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Celebrate Preservation Week at the Houston Public Library

Learn to preserve those cherished treasures that connect you to your family’s history at the Houston Public Library (HPL). During National Preservation Week @ your library®, April 22 – April 28, 2012, HPL will offer several programs to teach customers how to preserve books, documents, letters, newspapers, photographs, and much more. Preservation Week @ your library® is an initiative of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). All programs are free and open to the public. For more details visit www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

Preservation Road Show
Monday, April 23, 2012 | 5 PM – 7 PM
Heights Neighborhood Library
1302 Heights Blvd., 77008 | 832-393-1810
In celebration of Preservation Week, join Houston Metropolitan Research Center archivists as they discuss tips and tricks to preserve books, documents, letters, newspapers, and photographs. Each attendee is invited to bring one item (book, letter, newspaper, or photograph) for a personal consultation as time allows.

Photo Preservation and Oral History Workshop
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | 3 PM – 5 PM
The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street, 77019 | 832-393-1440
Oral histories, long respected in the African American community, are a way of preserving our history and stories for future generations. In celebration of Preservation Week, learn how to preserve those one-of-a-kind photographs that you cherish and how to conduct oral histories on your family, church members or anyone who has made a difference in your life.

Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 6 PM – 7:45 PM
Houston Metropolitan Research Center/Julia Ideson Building
500 McKinney, 77002 | 832-393-1662
Andy Damico, Preservation Librarian at Rice University, will provide a brief demonstration of techniques for preserving and extending the life of books, documents, letters, newspapers, and photographs. The American Library Association’s webinar “Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures” will also be shown. This webinar will provide tips and tools for checking out possible hazards around the house, dealing with mold and salvaging keepsakes, documenting damage for insurance purposes, and keeping your family safe.

Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs
Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Houston Metropolitan Research Center/Julia Ideson Building
500 McKinney, 77002 | 832-393-1662
Join Houston Metropolitan Research Center archivists as they share the American Library Association’s webinar “Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs.” Digital photos are fragile and require special care to keep them accessible. But preserving any kind of digital information is a new concept with which most people have little experience. Technologies change over time and become obsolete, making it difficult to access older digital photos. This webinar will teach about the nature of the problem as well as recommend some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital photos safe.

Film and Video Preservation:
A Talk with the Texas Archive of the Moving Image
Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 6 PM – 7:45 PM
Central Library
500 McKinney, 77002 | 832-393-1313
Join us for Texas Archive of the Moving Image’s (TAMI) presentation focused on films and videos, including tips on home media preservation, information about Texas digitization resources, and tips for file management. Examples of home movies that have been digitally preserved via the Texas Film Round-Up program will be shown and the presenters will discuss the films that the Houston Public Library is currently digitizing.

Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures
Friday, April 27, 2012 | 10:30 AM – 12 Noon
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline, 77004 | 832-393-2600
Accidents and disasters happen. When they do, are you prepared? Are your family treasures stored safely in your home or elsewhere? How do you save your photos when they’ve been submerged in flood water? What do you do if your books smell like mildew? What if your basement floods (or worse)? This session features the American Library Association’s webinar “Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures,” which provides tips and tools for checking out possible hazards around the house, dealing with mold and salvaging keepsakes, documenting damage for insurance purposes, and keeping your family safe.

Mold Prevention and Remediation
Friday, April 27, 2012 | 12:30 PM – 2 PM
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline, 77004 | 832-393-2600
Join us for the American Library Association’s webinar “Mold Prevention and Remediation.” This webinar introduces participants to the basic types of mold and describes the environmental conditions that promote mold growth in home and library collections. It also covers prevention as well as remediation should mold growth occur.

Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories
Friday, April 27, 2012 | 2:30 PM – 4 PM
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline, 77004 | 832-393-2600
Digital photos, electronic documents, and other new media are fragile and require special care to keep them useable. But preserving any kind of digital information is a new concept with which most people have little experience. As new technologies appear for creating and saving our personal digital information, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content. Join us for the American Library Association’s webinar “Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories.” This webinar will teach about the nature of the problem as well as recommend some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital memories safe.

About Preservation Week
During Preservation Week libraries all over the country present events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. 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 @ your library® is an initiative of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.
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Contact:
Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448
sandra.fernandez@houstontx.gov

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