Preservation has always been a big topic in libraries. So much so that it has its own week! Each year, the American Libraries Association (ALA) celebrates Preservation Week to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the collections of libraries, archives, and museums. This year, Preservation week is April 21st – April 27th, 2019.

To kick off Preservation Week and its theme of “Pass it On,” several Fordham librarians have created a short video highlighting the work that is done in our Archives & Special Collections to preserve items such as books and manuscripts. This is by no means the extent of what the collection houses, but merely a glimpse into some of what we do here in the library. From preventing tears and broken bindings to making sure none of the local bugs or mold consider books and documents to be a perfect new home, preservation is a vital part of library management. At Fordham University Libraries, we are committed to making sure to preserve the items you use, whether digital or analog, as well as the knowledge that flows through the university.

Watch the video for a look inside our Archives & Special Collections:

Be sure to check back for part two of our Preservation Week series later this week! And don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see future videos.

Click here to learn more about Preservation Week from ALA.

Special thanks to the Fordham Libraries Preservation Week team: Laura Childs (Emerging Technologies Librarian), Mariah Lewis (Metadata Management Librarian), Daniel Sabol (Digital Services Librarian), Matthew Schottenfeld (Television Production Manager), and Vivian Shen (Preservation and Conservation Librarian).