campus dedicated to preserving collections, treasures, history, and more. Visit the Archives & IRAD (Illinois Regional Archives Depository) website: http://www.uis.edu/archives/

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