Preservation Week

The American Library Association sponsors Preservation Week each year, to help "connect our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections."  Harvard Library Preservation Services hosts events for students, faculty, researchers, and staff to highlight the behind-the-scenes work that preserves Harvard's renowned collections. 

Celebrate Library Preservation Week 2017

Preservation Demonstrations at Cabot Science Library--Tuesday 4/18, Noon-2:30 pm at Cabot Library Discovery Bar: Demonstrations of analytical imaging, digital preservation, environmental monitoring, and analysis of salted paper prints.  Harvard ID required.

Pamphlet Making--Tuesday 4/18, Noon - 2:00 pm at Dudley House lobby: Open drop-in session to learn how to fold and sew paper into a simple pamphlet. 

Make Your Own Book--Wednesday, 4/19, 2:00-4:30 pm: Curious about how a book is made?  Join Harvard Library Preservation staff to make a book of your very own. Using historic techniques, you will complete a book to use for notes, journaling, or just to impress your friends!  All tools and materials provided.  Registration is currently FULL.  For more information, email Kate Rich:  Harvard ID required.

Preservation Basics for Mini-Exhibitions--Thursday 4/20, 3:00-4:30 pm at Lamont Forum Room: Co-sponsored with RTL Shares, this hands-on session for library staff will address how to create a small exhibition that is safe for the collections you want to display.  Find out about a variety of mounts and cradles, how to select materials in good condition, and how light, temperature and humidity affect materials while they are being exhibited. Restricted to Harvard library staff.

Preservation Week Anchor Event--Monday 4/24, 2:00-4:30 at Lamont Forum Room: Join Preservation Services staff as we kick off the official Preservation Week.  Try your hand at leather tooling, learn how to preserve your digital photos, assess the preservation quality of a frame, and more.  Sign up on-site to get an insider’s perspective on the art of creating exhibits with a tour of Houghton Library’s current show, HIST 75H: A Master Class on Harvard Library led by preservation and curatorial staff. Come and learn what Harvard Library Preservation does for you! If you do not have a Harvard ID, RSVP to to be added to the guest list.

Make Your Own Historic Book--Wednesday, 4/26, 1:30-4:30: Learn how to make a 15th century link stitch binding!  Step into the past with Preservation Services staff and make this simple, elegant book, popular with students and scholars in its time and still used by book enthusiasts today. No experience necessary.  All tools and materials provided.  Spaces are limited.  Registration is currently FULL.  For more information, email Kate Rich:  Harvard ID required.

Tour of Collections Care Lab & Imaging Services--Thursday, 4/27, 2-3:00: Get a behind-the scenes look at how Harvard's collections are restored and preserved with a guided tour of the Collections Care and Imaging Services labs at Widener Library.  Spaces are limited.  Please sign up by sending your full name to Kate Rich:  Harvard ID required.


Preservation Week 2016--archived